Enjoying the Small Things

I often forget to notice the lovely small things that surround me in life. I become so preoccupied with my studies or what time the bus is going to pick me up or even what brand of yogurt I want to buy. However, I seem to always be distracted or have my head down and […]

• Posted on February 13, 2018 by Leah Butler in , , , , ,


Honorary Newfie

Would you like to wake up beside the ocean, hike a mountain, and encounter a moose all in the same day? If so, Newfoundland is the place for you! This past summer, I had the opportunity to participate in the Biology Field Camp in Gros Morne National Park and it was truly an experience like […]

Surviving the Second Semester Slump

As we all know, the second semester is upon us. This time of year brings with it simultaneous feelings of both excitement and terror as the school year races to the finish line. Here are some tips for surviving the second-semester slump: Be Proactive in Your Learning — Don’t stress yourself out by waiting until […]

• Posted on February 6, 2018 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , , , ,


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Campus Jobs for Students

Is working on campus really all that it seems? The answer is yes. Taking on a job while being a student may seem to be a little daunting and overwhelming, but in reality, part time campus jobs provide that perfect balance between some extra cash in your pocket and still being able to focus on […]

• Posted on February 5, 2018 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , , ,


How to have a social life and get your work done on time

In most of my years in university, the majority of my high school friends were attending the same school or would even live in the same residence building. Due to our proximity we all knew we could see one another whenever we would like. After high school, it is tough to keep in touch with […]

• Posted on February 2, 2018 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , , ,


Residents’ Council: Why you should Apply!

One of the best decisions I have ever made is joining Residents’ Council. This year was my first year (and last unfortunately) as a residents’ council executive but I have loved every minute of it. Being an executive teaches you many skills and allows you to work together and independently, it helps you grow as […]

• Posted on February 1, 2018 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,


There’s No Place Like Home

For many students, making the decision to live off-campus in their upper years requires a lot of decisions and hard work. For my roommates and I we made the decision too late last year and ended up missing out on the great houses available for students to rent in North Bay. So this year we […]

• Posted on January 30, 2018 by McKenna Hill in , , ,


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Four Things that I’ve Learned from my Time at University

Over my four years at Nipissing, I’ve learned many different things through lectures and classroom discussions. However, some of the bigger life lessons that I’ve learned have come from my volunteer experiences, residence life, and my overall university experience. While I anticipated learning many things surrounding my degree, the list of things that I learned […]

• Posted on January 29, 2018 by Hannah Davidson in , , , ,


Cautiously Approaching my “New Semester, New Me” Resolutions

Similar to a New Year’s resolution, the notion of “new semester, new me” is meant to outline a set of resolutions that a student will incorporate into their daily lives; thus, apparently, allowing them to become a happier and more productive student. However, this never quite seems to happen as we expect it to. Which, […]

• Posted on January 26, 2018 by Amber Walker in , , ,


Romance Is In The Air

It’s that time of year again. The temperature has dropped below zero, the sun is up for less than ten hours a day, and many of us are looking for someone special to spend some quality time with during these drab winter days. Whether you’ve only just met or you’ve been together for a while, […]

• Posted on December 13, 2017 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,


The End of Semester Stress

It’s that time of the year again where finals are approaching and everyone is stressed out. It is okay to be stressed out, indeed it is normal and expected to be stressed out but it is important how you handle your stress. Here are some tips on how some students handle the stresses of end of the semester and exam season:
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You Don’t Have to Decide Right Now

Back when I was in high school and trying to decide on what university I wanted to go to, I was going through all the questions in my mind and I ended up at a standstill based on my rational self and what I wanted to pursue.
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You’re Never A Number, You’re Always A Person

Sometimes we can feel like although there are people all around us we are completely alone and no on cares in that moment how we are feeling and what is happening in our lives. As a second year nursing student effected by the 6 week college strike, it often felt like throughout the strike our political figures didn’t see the 500,000 students out of class as people and just a number.
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Making the Most of Your Degree: 4 Reasons You Should Consider Pursuing a Minor

As a third-year undergraduate student here at Nipissing University, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you know your degree and program options. There are so many to choose from, and each degree and program option offers unique opportunities for a student to explore their academic, occupational and individual interests! While I could spend hours talking about the different options you might choose from, today I’ve decided to tell you about my favourite program addition—the minor—and I’ve provided four reasons why you should pursue one too!
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Thinking About Life After Graduation

Yes, I know that it is only November. And yes, I know that this post *might* be stressing you out (heck, it’s stressing me out just to write it!). But it’s important to remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your future. Here are five questions to get you thinking about the rest of your life (no pressure, I’ll just be here eating ice cream out of the container; feel free to join!)
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• Posted on November 16, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,


Committing to Campus: Getting Involved at Nipissing U

You go to school to learn. But did you know you can learn just as much at school outside of the classroom as you do sitting in a lecture? It may sound cliché, but getting involved on campus is the best way to make the most of your university experience. You will learn important life lessons, teamwork strategies, and effective organization and communication techniques.
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• Posted on November 10, 2017 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,


Make it work for you!

Everyone asks, “how do I do it?” How do I balance school and life and make time for self-care? It’s always hard to figure out in the first month, but as soon as you get into a rhythm, it kind of makes itself work.
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• Posted on November 7, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,


Balancing the Student Life

We are at a weird time of our lives – a time where we are expected to work, do school, volunteer, work out, sleep 8 hours a night, not miss a reading, have assignments completed well before they are due, and still have time for self care and friends. I am not a math major but I can guarantee that there are not enough hours in the day for that to happen. But somehow we are able to balance jobs, self care, extra curricular activities and to “do it all”.
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• Posted on November 1, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,


Making Self-Care a Priority

With midterm season in full swing it is important to review the importance of taking care of ourselves. I know for me this time of year can be really draining and sometimes I just need time for myself. Here are some tips and tricks to help you in taking care of YOU!
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• Posted on October 27, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , , , ,


The Good Neighbour Program

Residents of North Bay might have noticed the recent promotions of ‘The Good Neighbour Program’. The program was created by the City of North Bay in 2016, but has recently been going through a ‘reboot’ with the help and collaboration of NUSU, the North Bay Police, Nipissing University, Canadore College, and Canadore Student Council. The program hopes to educate North Bay residents about how to be respectful to their neighbours and mindful about the communities in which they live.
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• Posted on October 26, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,


Surviving Nipissing: An Upper Year Perspective

While many individuals have just entered their first year at Nipissing University, I have entered my final year. As fun as that may sound to first years who are experiencing midterm stress for the first time, I am experiencing a whirlwind of emotions that I didn’t expect. In addition to writing papers, studying and reading, I am applying for my masters and coming to terms with the fact that at the end of this year, will be leaving Nipissing.
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• Posted on October 23, 2017 by Hannah Davidson 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 , , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , , ,