Small Class Sizes, Big Opportunities

With NU Open House just around the corner, I’ve found myself reflecting on my (very distant) memories of applying to post-secondary institutions…and just how much work prospective students put into finding their new academic home! I can remember going to all the open houses with my heart on my sleeve, finding myself charmed by every […]

Handling the Pre-University Preparation

With move in day, frosh week and the start of classes quickly approaching, it’s inevitable that you’ll be thinking at least a little bit about what you need to do before you kick start your university career. As someone who’s been a part of four residence move ins and four orientation weeks (one as a student, one as a volunteer and two as staff) during my 4 year undergrad, here are my five tips on the pre-university prep:
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• Posted on August 2, 2017 by Campus Tour Guides in , , , ,


Making Fitness a Priority

Even though between classes, homework, work and your friends it may seem like there’s not enough time in the day for everything, it’s important to eat healthy and make fitness a priority. Often, working out is one of those things that we all say we want to do but at the end of the day we choose that extra nap, that extra hour of studying or realistically that extra episode of Netflix over going to the gym.
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• Posted on April 21, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


A Few Words of Wisdom From the Gadfly of Nipissing

As students, we often turn towards the best and brightest for wisdom and guidance. This is especially true when spring arrives and current students tackle exams and prospective students begin to consider what university will hold in store for them next September. This year we searched far and wide across the campus to find the perfect student to bestow a few words of wisdom onto you: Socrates.
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• Posted on April 20, 2017 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,


Why Nipissing Residence is the Best!

One of the most exciting things about going into my first year of university was the opportunity to live in residence. The possibilities seemed endless; getting my own bedroom and living with others my own age, having my own apartment without the fear of dealing with a landlord or paying monthly for rent. I remember I was counting down the days until I could leave for university.
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• Posted on April 13, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , , , ,


Big Dreams, Coffee Beans; Whatever University is Made Of

Let’s face it, we’ve all wondered whether we’ve “got the stuff.” You know, the university stuff. The perfect grammar, the work ethic, the flawless work/volunteer/school/social life/sleep combo; like, if you were a pizza, they’d call you a supreme… THAT stuff! The stuff that all of our high school dreams were made of. We, the university students, are supposed to be the epitome of intelligence, punctuality, and confidence all wrapped up in a cute little bow coloured in every shade of “hire me!” But are we really? To conclude the year on a high note, I’ve decided to interview some of your peers in an attempt to unveil what this university “stuff” is really all about—and, through a compilation of embarrassing stories, I’ve learned that perfection isn’t really part of your NU welcome package—but that makes it all the better!
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• Posted on April 12, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , ,


Coping Strategies to Avoid End of Year Stress

With the end of the year quickly approaching, it has become quite obvious to me that students’ stress levels have increased quite dramatically. In many of my classes, professors have asked us what we are doing for self-care, and it seems to have become a competition to see who has it the worst. Throughout my discussions with students, professors, friends and family, I have slowly begun to compile a series of coping strategies that can be used in times like these. Hopefully, if you are one of those students feeling a little stressed, you will find some of these tips and strategies helpful.
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• Posted on April 6, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,


On Campus Jobs!

Ever since I finished my first summer as a Nipissing University student employee in the Office of Student Development and Services this past summer and continued my position part-time throughout the year, I’ve sung the endless praises of the benefits of having an on-campus job. I didn’t realize all the perks that would come with employment with Nipissing, and so I want to make sure more students know about it!
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• Posted on April 5, 2017 by Abbey Thompson in , , , , , , ,


Staying Focused During Exams

Final projects and essays are due, you’re exhausted and behind on sleep and all you can think about is being done school for another summer. Summer is near…and so are exams. Staying focused on exams can be tough, here are some tips for getting through exams and all the deadlines!
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• Posted on April 4, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , , ,


Life Lessons Taught while at University

This is my last post as an undergraduate student at Nipissing University. I am completing my degree in philosophy this year, so I will not be returning in the fall. It’s a very bittersweet feeling. In one way I am excited to move out of town and go somewhere new, but I am also not sure what I want to do anymore.
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• Posted on March 31, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,


Ways to be Eco-friendly

It’s pretty crazy that it’s already almost April. It’s hard to believe that exams are just around the corner. But let’s not forget that next month, Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day! On this day you are encouraged to use less energy and be more eco-friendly. My family and I always made an event out of Earth Day – we turn out all the lights at 7 or 8 o’clock, sit in the dark for an hour or so and just talk and have fun.
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• Posted on March 29, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,


Studying: Where and How

It’s that time of the semester where everyone is overwhelmed by last minute essays and studying. It is now that you most need to focus, but are least able to, thanks to all the pressure bearing down as the year comes to an end. Here I want to offer some suggestions of the best places and techniques to help you finish all those assignments and begin the studying process.
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• Posted on March 28, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , ,


PSYCH MAJOR 101

When people ask me what program I’m taking in university, I am always so excited to tell them that I am a psychology major. Choosing psychology as my major has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Believe it or not, psychology can relate to everything and anything; whether you are interested in teaching, life development, law, art, the brain, behaviour and so much more, psychology could be the major for you!
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• Posted on March 27, 2017 by Jaana Kekki in , , , ,


The Final Push

With April just around the corner it is only normal that students begin to become more stressed out with thought of their upcoming exams. While this is normal and can help motivate you to do your best, it is also important that you remember to take some time for yourself. Your mental health is important, and that should not be forgotten.
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• Posted on March 24, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


Student Financials

Busy people can tend to forget to pay close attention to their finances.You should pay close attention to the way you spend money, invest and the scholarships and bursaries available for students. As students, we actually reap a lot of financial benefits that are not available to the general adult public. For me, I was not aware of some of the financial resources available through Nipissing University or the bank.
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• Posted on March 23, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard in , ,


English Courses You May Not Know About!

The English Department here at Nipissing offers a wonderful array of courses every year, but did you know that every other year some pretty wicked classes are revived? Here are four courses that are offered every other year that are pretty spectacular.
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• Posted on March 21, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , , ,


One Step at a Time

It’s that time of the year again where summer can seem far out of sight, but I wanted to remind my fellow Lakers that you are not alone and we are getting to the end of the semester soon! Here are a few reminders that you are doing better than you may think!
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• Posted on March 20, 2017 by Jaana Kekki in , ,


Do I Need a Crystal Ball or is My Future Crystal Clear?

All that my friends and I have been able to talk about lately is the prospect of finishing third year this year – and finally moving into fourth year and finishing our undergraduate degrees. I have one particular group of friends that have been together since our first few days in first year – but the five of us are all headed in different directions next year: law school, graduate school, nursing, teacher’s college, and pursuing an MBA. Regardless, we’re all feeling the pressure that comes with each passing day to decide how next year will play out.
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• Posted on March 17, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , , , ,


Time for Reflection

Congratulations: only 3 more weeks and then classes are over! Then you have almost all of April off to relax before summer jobs start…well, unless you want to study for exams, I guess. This blog is intended to make you reflect on this past school year and see what you liked and what you would like to change for next year (if anything).
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• Posted on March 16, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


What to do when you have five assignments to do in a week

The reality of university is having a bunch of classes in a semester and only a few weeks for them all. The semester is surprisingly short, at first it may seem like 12 weeks is loads of time, but in actuality it’s incredibly short. So the inevitable tends to happen, all your professors seem to have all planned out that your final assignments and essays are all due on the same week.
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• Posted on March 15, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , ,


Making Memories

With the end of the year quickly approaching, now is the time to make great memories. That may seem a like a crazy idea based on how much reading, studying and writing you may have, but think about the looming summer vacation. Soon enough, your year will be over, and you will have four blissful months to reflect and reminisce about your year. Of course, I’m not saying that making memories should come before schoolwork, but they can become a great stress relief for those occasional study breaks. Take these last few weeks to get involved, explore North Bay, and spend time with friends. Soon you will find yourself packing up, heading home, and saying goodbye to some of your best friends that you have met through university.
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• Posted on March 14, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , , , ,


Reading Week Regrets

So, it’s that time of year where 98% of students are feeling the weight of regret after not accomplishing that long to-do list we optimistically made at the beginning of Reading Week. As that guilt sets in, professors are reminding us that we’re in our final 5 weeks of the semester – cue panic. The good thing is that many of us are in the same boat and there are tons of strategies, resources, and tools to make the best out of the next month!
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To Take a Summer Course or Not?

As summer is on the horizon, it’s hard not think about what it will be like to not have to open a textbook or log onto Blackboard for another 4 months. However, with summer approaching, spring and summer courses are also opening. I know that you may be thinking, “well I passed all my classes, why would I take summer courses?” Here are 5 reasons why you should consider a spring or summer online course!
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• Posted on March 9, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,


Embrace Challenges

If school was easy, then where would the challenge be? The obvious goal of post-secondary education is to prepare yourself for your future career. In the process, you want to evolve and learn. To do so, I have learned not to compare my academic success to that of others.
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• Posted on March 8, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard in , , ,


Keeping it Simple: Remembering to Fuel Yourself on the Go

It goes without saying that being a student means you are busy. Between classes, study groups, jobs, and the rare extracurricular, sometimes our days can span 12+ hours. And in the midst of this award-winning juggling act, sometimes the simple things, like food and water, fall to the wayside. I’ve had many a day when I realize, as my head hits the pillow at night, that I’ve had only a banana or a granola bar that day. In order to perform our best, we must fuel ourselves properly. If the tank runs empty, you will never make it through those 8am-10pm days. So here are some tips and tricks for staying well fed and hydrated throughout your busy days!
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• Posted on March 7, 2017 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,


I’m almost done my Undergraduate Degree

It seems surreal that my undergraduate degree will soon be finished. My life is definitely in a completely different place than I ever imagined it would be four years ago. First, I am in a relationship. We are just celebrating three years living together and we adopted a dog last summer. I also don’t have any specific job plans after I graduate and I am not planning on immediately pursuing a post-graduate education. Those two things were what I always worried about all through high school and partially into my undergraduate degree.
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• Posted on March 3, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,


5 Ways You Can Show Your Textbooks Who’s Boss (Hint: It’s You)

Calling all current and prospective Nipissing University students! Do you find yourself feeling fatigued? Run down? Defeated? Overwhelmed? Are you tired of being pushed around by one thousand plus pages of course readings that you never intended on tackling in the first place? If you answered yes to any—and probably all—of these questions, let me tell you that you are not alone. I too have found myself in the midst of an academic wrestling match; absolutely pummelled by course reading after course reading, all with the high hopes of an even higher (though still illusive) GPA…but it doesn’t have to be this way! Is it too cliché to ask why we can’t all be friends? Anyways, in light of our fleeting Reading Week, I’ve decided to share a few tips that will get you out of the ring, and back onto the academic podium.
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• Posted on March 2, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,


Tips on Getting Your First Part-Time Job

University is expensive, and so are all the things that come along with it. Many students will realize that getting their first part-time job might soon be a reality. The first thing to think about is if you can handle a part-time job. Some people might feel comfortable balancing a new work life with their school work, others might only be comfortable working during the summer months so they can focus on their studies.
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• Posted on March 1, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


Teachers College Here I Come!

Well, with my final few weeks here at Nipissing, it’s time I did a self-reflection of the best four years of my life. Reading Week has just passed, and that means there is only a few more weeks of school before I can call myself a Nipissing University Graduate – but the best part is that I get to come back for more! I’ve had so many amazing memories here, and I’m so excited to see what the future two years have in store.
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Goal Setting

Effective goal setting is something that teachers have been trying to get students to learn since middle school. But, as we all know, it isn’t easy and some of us never attain the skill to set goals that are realistic to our abilities. Here I want to offer some ways to avoid overwhelming yourself and getting stuck in a cycle of overreaching and failing.
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• Posted on February 24, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , ,


(READ)ING WEEK

Oh, Reading Week…every student’s favourite time of the year! Whether you are one of the lucky ones travelling this break, heading home to the family or staying in The Bay, dedicate this week to YOU! Being in 4th year, I’ve learned that I cannot cram the rest of my readings for the semester into one week, or finish all my assignments. I’ve learned how important it is to take a step back and take this week to do what you need.
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• Posted on February 23, 2017 by Jaana Kekki in , , , ,


Singing All Your Stresses Away: Using Music Therapy to Destress and Ease Anxiety

During my current clinical rotation I had the opportunity to attend one of the recreational therapy programs that the unit offers. In a group of about 7 patients, 3 nursing students and a recreational therapist, we were able to experience the benefits and therapeutic side of music.
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• Posted on February 22, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , ,


A New Perspective

I love living in North Bay. I love everything about this city, I’ve been so lucky to pick a school that is as awesome and accommodating as Nipissing U. But you know what absolutely freaks me out? The fact that in less than four months I’m going to have to leave this beautiful, scenic city for the raging, industrialized city of Hamilton.
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• Posted on February 21, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , ,


Looking Forward: The Battle Between Your Head and Heart

If you are anything like me, you may be at a point in your life where you just don’t know what your next step should be. Growing up, I had two life dreams: to be a Criminal Profiler (cough, this was during my Criminal Minds addiction), and to be a published author. I grew out of the former, however, many years later when people ask me what I want to be when I grow up my answer is always the same: a writer.
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• Posted on February 17, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , ,


Preparing for Reading Week

While the countdown for Reading Week may have begun, there are several different things to keep in mind. Although Reading Week may sound like a great time to relax and sleep in, it definitely lives up to its name. If you’ve taken a look at your syllabi, you’ve probably noticed that you have a heavy amount of readings to get done. You probably also have several quizzes, papers and assignments in general. Getting things done on your week off from classes can be difficult, especially if you choose to go home for the break. The following are several tips and tricks that I have learned over my years at Nipissing. Some may seem quite obvious, but I promise, give them a go and you’ll feel much more relaxed and prepared once classes start up again!
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• Posted on February 16, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , , , ,


Scheduling Relaxation and Self-care

To the high-achievers challenged with living in the moment, this is a reminder to take the time for yourself. This is a lesson that, time and time again, I have to remind myself. I am a person who has a hard time relaxing when I have tasks left on my to-do list. I am not alone with the struggle to relax. A hard-working attitude is not a bad thing, but getting caught up in a fast-paced life can bring unwanted stress. This causes me to burn out quickly and overextend myself until I am exhausted or get sick. These habits are not beneficial to our personal well-being, health, or academic success. Our personal health and academic success affect each other. This is why we need balance and to prioritize both our ‘to-do list’ and our ‘I want to list’. However, this does not mean procrastinate or don’t put in the hours for your school work.
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• Posted on February 15, 2017 by Lindsay Ballard in , , , ,


Apps to Download for School

Hey guys, here is a list of apps I find very helpful with my schooling. I highly suggest that if you have not downloaded them yet, to do so now!
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• Posted on February 14, 2017 by Ian Farintosh in , , ,


How to stay motivated when the last thing you want to do is work

Getting down to work when everything in you is telling you ‘No, you have more time’ is incredibly tempting. Without constant nagging it’s easily to just tell yourself that you will do something when you’re feeling more up to the task. But there comes a time when we really need to get down to business and it’s no longer a choice of doing something to keep on top of things, it becomes more of a matter when something HAS to be done.
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• Posted on February 9, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , ,


Burning the Fire too Bright

I am guilty of the age-old habit student always seem to get stuck in when a new semester strikes, which is declaring that I will do things different this time around; I will not procrastinate, I will do every single reading, and I will start every assignment a month in advance. I’m sure these all sound terribly familiar, and for the first week you may even be successful at them. Unfortunately, not long after, you suddenly start to just feel tired and overwhelmed. More than likely, it’s because your sudden passion to get things done all at once has left you burned out. The exhaustion and stress afterwards leaves you farther behind than you ever intended, creating a cycle of self-loathing, stress, and guilt. So here I have decided to compile some small aids and reminders when attempting this kind of resolution again.
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• Posted on February 8, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,


How to Write a Solid Essay (From Someone Who’s Been There, Done That)

Hey friends! At least once a week without fail, I get a text from one of my friends asking if they can “send me a paper”. This of course, has become code for “SOS please edit my essay right away”. Now, reminder that I’m majoring in both English and History: I write a lot of papers. A lot, a LOT of papers. Here are some general tips I’ve learned in my three years of my undergrad!
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• Posted on February 7, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , , , ,


Looking Back

Grade 12 was nothing if not demanding; with constant stressing over maintaining my grades, writing applications for scholarships and applying to university. Considering that, you’d think that I would have been excited when I had finally narrowed it down to which 4 universities I was going to apply to. However, the real panic began to set in when I started to ask myself, which one do I choose?
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• Posted on February 3, 2017 by Campus Tour Guides in , ,


Exchange/Study Abroad and Why You Should Do It

Exactly one year ago, on this day and around this time I was on board a flight from L.A to Melbourne, Australia. I can remember my exact feelings of nerves, readiness, and excitement bundled into one as I woke up from my nap and peered out the window to get my first ever sneak peak of the Las Vegas strip. I was so excited to begin my adventure of seven months in Australia, but I was sad to leave my life back at home as well. I had slight tears in my eyes at the thought of not seeing my family for more than half a year, but I couldn’t believe what adventures would be in store for me down under.
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• Posted on February 2, 2017 by Alexis Poirier in , , ,


How to ‘Expecto Patronum’ Your Demons Away

When J.K. Rowling was writing the Harry Potter series, she was suffering from severe depression. The soul-sucking Dementors she created became a metaphor for that depression, and the spell used to combat those evil creatures became a source of light. ‘Expecto Patronum’ is arguably one of the most inspiring spells that Rowling creates in her entire series. It is a beacon of hope, one that thousands of people across the globe have tattooed onto their bodies as a daily reminder to keep fighting against their demons. Whether that be mental health, stress, fear of rejection, loneliness, addictions, jealousy, anger, etc. So how can you keep your own demons at bay?
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• Posted on February 1, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , ,


Bouncing Back from Stress

The most stressful situations, when I feel overwhelmed and unhappy, are also some of the biggest challenges I’ve had to face. I like talking about any and all struggles I have because its been a huge part of my experience as a student and a big part of my experience involved believing that perfection is achievable (Spoiler Alert: It’s not). I’ve had people come back to me and tell me that they never believed me when I told them how tough simple things can seem for some people when they are going through stressful experiences, until they went through them themselves.
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• Posted on January 30, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , , ,


Top 10 Places to Visit While in North Bay

If you haven’t already, here are a few places in and around North Bay worth checking out!
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• Posted on January 27, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in ,


Visualize Your Future…Literally

Now, I know I’m a little behind on the “New Year, New Me” spiel. However, I hope these few words of advice are more helpful than a gimmicky New Year’s resolution that will be inevitably forgotten before reading week.
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• Posted on January 24, 2017 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,


Lessons From My First Year Living On My Own

I’ve technically been living on my own for 7 months now, but “first year on my own” sounded like a better title. Regardless, I’ve reflected a lot about my experiences thus far and I felt like some of them were important to share amongst my fellow post-secondary peers!
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• Posted on January 23, 2017 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,


Bell Let’s Talk Day

Mental health and mental health awareness is something that should be talked about more in today’s society. As someone who has suffered from anxiety my entire life, I know what it feels like to be ashamed. But over time I’ve gotten help and have been able to know that I’m okay and that I can cope with anxiety. Mental health is not something that you should be ashamed for having, ever. That’s why I’m urging everyone no matter who you are, where you come from, if you’re suffering from mental health issues, or you’re supporting someone who does, please participate in Bell’s Let’s Talk Day campaign on the 25th of January.
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• Posted on January 20, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,


Bring What You Love to Campus

For many of us moving away from home means leaving behind all the familiarities of the hobbies we love. The local hockey arena, dance studio, soccer fields, and swimming pools. But that doesn’t mean you have to leave your hobbies behind.
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• Posted on January 19, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,


New Semester, New Beginnings

At the beginning of every semester I look back on the previous semester and look ahead on the new one. When looking back it is easy to identify a test I should have studied more for, a reading I should have done or an essay that I could have proofread again. While there’s nothing that I can change from the past, I can make changes in the future. Once you fall behind, it can be hard to catch up and although we go into survival mode until reading week and have plans to catch up then, that week is much needed for some rest and relaxation. Here are some changes to consider for the new semester:
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• Posted on January 18, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,