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We Ru(i)n The World

Nipissing University is so fortunate to be situated in a beautiful, natural landscape. This is one of the reasons I chose to attend Nipissing in the first place. I find getting out and enjoying nature to be very calming, especially during challenging times throughout the school year. Having a deep appreciation for the environment has […]

• Posted on April 4, 2019 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,

Scholaring 101: Study Smarter, Not Harder

When you’re a university student, the noun “scholar” becomes a verb too. In my own definition, (because the Oxford Dictionary hasn’t picked this up yet), “scholaring” is the act of studying or working on school-related activities. I’m writing this post from the library, which is packed with students writing long equations and definitions on whiteboards, […]

• Posted on April 2, 2019 by Amy Rebel in

Early Days

It isn’t a secret that the days are growing longer, and the sun has been peeking out more often. Our short grey days, are slowly shifting into longer and sunnier days. This can only mean one thing – spring is just around the corner. My favourite thing is waking up early and knowing I’m up […]

• Posted on March 28, 2019 by Leah Butler in ,

Let’s Get Involved!

It’s that time of year where everyone starts to feel groggy, tired and bored. I know I’m not the only one who is sick and tired of the snow and the cold, cold weather. Not to mention, with midterms right around the corner, students are feeling stressed and tired. I know watching NetFlix and taking […]

• Posted on March 27, 2019 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,

Our Journey So Far to Becoming a BPSO

In the last couple of weeks, Nipissing University’s School of Nursing has been featured, along with 2 other institutions, for our work to become Best Practice Spotlight Organizations in the Registered Nurse Journal. This is something to celebrate as our Nursing School works to engage faculty and students in the implementation of 5 Best Practice […]

Over the River & Through the Woods: Student Support at NU

Imagine for a moment that you’re going for a hike on a new trail. Some of your friends and family have done this hike before, and promised a gorgeous view at the end of the trail. Seems pretty nice, right? You’ve prepared for this hike: you’re wearing running shoes, you’ve dressed properly, you’ve packed a […]

• Posted on March 19, 2019 by Amy Rebel in , , ,

It Isn’t Easy to Say Goodbye

Four years ago, I wrote a blog post about six of the most important lessons that I learned during my first year of undergraduate studies. While I cannot possibly reduce my NU experience to just six lessons, I cannot help but think about how almost unbelievable it seems that in just a few short weeks […]

There’s An App for That

Most of us spend a great deal of our waking hours on our phones or laptops, but this time doesn’t necessarily have to be unproductive. Electronic devices can be a huge resource for students with the help of some handy apps. The Multitasker Evernote is a multipurpose app that allows users to write notes, take […]

I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else

In the next couple months, I will be halfway through my program and halfway to getting my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As I reflect on my time at Nipissing, I reflect on how much I love this school, and how I would not want to be learning and growing anywhere else. There are just […]

The Benefits of Having a Furry Friend

The past few months I’ve been reflecting back on my 3 years at Nipissing, and have found myself realizing how lucky I have been! We have a beautiful campus surrounded by nature, I have amazing friends and recently an amazing, furry, study buddy! When I lived in Founders House during my first and second year, […]

• Posted on February 28, 2019 by McKenna Hill in , , ,

Maximizing Productivity: Finding the Study Spot that Works Best for You

Well, Lakers: it’s that time of the semester again. With only just a few weeks left until final exams, students from every program are certainly saddled with all-too-many course readings, assignments and mid-terms. During this part of the semester, productivity is,  undoubtedly, key. It is absolutely imperative that you find the perfect study spot to […]

• Posted on February 27, 2019 by Amber Walker in , , ,

The Midterm Survival Guide

It’s that time again! Midterms! Wow, how fast the time has gone. How are we already halfway through our second semester already? I know time has flown for me. I have compiled a list of my best tips to survive your midterms! Just remember to do your best, have fun, and that a single grade […]

• Posted on February 25, 2019 by Casey Monkelbaan in , ,

Self Maintenance: The Self Care You Didn’t Know You Were Doing

Does watching your favourite Netflix series on an endless loop while you have a paper due stress you out? Does retail therapy make your bank account want to cry? Is your current self care becoming more stressful than helpful? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, hold on tight because I’m about to […]

• Posted on February 21, 2019 by Amy Rebel in , , , , , ,

Hit The Jackpot This Summer

This time of year has me reminiscing about the homework-free, sunshine-filled days of summer. With only a few months left of the school year and summer job applications already popping up, now is the perfect time to begin planning for those warmer months. A summer job will help you build your resume, gain marketable skills, […]

Let’s talk about L-O-V-E (yourself, that is)

If there’s anything that I think people struggle with, it’s loving themselves. Growing up, insecurity runs deep in many. Whether it’s about body image, intelligence, confidence, self esteem, self acceptance – whatever that creates an obstacle blocking you from loving yourself. Maybe it’s because we’re all still trying to figure out who we are – […]

• Posted on February 12, 2019 by Leah Butler in , , , , ,

Graduation is Near

It is hard to believe that 5 years of University has come and gone so quickly. It has been 5 years full of amazing experiences, making new friends, living on my own, and yes, a few stressful times. Despite the mixture of positives and negatives, I would not trade the experience. Not only has my […]

So… What’s Next?

January 2019. Wow. It seems like I was graduating High School yesterday but, low and behold I am almost done my third year of university, which means next year, I will be graduating. I feel so old. Not only do I feel old but I’m scared. Scared of what I’m going to do with the […]

• Posted on February 5, 2019 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,

Student Accessibility Services: Using the Supports Available to You

I came to Nipissing University with an informal Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  When I arrived, I had no idea where to go to access the supports and services similar to what I had used at my high school.  I’m here to tell you that I found everything I needed in all of the WONDERFUL staff […]

• Posted on February 1, 2019 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,

Choose the Program that Inspires You

Whenever someone asks about how I chose my major, I’m always quick to joke that I didn’t: instead, my major chose me. While this all seems rather silly, there is an element of truth to my sense of humour. After all, I began my Undergraduate studies without a sense of direction or any real commitment […]

• Posted on January 30, 2019 by Amber Walker in , , , ,

A Colourful Approach to a Happier You

From January 11th-13th, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Residence Life Conference. This event was gathering of student staff from various post-secondary institutions who work in Residence Life as Community Assistants (like me), Dons, Council Executives, and more. At the conference, we attended a variety of presentations. My favourite, by far, was about […]

• Posted on January 28, 2019 by Amy Rebel in , , , ,

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A Student’s Guide to a Healthier New Year

When the new year begins, people often set a goal to improve some aspect of their lifestyle. Whether it’s spending less money, getting in shape, or reducing stress in your life, setting your sights on a healthier you is a crucial first step to making the necessary changes. However, as a student, if can be […]

• Posted on January 25, 2019 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,

Restaurant Recommendations

Cecil’s Brewhouse and Kitchen -If you like the Irish Pub feel then you’re going to LOVE Cecil’s. Located downtown at 300 Wyld Street – This place is incredible. Live music, great staff and food that is to die for. I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get the “Green Apple and Pecan Harvest Salad”, or the classic […]

• Posted on January 22, 2019 by Leah Butler in , , , , ,

Ask an Undergrad: Should a Full-Time Student Pick Up a Part-Time Job?

As I have said a thousand times before, working towards earning an undergraduate degree alone is one of the most rewarding and challenging goals a person might have. And, so, some people might find it odd to learn that many undergraduate students maintain their full-time studies whilst holding a part-time job. For my entire undergraduate […]

• Posted on January 17, 2019 by Amber Walker in , , , ,

Volunteer Opportunities are Worth the Time

When you work on assignments and study to the point where you feel as if you have no free time for yourself, volunteer opportunities can quickly become the last thing on your mind. While I will admit that it is difficult to become involved with campus life and taking the time to volunteer is no […]

Organizing Your Time for Finals

You did it! You’ve almost made it to the end of the semester! This time of year, while being very stressful, is one of the most critical points in the semester. If you’re like me and you didn’t manage your time all too well, you’re probably juggling what feels like a million different assignments to […]

• Posted on December 3, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , , , , ,

Creating your Nipissing Family: Finding the People Who Will Always Cheer You On

I was the oldest child growing up. The one who was always telling my friends where to go and what we were supposed to be doing… basically the “Mom” of my friends. So when moving away for university came along, I thought I’d have no problem. Boy was I wrong! I love North Bay, and […]

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

It’s The Final[s] Countdown!

It’s that time of year again; finals are creeping up on us and most of us are still wondering how it’s already mid-November! During this time, a lot of students feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and tired, so it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and each other! Here are some things to keep […]

• Posted on November 29, 2018 by Amy Rebel in , , ,

So you want to be a biology major?

I remember being in Grade 12 and knowing that I was very passionate about biology, but I was unsure if I had what it takes to commit to studying science at university. Luckily, I met some key individuals who reassured me that I should pursue my passions. As a fourth year biology student who has […]

• Posted on November 26, 2018 by Lauren McLaren in , , , , ,

Gentle Reminders to Keep up the Good work!

With Halloween put behind us, and the first snow-fall making it look a lot like winter here at Nipissing University. This is just a gentle reminder that we need to keep all the excellent work that you are doing, even when you are feeling a little down. Don’t forget that good things lie ahead for […]

• Posted on November 23, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

First Year Advice

  Wait until first week is over to buy books – sometimes the books listed in the course syllabus isn’t used much and the professor will tell you this. There is no sense in buying books for the sake of buying them. Additionally, check used book sale groups for books at a cheaper price or […]

• Posted on November 22, 2018 by Leah Butler in , , , ,

Opportunities Nipissing Has Provided Me Outside of School

There are many times as students when we are encouraged to reach out of our school boundaries and engage in other learning opportunities. As a nursing student this can seem daunting when you have 3 essays, a reflective journal, 2 pre-clinicals and a midterm to study for. In my first 2 years here at Nipissing […]

• Posted on November 16, 2018 by McKenna Hill in , , ,

A Graduate’s Survival Guide to Making it Through Your Final Year

Your last year of university consists of many thoughts in your head. Thoughts like “It’s gone by so fast,” “I’m excited to start the next part of my life” and “this is the first time I’ll ever be done with school.” It’s a lot to take in, and often a mountain of assignments due all […]

• Posted on November 14, 2018 by Jenn Gomolka in , ,

Moving Beyond Your Comfort Zone

As a fourth-year student undergoing my final year of post-secondary studies, I can confidently say that I’ve exhausted my privilege of hindsight and have spent much of my fall semester reflecting upon my experience as an undergraduate student. While Nipissing University has been the foundation for many happy memories and quite a bit of personal […]

Maddy’s Declassified University Survival Guide: Exam Edition

Whether it’s your first time writing exams or your last, all students know the struggle of making it through exams to finally earn a well deserved break. Self-care is often emphasized, but if you struggle with mental health, no one tells you how to deal with that boring self-care when you’re already dealing with a […]

• Posted on April 13, 2018 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,

I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps

On a regular basis I am asked what I want to do after I graduate from Nipissing. I usually reply with a smile, an awkward laugh, and a shrug. When I started university, I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to do in terms of a career, and that’s perfectly O.K.! To anyone else who […]

• Posted on April 10, 2018 by Lauren McLaren in , ,

Summers in North Bay

Many students decide to go home for the summer but some students decide to stay in beautiful North Bay, work and enjoy all that North Bay has to offer in the summer. If you are one of those who decide to stay in North Bay, there is so much more to do than in the […]

• Posted on April 6, 2018 by Mikayla Toyne in , ,

Celebrating you

Coming to an end in the semester has really got me thinking of these past eight months. Months of trying new things, adjusting to change and working harder than I ever have before. I love university, the school, the events and my program but I also love taking time for myself and to spend time […]

When you can’t fight the procrastination anymore

I know my last blog post was on how to prevent procrastination, but at this point in time in the semester we can’t postpone procrastination anymore, its taken full hold of us and is not letting go. This point in time in the semester takes its toll on all of us. We all know exams […]

• Posted on April 4, 2018 by Emily Maw in

The Importance of Self-Care

Over my time at Nipissing, I have learned the importance of self-care and the implications that it has on my schoolwork, my friendships, and my career. When I fail to take care of myself I get stressed easier, I do poorer on schoolwork, and things go downhill quickly. I’ve also been fortunate enough to have […]

• Posted on March 28, 2018 by Hannah Davidson in , , , ,

Caring? Passionate? Motivated?

If you are a caring, passionate and motivated person I would strongly consider applying to university to become a teacher. I have been accepted to the Bachelor of Education program. There are three divisions to select from, which are primary/ junior, junior/ intermediate, and intermediate/senior. Nipissing University offers both the consecutive and concurrent education program. If […]

• Posted on March 28, 2018 by Urooj Ahmed in

Canada to Spain: Making the Most of my Time Abroad

I’ve always known that I want to be a teacher. What I didn’t know was how could I gain the experience that I need in order to excel in that career. In high school I worked as a hostess, and later a waitress. Sure, I held some babysitting jobs here and there, and tutored some […]

• Posted on March 27, 2018 by Ashley Locke in , , ,

Love the Skin You’re In | A Beginners Guide to Body Positivity

The first thing I was warned about when I accepted my offer to University was not about bears, or drinking or drugs, it was about food. Specifically, it was about the “dreaded” Freshmen-Fifteen. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s those pesky pounds you put on in your first year of post-secondary because a box of […]

• Posted on March 23, 2018 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,

It’s Hard to Believe I’ve Made it This Far

I can’t believe how quickly this year has gone by, but at the same time, it has been a long time coming. When I started this year I kept on telling myself that I only had one more year and I’d be done my undergrad degree and next year I can then embark on my […]

A Beginners Guide of How To Survive Nursing School

Out of everything I have learned in the past 2 years as a university student, it is the skills of survival that are the most valuable. Not just academically, but independent living, long distance relationships and self care survival skills. Nursing school is one of the most life changing experiences you will go through as […]

The Final Stretch

After four years of being a student at Nipissing University, my time here will be coming to an end. The thought of my approaching graduation is bittersweet to me. While I am excited to finally be done my schooling experience, I will definitely miss all the things that Nipissing has offered to me. Reflecting back […]

• Posted on March 16, 2018 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

4 Perks of Taking a Course during the SPSU Semesters

As of Tues. March 6, registration for Spring/Summer classes has officially opened! Now, I know what you’re thinking…school isn’t even over yet, and here I am nagging you about enrolling in summer courses. And you know what, if I were in your position – and if I wasn’t the obnoxious, school-loving individual that I am […]

How to Survive your Last Six Weeks of the Semester

Now that reading week is over, we are finally in the home stretch! That’s right, before you know it in 6 weeks we will be writing our exams before we have four glorious months at home! Now if you’re like me I usually am both super excited and sad to go home for the summer […]

• Posted on March 12, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , , , ,

Undergrad in the Lab

It feels like just yesterday that I was attending Nipissing’s March Open House in my grade twelve year. I had received offers of admission from multiple schools, and it was time to make a decision as to where I would spend my next four years. When I attended the open house, I got the opportunity […]

Some Day These Will be the Good Old Days

I’ve recently made a big, adult-ish decision to not return to Nipissing after I graduate this June. Instead, I’ll become a small fish in a big pond and move to Waterloo where I’ll attend Laurier for graduate school. Nipissing has been my home for the last four years, and I’ve loved absolutely each and every […]

• Posted on March 8, 2018 by Maddy Aucoin in


I am pursuing a minor in sociology which I have no regrets about taking. I always get so glad when I tell people I am so close to finishing my degree in Child and Family Studies with a sociology minor. I believe sociology would be great to minor in because there are so many graduate […]

Essential Oil Recommendations

The time I received my essential oil diffuser was a time that changed my life forevermore. Essential oils are natural or mixed oils with strong scents that provide advantages to a person or their home. Personally I enjoy using essential oils for relaxing, easing anxiety, focusing, clearing my mind, etc. You can buy them at […]

• Posted on March 6, 2018 by Leah Butler in , ,

Next Stop, Masters?

The end of the school year is quickly approaching and with it comes the end of many of our undergraduate degrees. Now is the time to start thinking about life after graduation and deciding what paths we want to travel down. Some might jump right in, ready to start their careers. Others might take some […]

• Posted on March 5, 2018 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,

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Spreading Kindness

Here’s to throwing kindness around like confetti! One of the many things to love about Nipissing’s small community is how easy it is to feel cared about here by the professors, professional staff, other students and really anyone who is a part of Nipissing. There are many ways to give back and throw kindness around […]

• Posted on March 2, 2018 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Getting from Point A to Point B

This time last year I would have been boarding my first Northland Bus from the downtown bus terminal in Toronto to return to school in the middle of a snowstorm. Not going to lie I was so upset with my mom for not driving me back to school because I was anxious about missing the […]

• Posted on March 1, 2018 by McKenna Hill in ,


Actually Getting Work Done When on a Break

We have finally come to a point where we get another break in the semester. I’m not sure about you, but for me, these breaks come at the point where I’m ready to collapse and forget about reading and writing for a week and concentrate on having some semblance of a life once again. However, […]

• Posted on February 28, 2018 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , ,

How not to arrive at procrastination Station

Every student puts things off for as long as possible. But here I am to write to you about how to avoid procrastination. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it that assignment will be done and perfect. I have acquired a list of tips and tricks from talking […]

• Posted on February 26, 2018 by Emily Maw in , ,

How to Beat the Winter Blues

The snow seems to keep piling up, and I know that if you’re like me, you’re sick of winter already, BUT it’s only February and winter has only just started. I figured I would put together a collection of three key ways to beat the winter blues and to make the most of the winter […]

• Posted on February 23, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

Oh, For the Love of Learning

The most persistent, and perhaps unpleasant experience I’ve had in the past three years of my Nipissing University journey is that dreadful question of why. Specifically, why did I choose Political Science? Better yet, why couldn’t I have chosen something that would almost certainly have more lucrative job prospects than a major in the social […]

• Posted on February 22, 2018 by Amber Walker in

Surviving Second Semester

Throughout my time at Nipissing, I’ve always noticed how much faster second semester seems to be. While both semesters are the same length, profs seem to spend less time easing us into courses, assignments and tests, and before we know it we’re in the middle of March, pushing through to the end of the semester. […]

• Posted on February 21, 2018 by Hannah Davidson in , , , , , ,

Your 2018-2019 Student Union Team

If you’re a first-year student you may not know that much about your student union, but it’s a great idea to know the students who represent you. As our school just finished its election term for its 2018/2019 school year, we now know who our new executive team will be for next year. Below is […]

• Posted on February 20, 2018 by Courtney Ivany in , ,

What to pack?

If you are an out of town student like I am, you may not know what to pack for residence so here are some helpful suggestions about what to pack: I packed up optional supplies such as my makeup, bathing suit, flip flops, one black dress, two pairs of heels, purses, shorts, tank tops, skirts, sunglasses, […]

• Posted on February 15, 2018 by Urooj Ahmed in

99 Problems, but Social Media Ain’t One

Hi, my name is Maddy, and I’m obsessed with social media. I post aesthetic Instagram photos at least twice a week, Snapchat my everyday life, and tag my friends in adorable Facebook videos daily. This year, I wanted to be more intentional with my time and spend more time interacting with people vis-a-vis. Paradoxically, the […]

• Posted on February 14, 2018 by Maddy Aucoin in

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 , , ,


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 , , ,

Things we’ve ALL said to our Roommates

For the following post, I greatly took inspiration from the Oddessy article: It was actually my roommate who sent me this article that I have drawn inspiration from. Don’t get me wrong, living with your best friend can have its ups and downs, but mostly having roommates allows you to become a family. You basically have […]

• Posted on January 24, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

25 Years in the Future

This year Nipissing University celebrated its 25th birthday. During the celebration, Nipissing opened a time capsule that had been sealed since 1992. The time capsule revealed many items that dated over 25 years, along with letters about how times might have changed. Thinking about the idea of a time capsule makes me wonder what I […]

• Posted on January 22, 2018 by Courtney Ivany in ,

I had the thyme of my life…and the basil…and oregano too: A travel season of stuffing my face

If anyone has met me on the road you’ll know I have 4 great loves in life: pizza, popcorn, coffee and cheese. I’m the type of person who works out to eat. And eat I do. This travel season I was lucky enough to chow down at a few familiar spots and experience some new […]

• Posted on January 17, 2018 by Student Recruitment Officers in

My Humble Advice

Smile! Be yourself! This is just the beginning of the Nipissing University experience and it’s an experience that will forever shape you. So, I have some advice: University is supposed to be an adventure. Come with an open mind; take classes you may not have thought about taking and most importantly, do not change who […]

• Posted on January 12, 2018 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Love Letter

Long-time, no chat… or should I say blog? This recruitment season has been nothing short of amazing. It’s been such a rewarding experience to travel across this beautiful province to speak with students, parents, supporters and guidance counselors! This being my second time round, I had a few tips and tricks ready to make sure […]

• Posted on January 9, 2018 by Student Recruitment Officers in

The Most Rewarding Part of My Job

Here’s a quick story about why I love my job: It’s December and exams are in full swing. I was walking down one of the hallways in the university when I was stopped by a first-year student that I met at the Ontario University Fair the year before. I asked the student how their year […]

• Posted on December 22, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Why Philosophy?

Why Philosophy? It might be the question I have received more than any other in the last half decade. Normally I like to first ask a question back to the person asking me, I like to have a sense of their headspace. I like to have an idea of why they are asking me and […]

• Posted on December 19, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

From A Small-Town Girl to the Big City: Thanks

I won’t lie to you, I was terrified of going to the big city when I started this job.  I spent my early childhood in rural Prince Edward Island and most of my adolescent years in the Ottawa Valley, so I’m very much a small-town girl.  Cities intimidated me.  Everything from the driving to the […]

• Posted on December 18, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers 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 , , ,

Study Hall: Top Places to Get Your Scholar On

Ah, it’s that time of the year again: students frantically flipping through pages of notes five minutes before their exams begin, the smell of coffee everywhere, and desks littered with cue cards and essays. This is my second-to-last exam season before graduation in June, and by this point I’m known (by my friends and Instagram […]

• Posted on December 11, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in

Home is absolutely where your heart is

It’s getting toward exam time and that means it’s almost time to go home! Christmas is fastly approaching (for those who celebrate) as is going to visit our loved ones soon. I know that “home is where your heart is” is a cliché saying, but I completely stand by this. Coming into university, you make […]

• Posted on December 7, 2017 by Leah Butler in , ,

From Muskoka to North Bay

My first year of Nipissing University I attended the Muskoka Campus. The Muskoka campus was closed a few years ago, but my program is now offered at the North Bay Campus. Many of you who studied at Muskoka who are now at the North Bay campus have expressed missing the Muskoka Campus. I miss living […]

• Posted on December 5, 2017 by Urooj Ahmed 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:

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.

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.

Residence Life Conference 2017

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to go to the Residence Life Conference and represent Nipissing University as a delegate and as a presenter. There were 8 Nipissing students in total who attended this conference, 6 of which presented. Nipissing was one of 20 post-secondary institutions from across Canada that participated in Brock University’s Residence Life Conference 2017.

• Posted on November 23, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , ,

25 Unique DIY Holiday Gifts Using a Mason Jar

The holidays are fast approaching! While this might be an exciting time for students who can’t wait to go home and visit their families, it may also be a stressful time for students who are worrying about the financial strain this might cause on them. The good thing is there are many unique gifts idea that can be a truly thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank. Below are 25 unique holiday gift ideas using a mason jar!

• Posted on November 21, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in

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!

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!)

• Posted on November 16, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,

Let it Snow!

To quote my friend, “snow is both a blessing and a curse.” While it looks great from our bedroom windows and makes for excellent pictures, it also makes for a tough season of frozen windshields, slippery sidewalks, and frostbite. However, there are also many great ways to enjoy the snow that is inevitably going to be sticking around for a while. To boost some upset spirits, I’ve compiled a list of some fun things that can be done in North Bay, now that we have snow. Hopefully these fun activities peak your interest and can make the cold weather a little more exciting.

• Posted on November 15, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,

It’s All About The Balance

University is both one of the best experiences in your life, and also one of the scariest and most confusing. I know questions continuously go through my head about whether or not I think I’m in the right program, is all this schooling and money worth it, etc. But one colossal question that continues to pop up in my brain is how I’m going to balance all of my deadlines, getting together with my friends, having time for myself, etc.

• Posted on November 13, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.

• Posted on November 10, 2017 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,

4 Useful Cooking Tips for Beginners

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried many times to make a half-decent meal these past couple months or so. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out and it turns into a bowl of popcorn, for myself at least. I find it extremely annoying when I plan to cook a nice meal and it either burns (we have crappy pans) or tastes like garbage! I also find that pure exhaustion and laziness after a long day takes a role when it comes to cooking. You may be a first-year, like myself, or maybe just haven’t really gotten the hang of cooking and rely solely on Kraft Dinner for a source of nutrition, but we’re all still learning. Anyway, here are some tips from one unsuccessful cook to another that I’ve found useful so far.

• Posted on November 8, 2017 by Leah Butler 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.

• Posted on November 7, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,

Experiential Learning: What’s it All About?

This past May I had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Poland with ten students from Nipissing University, and ten students from Wilfrid Laurier University, to learn about Holocaust memorialization. My interest in this topic was sparked when I took a six-credit course on the Holocaust in my third year of university, and I was curious to do some fieldwork in the setting of these complex historical events.

• Posted on November 6, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,

Knowledge is powerful, so why not consider a degree in CHILD and FAMILY Studies!

Welcome, I am in my last year of the Child and Family Studies degree program with a minor in Sociology. I believe this is an important blog for those who are considering working with children, or maybe you are not sure what you would like to study. So far, I love my courses because I have been able to take a variety of classes while studying Child and Family studies.

• Posted on November 2, 2017 by Urooj Ahmed 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”.

• Posted on November 1, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

My, how lucky we are

It’s easy to take for granted how fortunate we are to be on such a well-equipped campus. When our usual mind state is oriented toward what could be better, what we don’t have, and what we want, we can so easily lose perspective on what we do have and what really matters.

• Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , , ,

National Novel Writing Month

Ever wanted to write a novel but just felt like you didn’t have the time or motivation? Maybe you wanted to have other people alongside you so you had someone to talk to or bounce ideas off of. Well, have I got news for you!

• Posted on October 30, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh 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!

• 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.

• Posted on October 26, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

The Art of Finding Yourself

Before coming to Nipissing, I never really knew who I was. I know that everyone usually thinks you find yourself throughout your four years at high school, but in my opinion, university is the place where you grow as a person and find out who you are.

• Posted on October 25, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.

• Posted on October 23, 2017 by Hannah Davidson in , ,

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 school that I visited. It wasn’t an easy decision, but three years later, I can confidently say that I belong at Nipissing University—and hopefully so will you.

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:

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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!

• 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!

• Posted on April 4, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , , ,

Why I Chose Nursing at Nipissing

As my first year as a nursing student comes to a close, I have been reflecting on the one question I got asked a lot this year: Why did I decide to become a nurse?

• Posted on April 3, 2017 by McKenna Hill 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Posted on March 28, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , ,


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!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

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!

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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.

• Posted on February 24, 2017 by Sarah Jacobs in , ,


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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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!

• 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?

• 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.

• 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?

• Posted on February 1, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , , ,

It is Officially Winter

Snow is on the ground up here in North Bay, and the temperatures are starting to drop. Students are back on campus and loving the winter season!

• Posted on January 31, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers 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.

• 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!

• Posted on January 27, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in ,

Goodbye for now, not forever!

It has truly been an awesome experience to be able to travel to high schools around Ontario promoting something that I am so passionate about and an institution that I hold dear to my heart – Nipissing University! I have had some great conversations, met amazing individuals and can honestly say that although at the beginning of this journey, you may have been hesitant or unsure, whatever you choose to pursue you will succeed at!

• Posted on January 26, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Couples Therapy: Rekindling the Bond Between Student and Program

Concept: you’re sitting in an old local coffee shop. It was quaint, warm, and especially endearing when you first fell in love with your post-secondary program—whether that be only a matter of months prior to this very moment, or many years before—but your outlook has, quite frankly, become rather bleak; and you’re slowly coming to the realization that this isn’t the love affair you imagined it would be. The once fond memories you harbored have begun to fade, and you find yourself whispering the cliché and all too dreaded broken promise: “it’s not you, it’s me.” Your tone is apologetic; though the enticing, lingering memories of your brief love affair with an elective course betray you. You know that you shouldn’t say goodbye like this, after all, you made a commitment. And still you cannot help but wonder whether this is it… Was it never meant to be?

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.

• 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!

• 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.

• 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.

• 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:

• Posted on January 18, 2017 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – My Reflection of First Semester

The holiday after first semester exams is FINALLY here and it’s literally like I’ve won the lottery. I know I’ve been so stressed out with school, deadlines and assignments but now I finally get to take a break. Exams are finally over and I know what I’m excited for; going home to my family, being able to see my friends, celebrating the holidays, and getting a decent night of sleep.

• Posted on January 16, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

Views From The Road: A Travel Season in Photographs

I have a confession to make. Over the course of this past travel season I’ve taken a truly unreal amount of scenic photographs. I couldn’t help myself. Ontario is just gorgeous and every new place I got to visit, brought with it a new awesome view.

• Posted on January 13, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Reflecting back on First Semester

As first semester draws to a close, it is important to take the time to reflect back on the first half of your year. Whether you are in your first or last year here at Nipissing, there is still another semester to go before you reach the bliss that is summer break. At this point in the year, you should have an understanding of what is expected of you based on the year that you’re in. You’ve made new friends, met new professors and learned new things. So how do you feel? Did you procrastinate too much? Did you spend enough time on each assignment? Could you have done better? While we all anxiously await finals and marks for classes, it’s easy to be self-critical. While it is important to acknowledge what you could have done differently, there is much more to reflecting on your first semester.

• Posted on December 9, 2016 by Hannah Davidson in ,

Saying Bye to the Winter Blues

Every student fears getting sick or catching a cold. As busy students, our time is a precious commodity. When the seasons change, the fear of getting sick weighs heavy in our minds. Evidently, the drop in temperature usually occurs when we are the busiest and most stressed. Stress from school can be hard to reduce. Some people don’t take the normal amount of time for self-care in order to squeeze in some last-minute study time. As a person who always gets sick when the seasons change, I’ve learned ways to reduce the chances. I have learned some healthy habits to keep in mind when we transition from fall to winter.

• Posted on December 8, 2016 by Lindsay Ballard in ,

My Best of North Bay

I have lived in North Bay my whole life and at first glance our city may not appear to have all that much to do for fun outside of what the school and residence leaders work hard to organize. So I thought I would share some of the activities I find most interesting here in North Bay!

• Posted on December 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,

This one is for your supporters!

We spend a lot of time in these blogs focusing on making the best choice for your future as well as your transition to university, so I can see why you may think this is all about you. In truth though, you’re not going through this alone and your supporters aren’t about to just give up on you and send you on your way. Here are some of my favourite tips for the supporters who are helping you through this transition and how they can keep helping you into your university career:

• Posted on December 6, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

The Holidays on a Student Budget

‘Tis the season to be jolly! There always seems to be a lingering financial situation above every students head when they start to think about gift-giving during the holidays and it doesn’t need to be a stressful situation at all!

• Posted on December 5, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , ,

Do What You Love, and Love What You Do

I think sometimes as students, we forget that we don’t always have to struggle and hate what we do. We’re told frequently that we need to do something that will allow us to have solid prospects for a bright future after we’re done university. The four years of our undergrad are consistently filled with “So, what are you going to do after you graduate?”. As someone who double majors in two of the most commonly-dubbed “useless” subjects (English and History), I get asked constantly what my goal is for after I finish up with my degrees.

• Posted on December 2, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , , ,

Embracing Graduation and other Adult things

So you’re sitting here watching Friends on Netflix and all of a sudden you realize that it’s almost December and you have so many things you still need to do. You have a final group project, individual essays, and in less than two weeks you have 4 exams. All you can do at this point is try to avoid those potential mental breakdowns and scramble to your calendar to try and make some notes on how you are going to start prioritizing your time.

How to be Single: Holiday Edition

Snow has fallen and the holidays are just around the corner. It’s that time of year where you dedicate yourself to too many secret santas, find tinsel throughout your entire house, and spend far too much money. It also, for many, is the time of year when single people tend to feel more alone. In popular culture, including things like movies, television, and books, the holidays are often depicted as the most romantic time of the year. Basically every Christmas special on television celebrates the union of two single people coming together through holiday cheer. It can be a hard time to be on your own, especially when you attend family functions and it seems like everyone and their brother is asking you when you are going to bring a boy or girl home.

• Posted on November 30, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh in ,

Let’s Talk About Mental Health

I’ve been a worrier since I can remember. In fact, I’m known as the “stressed out one” among my friends. It’s not always easy to spot. When people first meet me and find out I’m an anxious person, they’re often surprised. Most people wonder what anxiety is and often say “just stop being anxious” but let me tell you, it’s not that easy.

• Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jaana Kekki in , , , , ,

How to Enjoy Winter in North Bay

Looking outside, it looks like winter is already here! If you are like me, you are feeling excited for all the fun things snow offers, and even more excited for the end of the semester and Christmas. And, well, if you are not like me, hopefully this post will help you through these next few months!

• Posted on November 28, 2016 by Ian Farintosh in , , , ,

My top 3 favourite courses I’ve taken at Nipissing

I’ve taken a lot of courses at Nipissing University now that I’m in my fourth year, so I decided to narrow down all of the courses I’ve taken to my top three favourites for you!

• Posted on November 25, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , ,

Five simple ways to cure your stress

Are you like me and freaking out over the insane amount of assignments you have due? I’m pretty good at managing my time, but trust me, that doesn’t always stop me from getting stressed out. November is the month of assignments, tests and essays galore. But don’t you worry, I’ve got five ways to ensure that you’ll have an easy, breezy, stress-free time!

• Posted on November 24, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , , ,

Making The Most of Your Time Here

The other day it dawned on me that as of December 10th I will be halfway through my university career. It’s really mind-boggling to think about how much I have gone through and how quickly it has gone by. Even though I still have another two and a half years until my degree is finished, I know that it will go by incredibly quickly and before long, I’ll be preparing to graduate and make my mark on the world.

• Posted on November 23, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , ,

The End is Near!

When it comes down to the end of the semester, due dates are quickly approaching and there seems to be more work that needs to be done then there are hours in the day. You’ve worked hard all semester and the only thing stopping you from Christmas break is what appears to be an impossible to do list. Here are some tips to surviving the last few weeks of the semester:

• Posted on November 21, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , ,

Undecided or Indecisive: How to decide which program is right for you

Over the past nine weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of students and I can’t help but notice a trend. There are so many students who are still undecided and just want to study everything. If you are one of those students, do not fear because I was once in your shoes and with this job, I find myself again very indecisive as to what I want to study next. My hope is that by the end of this blog, you will feel inspired and have some more tools in your toolbox to help you make the right decision for you!

• Posted on November 18, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , , ,

How to Maintain a Healthy Balanced Life in University

As everybody in university can probably agree with right now, mid November is a very stressful time in a student’s life. The semester is coming to and end, the final day of classes is less than a month away and exams start immediately after. Typically, in a student’s life we are faced with three obstacles: Social life, Sleep, and Grades; while in reality there are so many more factors.

• Posted on November 17, 2016 by Alexis Poirier in , , ,

Practice Makes Perfect

Most students expect that university isn’t going to be much different than high school, other than it being a little harder with a whole lot of freedom. For me, that wasn’t untrue. Everything was kind of what I expected from my high school years but what I thought would be harder, was actually so much more intense. The classes were harder, the exams and assignments were harder, and the readings were more demanding.

• Posted on November 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Myths: From High School to University

Grade 12 can be a tough year. Students get bombarded with information from all sides; parents, friends, teachers, and everyone in between all have an opinion about what you should be doing and where you should go. Through all of this, a lot of myths form about the university experience.

• Posted on November 15, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Study break!

As we head into the heaviest part of our first semester, it’s important to remember to take care of ourselves amidst the distress of finals, projects, assignments, and papers. In my experience, the most effective tool I’ve had in being productive and producing quality work is actually taking time away from sitting in the library all day and getting some exercise!

• Posted on November 14, 2016 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,

Why Every Student Should Practice Yoga

“Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety” ~ Baxter Bell

• Posted on November 11, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , ,


November 11th marks a very important day in Canadian history: Remembrance Day. November 11th is the anniversary of the official ending of World War I in 1918. World War I resulted in many lives lost, and even more injured, not only physically but emotionally as well. Remembrance Day commemorates those who died fighting for our country, and who gave their lives to protect us. To this day, many people are still vastly affected by aftermath that the war caused. Many had grandparents, and even great-grandparents that lost their lives during these times.

• Posted on November 10, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in ,

I Owe My Being to…North Bay?

Have you ever spent an entire day lying on the floor doing absolutely nothing? This is, of course, despite the mountains upon mountains worth of readings you ought to be doing—but instead choose to leave them for the crankier, and slightly more stressed out version of yourself that will crawl out of bed tomorrow morning. See, it is on the days where my productivity dwindles to its absolute lowest that I think back to 399 BC; where Socrates proclaimed “I owe my being to Athens,” and within this proclamation he firmly believed that—despite his ever-growing unpopularity with the elite, and perhaps as a result of this, a self-inflicted death sentence—his actions were done in sacrifice for the greater good of the state that raised him. I suppose what I’m trying to say is that often times we find ourselves so immersed with student culture (and the impeding sorrow that comes with every course reading, midterm, and last-minute assignment we find ourselves tackling) that we seem to forget about the community that has graciously fostered us—North Bay.

• Posted on November 8, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , ,

Tips for the Disorganized Learner

As a second-year student juggling both my assignments and a twenty-hour work week, I’ve discovered the most important thing to learn is how to prioritize. I like to think I’ve gotten better at it this year, with less procrastination and more confidence. Because of this, I wanted to share some of the tips I taught myself since last year, and the best part is, it’s never to late to implement them.

• Posted on November 7, 2016 by Sarah Jacobs in , , ,

Hello North Bay!

Introduce yourself to the city of North Bay! During my first semester of my first year, I remained isolated at Residence and school, and although I look back at some amazing experiences, once I began to explore people and places I felt as though I was creating what now feels like my own community. North Bay is now my second home.

• Posted on November 4, 2016 by Lindsay Ballard in , , , ,

There and Back Again: From the GTA to North Bay and Back

I’ve spent the past few weeks of the travel season primarily in the GTA. While it is the area of the province I’m originally from, I haven’t spent too much time there since moving up north almost a decade ago.

• Posted on November 3, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Five Things I Learned my Freshman Year of University

As the new school year is upon us, it is important to reflect on past experiences in the educational system. For some, maybe you are still in the “small steps”, like elementary school or even high school. For others, perhaps this year you are taking a giant step- a leap really- and attending a post-secondary institution. Regardless, I’d like to share with you the five things I learned from my freshman year at Nipissing University:

• Posted on November 2, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,

A Place To Grow

I often tell people that Nipissing is a great place to discover and grow their passions; I have a really good reason for saying this, but I am rarely able to share more of my story, so here we go!

• Posted on November 1, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Here Comes the Sun: Positive Thinking and a Positive Life

Let’s be real – as humans, and as university students specifically, we spend a LOT of time complaining, worrying, spreading our negative energy. Everyone gets upset about little things – if the bus is late, your coffee isn’t right, anything under the sun. Those little things that add up to a bad day rather than a good one. I’m one of those annoyingly optimistic people that will force all my friends to have good day and think about the one good thing that happened, no matter how minuscule, rather than all the big bad things that happened that day. I’m a firm believer in the idea that if you think and act positively, positive things will come to you, and if you act and think negatively, you will only attract negativity. So, by following this philosophy, I try to stay as happy and positive as a human possibly can even during stressful times.

• Posted on October 31, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,

When You Realize You Miss Home

Everyone in Founders House knows that I call my mom every night at 9:30. No matter what I’m doing I stop, drop and call.

• Posted on October 28, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , , , ,

Avoiding the “Freshman Fifteen”

Ah, the freshman fifteen. The dreaded weight gain that almost every first year student argues doesn’t apply to him or her. I’m going to start this post off by being completely honest and acknowledging that I did not successfully avoid the freshman fifteen my first year at Nipissing. But hopefully, with the help of many students before you and some tips and tricks, some lucky first years can avoid one of the first non-academic challenges that student’s face when starting university.

• Posted on October 27, 2016 by Hannah Davidson in , , ,

The secret to making the most out of those precious minutes each day

University is a plethora of work, studying and juggling things. Being productive can be a difficult thing to do and anything out there that can help make my life easier means I’m all for it. So today I will share with you the secret of my success!

• Posted on October 26, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka in , ,

Trying to stay organized

It has taken me three years of university to realize I’m not very organized. Now, going into my fourth year, I am hopefully going to change this bad habit by incorporating a few new skills I have picked up. I will start by having separate notebooks for each class, holding onto the syllabuses and putting handouts in a separate binder so I don’t lose them! I am hoping this will reduce my stress as well as the feeling of being overwhelmed, and improve my grades. Here are some tips I recommend you put into practice to be more organized!

• Posted on October 25, 2016 by Ian Farintosh in , ,

How to Survive the Reading Week Blues

Reading Week…That magical time of the school year where us students can take a nice breather but did we really? The week after reading week can mean a lot of different things to us Lakers, many think we are feeling refreshed but to be honest, it is quite the opposite. Whether you can relate to being 2 weeks behind on readings, living the Netflix life, or stressed for those midterms or papers, trust me I can relate. I always have grand plans to get all of my work done, like I think I’m invincible or something but it never seems to happen the way I envision it…But don’t fear Lakers, here are some things you can do to get yourself back on track!

• Posted on October 24, 2016 by Jaana Kekki in , , ,

My First Six Weeks of Survival

Yikes…the past six weeks have been insane! I totally was not prepared for the transition from high school to the university. However, these past six weeks have come and gone; I do find myself getting occasionally homesick, and since I live almost 5 hours away from home, university has been such a big change and distance for me. I’ve got three foolproof ways I’ve used to occupy my time in order to stay a little less homesick and that have helped me survive my first six weeks of university.

• Posted on October 21, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,

University: What You Learn

My favourite thing about university is that it’s just as much about the future as it is about the present. In high school, I was always asked “what are you going to be,” “what are you going to do,” and “what are your next steps?” While I still get those questions here, they’re often matched by questions like “Cool. Well what are you doing tonight?”

• Posted on October 20, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , , ,

Open House…It’s worth it to make the trip!

You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again…if you’re going to spend 4-6 years at a post-secondary institution (as well invest quite a bit of cash), why not take a weekend road trip first to see if it’s really a good fit for you!

• Posted on October 19, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Procrastinator’s Guide to Conquering Midterms

Whether you’re facing midterms for the first time as a first year student or just experiencing the regular routine as an upper year – this is a stressful time of year! The honeymoon of September has definitely passed and we are smack dab in the middle of a sea of tests, assignments and projects. I, much like the majority of our student body, typically react to an ever-growing to-do list by starting a new show on Netflix, stress cleaning, or kid myself by saying I’ll finish an assignment when I get home from class. So, my fellow procrastinators and avoiders, the reality is that those due dates we’ve purposely forgotten about are present and are demanding some attention. Here are some tips on how to finally tackle that mountain of work.

• Posted on October 18, 2016 by Abbey Thompson in , , , , ,

How to “Treat Yo’ Self” During Midterm Season

Ah October, the time of year where the only thing crunching harder than the fall leaves are students endlessly prepping for their midterms, essays, and assignments. As much as we’d all love to be spending our fall season out in the picturesque forest, snapping new shots for our Instagrams, we’re stuck in the library. What’s a student who’s more stressed out than Twenty-One Pilots to do?

• Posted on October 17, 2016 by Maddy Aucoin in , , ,

Preparing for Mid-Term Season

I know it’s crazy that mid-term season is already here, I still feel like it is the second week of school and that we’re not in the middle of mid-term exams. Mid-term season is definitely overwhelming; campus jobs are in full swing, reading week is on the horizon or has just passed, you feel like you haven’t learned anything yet and assignments are also due in other courses.

How to Survive Reading Week

Reading Week can be a very tricky thing. You’re super stressed during the two-to-three weeks leading up to this magnificent break, yet all you can do is keep your eye on that sweet prize of home made meals and your own bed for a change. Let’s face it, all university students are drooling for a bit of freedom from those midterms, essays and group projects; but once that Friday comes, all you can think about is the ride home and hopefully a warm greeting by your family, and maybe the family dog. But what happens when you get back to school from your week off and you realized that you completely wasted your time and are absolutely drowning in readings and assignments and you forgot that you have 4 midterms this week and two happen to be on the same date?

• Posted on October 13, 2016 by Alexis Poirier in , , , ,

My Experience as a Nipissing Rower

In the pursuit of complete honesty and transparency, I refuse to sugar coat my first year at Nipissing. I loved my classes and professors, but there was something missing in that highly anticipated university inauguration. While I didn’t expect to spend every weekend out with a beer in hand, I did hope for a sense of belonging in the Laker community. But, as a student living at home, I missed out on the residence experience, and my lecture-based courses didn’t offer a lot of opportunity to interact with my fellow classmates. It wasn’t easy making friends.

• Posted on October 12, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , ,

Be in the Present

It’s nice to be back and blogging again this year! Some highlights from my summer include: getting a dog, taking him for many different hikes, seeing Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin and Alterbridge perform in Toronto, and spending time outside in the sun.

• Posted on October 7, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,

5 Things to do During Reading Week

As reading week approaches, many students will have probably already booked the first bus back home in preparation for home-cooked meals and free laundry. Whether you’re a student going home to visit family during the week or spending your thanksgiving with your new roommates, reading week is a great opportunity to try something new, and be productive. Here is my list of top 5 of ideas to try during the week:

• Posted on October 6, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

‘Til University Do Us Part?

As I learned from the endless number of pre-teen dramas I invested myself in during middle school: friends will come and go, but your epic high school bromance is meant to last forever…right? At least, that’s what I hoped as my best friend packed her bags and moved approximately two hundred and ninety seven kilometers away—give or take a couple of inches. Three years later, Nipissing University has enlisted me to brag about the success of our long distance friendship, despite my previous, and slightly over-dramatic nervousness.

• Posted on October 5, 2016 by Amber Walker in , ,

A home away from home: Residence!

During my academic career at Nipissing University, I lived in residence! It was a great experience where I truly developed as a leader and an individual; but I’m getting ahead of myself.

• Posted on September 22, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Upgrading your business diploma to a Nipissing University degree

I’m a firm believer in post-secondary education. I have an obvious preference for Nipissing University, being a two-time graduate, but I support anyone who goes on to further their education. For a lot of students, this journey begins with college…but it doesn’t have to end there.

• Posted on September 21, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

The Fresh Recruiter of NipissingU

Hi! I’m Kyle! I am beyond excited to be one of Nipissing’s new Student Recruitment Officers and can’t wait to hit the road and share with students why Nipissing University is amazing! Here’s a little a rap about my upcoming adventure and myself…

• Posted on September 20, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

How NipissingU helped me to Love the Outdoors

For most of my life I have never understood people who loved the outdoors. Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory summed up my feelings when he said, “If outside is so good why have we spent thousands of years perfecting the inside”. I was also not alone, my siblings shared the same feelings and we collectively convinced ourselves that the nature lovers were somehow deceived and we had unmasked a great truth.

• Posted on September 19, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

From Nipissing University to Cambodia and Back!

Hi! I’m Alyssa – one of the new student recruitment officers here at Nipissing. I’m originally from Ottawa, and it was at Fall Open House that I made my decision to come to Nipissing. Now, I get to be back here in North Bay, after a few years away, and will soon be hitting the road to share my passion for this amazing university!

• Posted on September 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes or Going Back to School without Going “Back to School”

This is the first time in as long as I can remember that I haven’t gone “back to school” in September. I’ve been a student for a long time. For someone who wasn’t the most studious in my younger years I made the choice to attend school for a lot longer than I “had” to. After elementary and high school, I went on to university and college and then more university. I think my parents were scared I would be a student forever…literally.

• Posted on September 15, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

5 Money Saving Tips that Add Up in a Big Way

Life is expensive. Especially for students. And saving money isn’t always the easiest thing to do while you’re in the midst of paying for said students expenses… and little bit of fun here and there. Take a moment to forget the conventional advice about working hard and saving your money. Of course this is generally good advice; however, lets explore a few unconventional ways of saving where a little goes a long way…

• Posted on April 6, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , ,

The Very Last Muskoka Post (Goodbye)

Hi, hello! As of next year, the Muskoka campus will be no more. No students will be walking down the hallways. There will be no one in our classrooms, no one lounging in the Lakehouse. There will be no residence activities, no Dons, or Residence Council.

• Posted on April 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , ,

6 Things I Learned During First Year

Sitting at a round table near the centre of the cafeteria, I’ve spent the past five minutes writing and backspacing; writing, and again, backspacing. All the while more or less listening to the lively conversation of my friends around me. It feels a lot like I’m rewriting every essay I’ve had to endure thus far, and also the ones I’ve started and am—as you might have expected—nowhere near finished. However, this one is less about the Irish Potato Famine, and more about the near-end of my surreal first year experience.

• Posted on April 4, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , ,

Book Clubbin’

I like to think of myself as an old soul that more often then not tries to be hip by keeping up to date on new slang words and social media trends. However, when I’m not being trendy I like to read. A lot.

• Posted on April 1, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in

Extra Classes

Nipissing offers a wide variety of classes, but can’t offer classes in every subject, obviously. I was very interested in photography and other visual arts classes but they didn’t fit in my schedule. I tried to find some classes in town but none of them were affordable or, again, wouldn’t work with my schedule.

• Posted on March 31, 2016 by Teri Farnell in ,

NUSU – Utilize it!

Hello prospective students, let me tell you about NUSU! When you decide to come to Nipissing, you become a member of the Student Union and thus gain access to all their services. My advice is to learn about each university’s student union!

• Posted on March 30, 2016 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

Stress and Pressure in University!

I love the bags under my eyes because they show that I try and work hard. I love my dark circles even though it means I probably did not sleep as much as I should’ve the night before. Stress isn’t a joke, it is not loved, but it is a compulsory part of university, and a part of life in general. Although my approach to certain things could be more optimistic at times, stress is important.

• Posted on March 29, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , ,

Using Technology to Enhance Your Learning Experience

Young people are often criticized for their use of technology; people often say that it cripples our interactions with the real world. Although they may have some points to this theory, technology is not something we should be frightened by. Technology is society’s way of advancing, and can benefit students when they use it for the purpose of enhancing their learning experience.

• Posted on March 23, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , ,

Winter Bucket List

We have all had those days where it feels like it hasn’t stopped snowing in weeks and you are ready to leave your parka behind for warmer weather and green grass (or sandy beaches). Throughout the winter it is important to take lots of study breaks and explore North Bay and all that there is to do here. Here are 7 things that you can put on your winter bucket list for the rest of this winter or keep in mind for next winter:

• Posted on March 22, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , ,

March Madness: Paper Season

March is often said by students to be the hardest month of the year: papers due, presentations coming up, midterms…it all seems to happen at once. And while this is undoubtedly stressful, I think it is a good exercise in showing what knowledge is truly like. We are challenged to do everything all at the same time simply because that’s what our brains are like—they’re not schedules that know certain things at certain times, they’re like a big filing cabinet that knows everything all of the time, provided we’re looking for it. So when students tell me “It’s like our profs don’t know we have four other classes,” I tend to disagree.

• Posted on March 21, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , , , ,

Open House is finally here!

Open House is here! Believe me or not, but I have been waiting patiently for Nipissing’s Open House to arrive so that we can show off our beloved school to all the prospective and potential students!

• Posted on March 17, 2016 by Markus Hawco in , ,

Starting University in the Fall? Here’s Some Tips and Advice from a Student Recruiter

One of my favorite times of the year is doing follow up visits where we get to meet with students who have applied to Nipissing University. It is a great way for us to chat with all of you and answer any questions that you might have now that you have been through the application process. All of us had a great time meeting with you all, but in case you missed us, there are a couple of things I want you to know before you make a final decision about which school you’re going to attend in the fall.

• Posted on March 16, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Unique Classes You Will Love!

Nipissing University has an incredible variety of programs and courses. So when it’s time to choose electives, we have options that will appeal to all interests. I encourage you to take the time to look at new classes when selecting courses for next year. Don’t just look at your programs offerings – look for electives in ANY discipline that interests you. Remember, your education is not just a piece of paper. Do what you love and the rest will follow.

• Posted on March 11, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , ,

5 Reasons You Should Pursue a Degree in the Liberal Arts

Whenever I mention that I’m pursuing a double major in Political Science and History, a quick look of bewilderment betrays the otherwise excited demeanor of the person on the other end of the conversation. “Well, what about real Science?” I can picture them asking, like those who asked in many conversations before this. I can hardly blame them; as a person who feverishly studied any and all life sciences throughout her high school career for fear of never finding a “real job” it’s an act of judgement turned into an apparent societal truth in this world of technology and medicine. While those areas of study, too, are vital positions to be filled—and I feel the need to stress that a person can be genuinely interested in these programs—the world has begun to progress in such a way that it’s (arguably) becoming commonplace to abandon some of our most human areas of study.

Post-Grad Problems: How to tackle “what’s next?”

Life decisions can be hard. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also feeling the pressure of the unknown. This April I will finally be finished my undergraduate degree; all those essays, late nights, and study sessions… for what? What’s next? What kind of job do I want? Where will I be living? Do I want to further my education? Believe me, you’re not the only one lying awake at night drumming these questions through your head.

• Posted on March 7, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in , ,

Why NipissingU is the School For You

Last year when I made the decision to come to Nipissing many people asked me “why Nipissing?” If you’re thinking that Nipissing may be the school for you, check out this list of 5 reasons why I decided to come here:

One Billion Rising: Muskoka Has Risen!

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you all an amazing event that occurred on February 6th at the Muskoka Campus. I worked with some dedicated students and Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services to provide an event called One Billion Rising to the community.

• Posted on March 3, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Why you should accept your acceptance to Nipissing U

If you’re a potential student reading this, then chances are you are already considering Nipissing University as an option for your post-secondary education. If this is true, then you may have starting looking into which university is the best fit for you. Choosing a university can be difficult, especially since you’ll likely have a lot of questions about what’s to come. Although I may be a bit biased (seeing as how I now call Nipissing my home) I hope that you’ll believe me when I say that you won’t regret choosing Nipissing. I’m not talking to you as an employed member of a university looking to get your tuition fees, I’m talking to you student-to-student. So why should you seriously consider Nipissing University as an option for you? Well, let me tell you!

• Posted on March 2, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in , , , ,

Learn to Fail

I think we should try to fail more often. On the first day of my first year of university, Walmart had sold out of cable cords for TV, and that fundamentally changed my life. I know it seems like such a small thing— I could’ve taken the bus there the following week or borrowed one from a friend, but I didn’t. I was too lazy to go back and buy one and too cheap to pay for Netflix, so I was left with a lot of free time on my hands.

• Posted on March 1, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , ,

How to Run!

I am a runner. Kind of. Well, I was, and I will be. I have run a marathon, 2 half marathons, a 30k and participated in cross country back in high school. But I haven’t gone for a single run this year. I’m not done with running, I just took a break from it for a little while now and I am going to get back into it come the spring. I work out about 3-4 times a week, mostly strength training with some cardio, which keeps me in shape and then I run when the weather is nicest.

• Posted on February 26, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,

Small class size? No contest.

Hello everyone, my name is Markus Hawco, a third-year Business student specializing in economics and recently elected to be the Student Union’s (NUSU) VP of Finance.


June 2014: I’m sitting at graduation patiently waiting for my name to be called. It hadn’t settled in yet; I was about to graduate high school. At this point in time, I had no connection to Nipissing, or really any University for that matter. A few friends had told me about different schools that I should attend, but as an indecisive 17-year-old, there was no way I was ready to make such a big decision. Back for grade 13, or a victory lap, as many called it. I was really there just to buy myself some time, and grow up a bit. It gave me a chance to work nearly full-time, and do some research about what I wanted to do with the next four years of my life.

• Posted on February 16, 2016 by Campus Tour Guides in , ,

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Campus Resources?

Nipissing University truly cares about their students and offers a variety of on-campus resources to provide us with an incredible post-secondary experience. Are you taking advantage of these resources? Let’s have a look at what Nipissing has to offer.

• Posted on February 12, 2016 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , , , ,


I’ve been browsing through other bloggers’ posts and thought I’d make a blog post about something that’s related to personal life, instead of something related to academia. I thought about what style to write this post in and I’ve decided a sort of FAQ style would be appropriate. Here are some common questions I’ve heard regarding tattoos and my personal answers. NOTE: I am not a professional, however, I have many tattoos and have been tattooed by many artists. Also, I have many friends that have shared their tattoo experiences with me.

• Posted on February 11, 2016 by Teri Farnell in

From College To University

If you’re coming to the end of your college diploma program you probably are considering your next steps. Now that you have a great educational foundation, you have endless options, opportunities and paths you could take. Many college students are interested in completing their degree after their diploma, but it can be a daunting prospect. Nipissing University is a great choice if you’re thinking about furthering your education and obtaining your degree on a beautiful campus with a supportive environment.

• Posted on February 8, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Make Residence Your #NUHome!

Hey everyone! I am the Community Advisor at Nipissing University for the Muskoka Campus! I absolutely love my job, but most importantly, I absolutely LOVE residence! I think it provides many opportunities to get to know others and for personal growth! Here are some reasons why I think Nipissing’s residence should be your #NUHome!

• Posted on February 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

Never Fear: University Acceptances Are (Almost?) Here!

Welcome to acceptance letter season, my soon-to-be froshy friends! I can remember receiving my own acceptance letters three hundred and sixty five days ago (give or take a few weeks) and thinking: “Wow. This is really happening.” Of course, it came out more as “ahgsfkshfb” as I ran around the house screaming—on that note, sorry again mom and dad! Choosing the university that I wanted to attend seemed a little daunting at first, and I always wondered whether I’d even applied for the right program. In fact, right after that period of pure joy, I began to feel anxious about this whole “future” thing. This being said, I’m guilty of over-worrying. However, if you ARE like me: this is the blog post for you! Enclosed I will tell you three things I wish someone would have reminded me while I was making my university decision.

• Posted on February 4, 2016 by Amber Walker in , , , ,

Real Talk: Managing Stress as a Student

If there’s anything I’ve gained from my 4 years as a student it’s that one of the best skills a student can learn is proper “stress management”. With balancing tests, readings, essays, and work on top of a social life stress is bound to occur and sometimes it can have a large impact on your lifestyle.

• Posted on February 3, 2016 by Kristen Maclean in ,

Getting Involved On Campus

I had always been actively involved on campus in my earlier years, so I thought why stop this trait of mine as I move into my post-secondary education? When I came to Nipissing University I wanted to continue my extracurricular activity. I first went to the ‘Club Days’ to see what Nipissing offered their students. Over my four years I have actively participated as a member of Chancellor’s House Community Action, Freshman Fit-teen, Nipissing University Student Alumni, Best Buddies, Frontier College Tutoring, Open House, Call Campaign, and Nipissing’s first Sorority. By becoming involved not only am I having fun, but I am also making many lasting friendships as well.

• Posted on January 29, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Alpha Gamma Phi

As a proud member of Alpha Gamma Phi, I’d like to take the time to congratulate my wonderful sorority for becoming certified (by NUSU) as of this month. The founder and co-founder of the sorority have worked tirelessly to accomplish this goal and deserve all my praise. Let me tell you a little bit about who we are and what we do!

• Posted on January 28, 2016 by Raluca Gherzan in ,

Laptops in Lectures

A few years ago while I was in high school, my teachers taught me that technology and having a laptop would be a huge thing within colleges and universities. This is such a contrast compared to what I have heard in most of my classes.

• Posted on January 27, 2016 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,

5 Changes for the New Semester

It is the time of year when one semester is ending and another one is beginning. Here are 5 changes that are easy to make for second semester (and ones that I will be making!)

• Posted on January 25, 2016 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

The most important thing: Food.

Before you disagree with me about food not being the most important thing, let me plead my case first! Unless you have arranged your schedule so you’re only at school for a couple hours a day, chances are that you will have multiple classes and breaks, all packed into one day. This means you could be on campus for a large part of your day. Sitting through lectures, or participation in seminars can be a tiring, so unless you’re providing yourself with the proper nutrition (a.k.a. food) it can be extremely difficult to concentrate in class.

• Posted on January 22, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in ,

New Semester Resolutions

I think the funniest phenomenon in academic life is how, at the start of second semester, people suddenly become students. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the majority of us aren’t here to study, because we are. We do our assignments (sort of) on time, do readings (when we can), and try not to procrastinate (too much). But when all of these “sort of’s,” “when we can’s,” and “too much’s” build up, we start to freak out a little.

• Posted on January 19, 2016 by Justin Bereczki in , , ,

Why I Chose Nipissing for my Bachelor of Education

I belong at Nipissing University because of their amazing education program. I chose Nipissing’s Bachelor of Education program because of all of the wonderful things that I had heard about it. The program is designed to help students become future teachers by providing them with hands-on knowledge of everything you would need to know to lead a class of your own, i.e., classroom management, unit planning, lesson planning, assessment, evaluation, instructional strategies, and many more.

• Posted on January 11, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Nothing is Set in Stone

You’re in Grade 12 and it is time to decide where to apply to university. Take a deep breath. Don’t fear. Don’t worry. Picking your university and program is a big decision but don’t ever feel like you’ve locked into a decision for life or that it will make or break your future. Let me tell you why.

• Posted on January 6, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , , ,

So you’ve decided to come to Nipissing

Yes, going away to university for the first time is scary. You are not alone. It will be okay, I promise. I remember being really scared to leave home for the first time. I was nervous about all the unknowns that lie ahead. But what you need to know is that those fears dissipate within about two weeks. Once you are settled in to residence, you’ve met your roommates, gone to your first week of classes, and met your professors, you’ll come to realize that you can handle it and that everything is going to be alright.

• Posted on December 14, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

The Application and Holiday Season is Here!

Now that December is upon us, and with no snow on the ground (as of writing this blog), I am happy to say that I am starting to welcome the cheery holiday spirit! Recruiters from across the province have likely stopped travelling and are slowly unwinding the season, which means that many students in Ontario are finalizing their OUAC Applications. This is such an exhilarating time that it’s hard to contain my shared excitement!

• Posted on December 10, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

5 Ways to Get More Value Out of Your Education

We all like short cuts, myself included. However, are short cuts the most effective way to get good grades? Probably not….Although it may not be the most pleasant or easiest way to make our way through school, doings things “right” is the best avenue when it comes to improving our marks and getting the most out of our education. Let’s have a look at 5 ways we can achieve this.

• Posted on December 8, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , , ,

Get Excited About University!

Recruiting for Nipissing University this fall was a great experience. I got to visit amazing places all over Ontario, and talk to amazing students who are about to enter one of the most exciting phases of their lives. At the beginning of the travel season, I encountered many students who were nervous, but mostly excited about the prospect of going to university. Towards the end of the season, attitudes were beginning to shift and that excited energy was slowly giving way to nervous energy. Students were stressed out and concerned now that the deadline to apply was looming. One frustrated student in Cobourg exclaimed “I’m just going to pick a university on the program alone. I’m going to have the same experience wherever I go”. Here is why that is the OPPOSITE attitude you should have when you select a school.

• Posted on December 7, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

‘Tis the Season!

Having just come off the road from another year of fall travel, there are a few things that come to mind in December.

• Posted on December 4, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Tales from the Road

Hello reader, thank you for taking the time to read my little blog here! It’s been such a busy past few months that I wish I could have taken the time to grow this little blurb spot, but alas, the road kept this recruiter quite occupied.

• Posted on December 3, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

An Upper-Year’s Guide to Staying Productive

Nipissing students, in recent events, have had a lot of time on their hands. Sometimes this is good and can get inspiration flowing or allow for a breather in an otherwise hectic life, or other times it may lead to a slump and a lack of productivity. As an upper year student, I’ve experience both the inspiring and the lack-luster breaks and have developed a handy list to help keep you motivated and productive all the way through yours!

DIY Holiday Card

There’s nothing sweeter than receiving a hand-made card for the holidays, so I’m going to show you how to make one!

• Posted on December 1, 2015 by Teri Farnell in ,

Keep Up Your #Momentum

Hey folks! I don’t know about you, but throughout the recent weeks I have really been slacking in keeping up momentum and finishing school work, and staying on track. With the recent strike going on, there are a few ways you can try keeping up your #Momentum (which I’m going to be doing, too…hey, we can do them together!)

• Posted on November 25, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Have YOU Been Flirting With The Pre-Exam Blues?

Twelve kettles of tea, three hours of sleep and one hundred typed and instantly untyped introductions later…and still I’m left with nothing but a blank page to show for my efforts. Ah, feels like the looming final stretch before our (all-too-dreaded) exams. As a person who doesn’t deal with stress well, I’ll tell you that I’m in a domestic partnership with the feelings of sorrow and incompetence that come along with those last minute term papers and the hours of studying right before – and only right before – a big test. Is it healthy? Probably not. Still, I find myself getting so stressed out that I can’t bring myself to tackle any of my assignments, thus becoming more stressed because I haven’t been doing them. It’s like one, big, continuous cycle – a cycle that you ought to break.

• Posted on November 24, 2015 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,

Recruiting for a University I didn’t Attend

When I told my friends and family that I had gotten a job recruiting for Nipissing University, I got the same question over and over; “Isn’t it going to be difficult to represent a University you didn’t go to?” They got it half right. I did not attend Nipissing University for my undergraduate degree. When it came time for me to choose a university I was hesitant to break out of my comfort zone. I grew up in the Niagara region and had always planned on staying in that bubble. University was a daunting prospect, and I was fearful of compounding that with attending somewhere that I wasn’t already comfortable and familiar with.

• Posted on November 20, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

BBA Specializations Galore

Hello prospective business students, my name is Markus Hawco – a third year Bachelor of Business Administration student with streams in Marketing and Economics. Before I start I would like to encourage and congratulate you on thinking about business at Nipissing University; it is a group of warm, encouraging professors who push you to be leaders of the private sector.

• Posted on November 19, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , ,

It’s okay to be uncertain about the future

It is okay to not know what you want to do. I am a third-year student double majoring in Philosophy and Psychology. I’ve never been one to choose exactly what I want to do, because I love too many things. It’s really hard for me to ever imagine committing myself to one career because I love so many things. I considered a major in Philosophy, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Anthropology, History, English Studies and Classical Studies.

• Posted on November 18, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in , , ,


You have no idea how easy it is to get bored. It’s an odd phenomenon, especially in students. It seems like we simultaneously have no time for anything but also feel like there’s never anything to do. So we end up binge watching Netflix, checking our Facebook every five minutes, or cycling through the same websites in hopes of something new popping up. It’s crazy how much time we consume waiting to do something instead of actually doing it.

• Posted on November 17, 2015 by Justin Bereczki in

Countdown to Finals

Well…the leaves are changing colours, reading week has come to an end and finals are quickly approaching. As we as students are slowly jumping over the midterm bump we prepare ourselves for the most crucial time of a student’s world: finals.

• Posted on November 16, 2015 by Alix Lewis in , ,

Getting Back to Roots

Let’s face it. This past week has been stressful, not only for our students, but for anyone who is a member of our Nipissing Family. But that’s what I love about Nipissing in the first place, everyone who walks through those front doors we consider to be a part of our family. That’s why this week I chose to talk about the things that made our students chose Nipissing in the first place, and why people who become part of our family chose to stay.

• Posted on November 11, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

Residence Life

It’s crazy that 2 months have already gone by! Over the past 2 months I have loved living in residence and making it my new home. Having roommates who are my best friends adds to the already positive experience that Nipissing has to offer. Moving away from home can definitely be overwhelming, but residence is an experience with events, fun and friendships to offer.

• Posted on November 9, 2015 by Mikayla Toyne in , , ,

5 Simple Ways to Boost Your Essay Marks

“Essay”. Perhaps the most despised word in a student’s vocabulary. While most of us can agree that essays are not our favourite assignment, they are a necessary evil. *sigh* As deadlines for those end of term essays are looming, this is the perfect opportunity to share a few simple ways to improve our papers, and therefore our grades! Let’s get started, shall we?

• Posted on November 5, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , ,

Keeping a Journal

Hey everyone! This summer I started keeping a journal. You can call it a diary or a daily reflection or whatever you want. I’ve tried doing this in the past because it’s supposed to be so good for your mental health but I never managed to stick with it. I figured out my problem before was that I was forcing myself to use the “Dear Diary” method. That was too much writing, too much commitment, too much effort and emotional reflection for me.

• Posted on November 4, 2015 by Teri Farnell in

First Year as a Consecutive Student in the Revised Program

The first year at any school can be pretty daunting. It’s stressful enough having to adjust to new work loads, difficult subjects and new professor expectations without having to worry about fitting in…Add in the fact that I’m living away from home and you’ve got absolute chaos. Having said that, it makes sense that I thought I’d be needing counselling the minute I got to North Bay, to help me cope with living by myself for the first time. In my defence, I’m an only child and I’ve been coddled since birth, so I didn’t think I’d be the best at handling huge responsibilities.

Learning How to Learn Less

Congratulations on hitting the six week mark of a new school year! Like many others here at Nipissing U, these past six weeks have been my first in post secondary, and man, have they ever been wild. University is a little overwhelming, and quite frankly, it’s easy to let yourself get swallowed by all of the homework, readings, and other educational aspects of the school. While I’m sure some of you have found your inner balance between schoolwork and a social life, I know there are many students like myself, whose claim to fame is a weekly nose dive on the not-so-vertical staircase while going through the latest course readings. No kidding, I’m talking every single week.

• Posted on October 26, 2015 by Amber Walker in , , ,

Get Inspired.

I have recently opened my eyes to the beauty of this world, and I think it is valuable for everyone to recognize the positivity in their lives. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to receive an education and to apply my learning through various adventures in life.I am extremely blessed to be a Community Advisor at the Muskoka campus’ residence and to get the chance to connect to so many wonderful people. I am also very lucky to be a blogger and to have the ability to share my thoughts, advice, feelings, and to hopefully affect your lives in a better way.

• Posted on October 22, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , , , ,

How to find a Part-Time Job in North Bay

I moved to North Bay in 2013 when I started my first year at Nipissing University. Towards the end of my first year I realized that I wanted to stay here, therefore I needed to find a job so I can pay for rent and other annoying adult-ish things. I actually started applying at places as of November 2013, and didn’t end up getting anything until May 2014, despite my experience.

• Posted on October 21, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,

Mid-Semester Stress: Can YOU survive? (Spoiler: you can)

I won’t lie: it’s rough. That’s fact. But I think somewhere deep (DEEP) down, I enjoy it. It solidifies my learning and lets me put it into practice. It makes me review what I learned in class. And, most importantly, it makes me realize that I actually DID learn something. I know class can feel like a blur, it can be hard to pay attention, maybe you didn’t really take notes (I’m looking at YOU, girl on Facebook in front of me in lecture) but in the end, that information stuck. And that’s important, because it’s why we’re here.

• Posted on October 20, 2015 by Justin Bereczki in , , , ,

Want to get involved? Look no further than NUSA

Hello, my name is Markus Hawco, a third year BBA student specializing in Economics in Marketing. I have been writing as a student blogger now for three years and have been quite involved within the school. I am currently a Community Advisor for residence but more importantly for this article I am the President of the Nipissing University Student Alumni.

• Posted on October 19, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , , , , , ,

Forever Rockin’ the Green and Blue!

Hey there, Lakers! My name is Christopher Piekarski, and I am one of the new Student Recruitment Officers at Nipissing University (but you guys can just call me Pie!). I’m a recent graduate of Nipissing, completing my Bachelor of Arts degree, with a double concentration in Social Welfare and Sociology. I am from North Bay; born and raised and I couldn’t express just how excited I am to represent Nipissing, while meeting and recruiting potential students!

• Posted on October 16, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Imagining possibilities: the power of positivity

This summer I was given the opportunity to work as the Summer Transition Program Assistant with Student Accessibility Services. The program is designed to help transition students with disabilities into University life. Not only is the opportunity a new and challenging one for me but it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have had to date. Everyday I looked forward to going to work, learning new things, and developing new experiences – which sadly seems very seldom now-a-days.

• Posted on October 16, 2015 by Kristen Maclean in , , , , ,

My Experience Becoming a Frosh Leader

Hello friends! My name is Courtney Ivany, I am a second year criminal justice major, as well as a second year Nipissing University blogger. One of the first blogs I ever wrote for Nipissing was the importance of getting involved within the school, and volunteering in the community. Therefore it seems fitting that my first blog this year also stresses the importance of being involved. This year I had the amazing opportunity to become a frosh leader (GO SKULL AND FROSH BONES!) which was probably one of the best ideas I’ve ever had.

• Posted on October 14, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in , , ,

Here’s to Another Year on the Road

Alas, another year of travelling is upon us! This is the best part of year, because we are now meeting a whole bunch of new students. They are looking for and will certainly find their way in the next six months. There are many questions (SO very many questions) and concerns from students at these visits but I am excited for all of them. Representing an institution like Nipissing that has so much to offer them makes answering the “tough questions” a real breeze.

• Posted on October 13, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

First Few Weeks on Campus

Before arriving on campus only 4 short weeks ago, I was nervous to leave home. I was nervous that I wouldn’t meet any friends, that I wouldn’t like my classes, but most of all, I was scared to be 4 hours away from my family.

• Posted on October 8, 2015 by Mikayla Toyne in , , , , ,

Countdown to OUF

The Ontario University Fair (the OUF) is probably one of the most exciting university events in North America but that can also be overwhelming. There are a lot of people, every Ontario University and there’s a ton going on. Keep a few things in mind and I can promise you one thing: you are going to love it!

• Posted on September 21, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in

Exploring Ontario

Another travel season is here and I could not be more excited. With this being my second year on the road I look forward to meeting all the students who are exploring their post-secondary options.

• Posted on September 18, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Once a Laker, Always a Laker.

Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Fraser and I am a new member of the Student Recruitment Team here at Nipissing! I’d like to take a minute to introduce myself! I was born and raised in South Porcupine, Ontario, which is about four and a half hours north of North Bay, and eight hours north of Toronto. Growing up I was always a northern girl at heart, and so when it came time to choose a university, I knew that Nipissing was right where I belonged.

• Posted on September 16, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , ,

To Those Who I Have Met on the Road

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone whose path I have crossed during the 2014/2015-recruitment season. With my time as a Nipissing University student recruiter recently coming to a close, I can’t help but reflect on the things I have experienced.

• Posted on August 31, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Every Day is the Best Day

I do not regret going on this trip. Yes, it was very expensive, physically exhausting, late nights, early mornings, and long hikes in the blazing equatorial sun. But it was extremely beneficial and rewarding.

• Posted on July 2, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

Check It Off My List!

We took two flights to return back to Quito. We had one more day of our trip. As soon as we arrived, we noticed a huge temperature change. Because the islands were considerably warmer than the mainland, we felt like Quito was colder, much like summer weather in Canada. At dinner that night I was shivering because I was so used to the warmer Galapagos weather.

• Posted on June 30, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

Darwin’s First Island

The next day we changed hotels and took a 3-hour boat ride to the east side of the archipelago to the last island we would be going to – San Cristobal. On the way we passed Santa Fe Island, a smaller island, uninhabited by people, but had a lot of resting blue-footed boobies. San Cristobal however, is larger and is one of the oldest islands. It the first island that Darwin stepped on. It was also the island where we switched tour guides – Juan left to lead another group, and Jessica stepped in his place. Jose, Daniel, and Jessica all lived in San Cristobal.

• Posted on June 26, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

What I Was Hoping For

On another day, after returning to Santa Cruz, we took another 2 hour boat ride to the west side of the Galapagos Islands to Isabela Island. Isabela is the largest Galapagos Island (shaped like a seahorse), and is the most geologically active, with 6 volcanoes. Wolf Volcano on the island just erupted on May 25, 2015, about two weeks after we had left the island. The last time it had erupted before that was 33 years ago. We could still see rock striations were lava once flowed from previous eruptions. Here, we saw Galapagos penguins, mangroves and flamingos. The penguins are a separate species only found on the Galapagos Islands, and are among the smallest penguins in the world. The flamingos are much pinker than the ones found elsewhere– they get their colour from their diet of shrimp. Similarly, blue-footed boobies get their foot coloration from eating mackerel and herring, while red-footed boobies get their foot coloration from eating squid.

• Posted on June 24, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

Where The Wild Things Are

Santa Cruz is one of the 4 human-inhabited Galapagos Islands; there are 13 main islands in total. About 30,000 – 40, 000 people live among the islands. Santa Cruz has one of the biggest ports, Puerto Ayora, where we stayed. People on the Galapagos make about $600/month, which is double what people on the mainland make, but everything is a little bit more expensive than on the mainland. The biggest difficulty in my opinion was finding your way around because even if you had a map, the street signs were not always clearly visible. The islands are much safer than the mainland and more “touristy”. You can only live in the Galapagos if you were born there, or if you married someone who was. You can work there, but only up to a year, if you were coming from another country.

• Posted on June 23, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

Land Ho!

To travel between the Galapagos Islands, officials search your bags at the ports to check if you have any plants or animals that you could spread to other islands, and disrupt the environments there. They lock your bags up so you can’t access them until you reach the other island. Other officials cut them off when you arrive at your destination island. We were told by Victor to take seasickness pills as soon as we woke up that morning, and I’m so glad I did. Some people were sick on the boat. I only saw flying fish and many seabirds on the boat rides, but some people saw a sea turtle and a pod of dolphins.

• Posted on June 17, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

What Does “Galapagos” Mean?

The first thing we did on Santa Cruz was to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Many animals were kept in enclosures for breeding purposes, but some animals like various birds and marine iguanas were wild and hanging around the station. The marine iguanas are so oblivious to all other life that they like statues when they are basking in the sun – I thought they were fake at first. They look very much like small dragons. We also saw a Galapagos mockingbird, which was actually the gateway to Darwin’s theory, not the finches that so many textbooks reference.

• Posted on June 16, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

The Importance of Rules

The next day we departed for the Galapagos Islands by plane. Because the islands are a national park, we had to go through a form of customs, even though the islands are still part of Ecuador. This is to make sure we aren’t spreading plants or animals that may harm the ecosystems. You also need to pay $100 to get into the islands upon arrival – this was covered in our costs with EF tours. The islands are also at a much lower elevation than the mainland, so we didn’t need to worry about altitude sickness.

• Posted on June 12, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,


The first full day after we landed in Ecuador was to explore the city of Quito, the highest official capital city in the world – 2800 m above sea level. Because the city is so high, some of us felt the effects of “altitude sickness”, including headaches, tingly fingers, and shortness of breath. Our trusty EF tour guide, Victor, told us to take it easy on our first day, until we can get acclimated. Lots of water, and hard candy can help. Fortunately, I myself did not suffer too greatly.

• Posted on June 8, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

Make the Most of Your Degree

University is all about learning and personal growth. I believe that it is vital that you as a student take full advantage of your degree and your learning experience. I was fortunate to participate in a 2-week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in South America that was organized by the Nipissing University Biology Department with EF Tours. It came with the option to have it count as a 3-credit spring course, which I decided to register for, along with six other students.

• Posted on June 3, 2015 by Vincent Evans-Lucy in , , , ,

First year in the eyes of a second year

Looking back at it all, now being a veteran second year Business Administration student, first year seems so different. First year is definitely a challenge, you complete a huge transition and you have to get used to a whole new way of independent life. What I can assure you, is that it will be a huge challenge but looking back on it, you will see how much it helped you, and how eye opening the real world is.

• Posted on May 20, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

A Reflection of my Time at Nipissing

It is crazy to think that my time at Nipissing University is about to come to an end. I have had such an amazing four years and although I am graduating, I don’t think I am ready to leave North Bay quite yet. When I first arrived at Nipissing University in 2011, I had no idea what to expect. Since then, my experience has been nothing short of amazing. As goes for most things, there have definitely been some ups and downs but I have been able to learn and grow so much as a person that I am thankful for everything that has happened along the way.

The Concurrent Education Experience: That’s a Wrap!

Five years in the Concurrent Education program has now come to an end! Five years ago, I can remember walking into university thinking this was going to be a long five years of hard work, and I did not know if I was going to make it through. Today, I look back at my time at Nipissing, and I see tons of memories, laughter, lifelong friends, and hard work. These past five years were really short, and now it is my time to graduate and make a difference in the world.

• Posted on April 16, 2015 by Meagan Wills in , , ,

School’s Over…. Now What?

Another year completed and you are ready for sun tanning and days at the beach. Before you get too comfy and buy three bikinis, here are a few things you can do in the meantime while you hunt down that perfect summer job and move everything into your parent’s house/out of res/ into you new house.

• Posted on April 14, 2015 by Tealia Carriere in ,

Choosing your specialization.

Something you are going to hear a lot going into the business program is “What specialization are you in?” or “What one are you thinking of taking?”. To clarify for anyone unaware; the Business Administration 4 year program has specializations in; Accounting, Economics, Marketing, Organizational Studies/Human Resources and Technology Management. A student may choose to specialize in one area, which means they must take extra credits in that field of study and at graduation, they will graduate with a specialization.

• Posted on April 10, 2015 by Markus Hawco in ,

How and why you should attend Office Hours

According to a recent study, 66% of students have not attended the office hours for a course and only 8% attended office hours more than once a month (Weimer). I put together a few ways to break down the stigma against office hours, reasons not to attend office hours, ways to motivate yourself to go, things to talk about and/or discuss, and why it’s important for professor to have students attend office hours. We need to look at our professors as a ‘Wizard of Oz’ and less like a high school teacher.

• Posted on April 9, 2015 by Tealia Carriere in , , , ,


Exams are approaching, and I’m sure many of you are thinking about your summer plans rather than your finals (I happen to be one of those people too). As exams get closer and closer, students often panic last minute and start studying far too late. Academic stress is difficult because it can really affect your mood, sleeping patterns, and even alter your focus, making you less likely to succeed in studying.

• Posted on April 8, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

Cool Places to Check Out in North Bay

North Bay is home to a variety of unique stores and locations. Though school should come first, you should always leave time for exploring. There are so many fun and exciting things to do in North Bay! Here are a few of my favourite places in North Bay.

• Posted on April 2, 2015 by Rebecca Greucci in ,

First Year Overview

The year is finally wrapping up! Only a week to go before exams, and am I ever excited. My first year of university was a great experience. I made a few really great friends and met SO many people! I got to try new things, like squash and weightlifting. And for the first time ever, I was a part of some sort of organization with the school (International Student Mentorship Program), and I felt like I was actually involved in student life, not just someone that shows up for classes.

• Posted on April 1, 2015 by Teri Farnell in ,

5 Things You Should Do This Summer

As the end of the semester is fast approaching, the tranquility of the summer holidays becomes more and more appealing. However, while you may be tempted to spend the summer lounging on the beach or enjoying a 4-month Netflix marathon, the holidays are also a great time for productivity. With that being said, here are 5 things you should do this summer!

• Posted on March 31, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in

The Psychology Behind Grocery Shopping

For many first year students, this year might be the first year that your parents aren’t responsible for grocery shopping anymore. If you don’t have a meal plan with the school it’s time to learn the do’s and don’ts of the grocery store! As it’s near the end of the year, chances are you have already gone for your first trip. Did you go thinking you would only spend $20, then $60 later you’re wondering where you went wrong? Grocery stores have years of psychology on their side. From the way they’re laid out, to the products they sell, the first step you take is already designed against you to ensure you spend more than originally anticipated.

• Posted on March 27, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in , , , ,

Walls and Windmills

This year I pushed myself to live outside of my comfort zone whenever it was safe, and in my best interest to do so. One thing I did that I would have never done in the past—because it was soooo far outside of my comfort zone—was agreeing to join an intramural volleyball team at Nipissing University. In fact, it was so out of character for me to be involved in land-sports that I had to repeat this news three or four times to my friends and family back home before the shock wore off and they finally believed me. I, too, was surprised when I heard the word, “Yes,” fall out of my mouth when my friends at school asked me to join their volleyball team.

• Posted on March 25, 2015 by Jessica Gatis in , , , , ,

The most Difficult aspect of University is…

Decisions, decisions. I feel like the top of my résumé should read “excellent decision maker”. Around this time last year all I was thinking was: Where am I going to school? What am I going to major in? Do I want to live on or off campus? What do I want as a career after school? Do I want to to do a postgraduate degree?

• Posted on March 23, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , ,

You can still Pull Up your Socks with a Month to go

With several classes missed and only a few more assignments till exams, is it possible to keep my honours? Can I get a decent grade or at the minimum pass this class? Although the exam is only a month away, if you put some time in, and look over these simple tips, I promise you can do it.

• Posted on March 18, 2015 by Tealia Carriere in , ,

The Fifth-Year Concurrent Education Experience: The final two placements!

Four weeks; four weeks is all we have left until we are done university for good. After five years of working very hard, having multiple all-nighters, finishing tons of lesson plans and having the most amazing education classes, it is finally paying off. We will be finishing up our last few weeks as a student teacher, and will be opening a brand new chapter with endless opportunities.

• Posted on March 16, 2015 by Meagan Wills in , , ,

Nipissing: The school of opportunities

Nipissing has become much more than a school for me, it is a school of opportunity and endless possibilities. Let me tell you a little secret, the school is young and small, and is open to support any students that have a passion to pursue. From my own experience, I have been able to start a squash club and the campus response team through Nipissing funding. You have many options for funding possibilities, whether it is from faculty funding, NUSU (your student union), the administration, athletics and more! If you have a passion you can pursue it here, and achieve it.

• Posted on March 12, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

North Bay in the Summer

We can all agree that while winter in North Bay has its perks, it tends to stick around a little longer than many of us had hoped. I, for one, am ready for spring and look forward to spending more time outside exploring the amazing trails and waterfront North Bay has to offer. Last summer I decided to stay in North Bay instead of moving back home to Oakville and I couldn’t believe how much I enjoyed it here! First of all, it is extremely easy to find places to rent in North Bay in the summer and many students end up signing a full year lease on a house anyway so it makes loads of sense to make the most of it and stick around here enjoying the warmer temperatures. There are also many employment opportunities in North Bay in the summer including positions at the university and within many businesses and organizations throughout the community.

• Posted on March 11, 2015 by Hillary Newman in ,

Treat Yo Self…And Others

University life can be packed with stress, exams, assignments, balancing life, working, and so on. It can be difficult to manage our time wisely, resulting in a lack of self-care, when in actuality, it is extremely crucial to uphold self-care during these stressful times. Self-care is an important aspect to university because you can’t focus on your work entirely if you don’t take the time to focus on yourself.

• Posted on March 9, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Wardrobe Basics For Uni Girls

Everybody needs basics in their closet. Some plain T-shirts and tank tops are the best base to any outfit. They’re also incredibly easy to style. Throw on any one of your basic tops, a pair of jeans, a scarf and a bit of jewelry and you’re ready to go anywhere!

• Posted on March 4, 2015 by Teri Farnell in

Spring/Summer Courses are Here!

There are many reasons why students should be taking Spring/Summer courses.It’s a proven fact that we loose 80% of the knowledge we have learned over the summer months. As well, it takes our brains twice as long to re-adjust to a classroom learning environment. Fortunately, Spring/Summer courses are awesome! There are a wide variety of interesting courses in every discipline available during the Spring/Summer session to choose from. There are both 3 credit and 6 credit courses that you can get in just a couple of weeks. They are also a great alternative if you have fallen behind in your studies or you wish to get ahead.

• Posted on March 2, 2015 by Rebecca Greucci in

March Open House

It’s that time of year again when Nipissing opens its doors to all potential students looking to join the Nipissing family! Much like a groom carrying his new bride over the threshold of their first house together, those first moments for a new student are important.

• Posted on February 26, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in , ,

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3 Ways to Upgrade Your Morning

If you are anything like me, waking up for that 8:30 am class is the last thing you want to do on a Monday morning. Recently however, I have begun making some simple changes in my morning routine in an effort to improve my health. While I will never be a morning person, these 3 habits have made my mornings feel a lot better!

• Posted on February 23, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , ,

Warm Fuzzies.

Have you ever had someone say something to you that completely filled you with happiness? Maybe it was an unsolicited compliment, a spontaneous text, a kind word when you were feeling down, or the message in a birthday card. Regardless of the source, these comments probably made you feel good, and left you feeling good for long afterwards. Sometimes even the memory of these comments is enough to bring those good feelings back. These comments are what I refer to as the “warm fuzzies” because that’s the closest description to how I feel on the inside when I hear (or remember) what was said or done.

• Posted on February 19, 2015 by Jessica Gatis in ,

My 3 Favourite Things to Eat in North Bay

I feel like one of the best things about North Bay is all of the non-chain restaurants you can find and the delicious food that is in them. I decided to share my 3 favourites… My absolute favourite is a must try.

• Posted on February 17, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in ,

Why February is so Important

I know it’s tough to start thinking about summer now but having a good summer job really is key to making the most of your summer and also making the cash you need to survive the next year at university. February is the ideal time to start looking for and applying to summer jobs. Nipissing offers many great summer employment opportunities if you plan on staying in North Bay. The Office of Student Development and Services on campus can also help you if you are on the hunt for summer work, be it at Nipissing or elsewhere. They will help you put together a strong resume and cover letter to apply for any summer job, or potential career opportunity you wish to pursue. They also offer interview help and can prepare you for your interview no matter which position you are seeking.

• Posted on February 12, 2015 by Hillary Newman in , , ,

The Fifth Year Concurrent Education Experience: Alternative Placements

January, a month of excitement and change for the Fifth-Year Concurrent Education group. Exams are finally done, our undergraduate degrees are complete, and our difficult good-byes are over. Now it is time to take a big leap and start our four months of placement, the first being our four-week alternative placement.

• Posted on February 11, 2015 by Meagan Wills in , , ,

Transferring from College to University (Muskoka Edition)

Our actions, decisions and thoughts impact who we are and what we do with our lives. After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue– becoming a wedding planner, psychologist, singer? They were all dreams of mine. But when it came time to decide what path to choose, I panicked. I had an unsettling feeling going to the University of Guelph, leaving my family and friends. These are normal feelings, but once I was settled in, it occurred to me that I wasn’t pursuing what I really wanted to do.

• Posted on February 10, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

5 Reasons You Should Play Sports

If you read my last post, you will see that I come to you with yet another list of 5 physical activity related things! It’s almost like this is my field or something. This time, it’s 5 Reasons You Should Play Sports. Sports can include anything from dance, to football, to yoga, to squash. Find the one you like and start to reap the benefits!

• Posted on February 5, 2015 by Teri Farnell in , ,

The Friendly Neighbourhood Dons

Two weekends ago I attended the Residence Life Conference in Guelph University. The idea of this conference is to bring together Dons/RA’s from all universities to share their information, tips and strategies about the daunting job of working in Residence. I went as a delegate and judge for Nipissing University as I am a Chancellors House Don.

• Posted on February 3, 2015 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

Getting Involved

Congratulations! You survived your first semester of University. It only took a little hard work, dedication, and a lot of coffee, but now you have mastered the art of being a university student. Not quite, now its time for you to get out there and get involved. One of the best reasons to attend Nipissing is the wide range of school activities and groups to be part of. Whether you are athletic, you appreciate books, or you are really fond of learning, Nipissing has something for everyone!

• Posted on January 29, 2015 by Rebecca Greucci in , , ,

Tackling Student Stress

As we embark upon a new semester, let’s talk about an issue we will all be facing: Stress

• Posted on January 26, 2015 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , , ,

A Letter for the Introvert: Getting Involved and Making Connections

Dear Introverts, quiet-types, shy people and anti-socials, As an introvert myself, I can relate to how much you hate the term “getting involved” and I am here to inform you that it wasn’t horribly-terrible taking part in experiences, getting involved, and making connections.

• Posted on January 23, 2015 by Sarah Sceviour in ,

The “Friendzone.”

The dreaded “Friendzone”… A cultural phenomenon that has been experienced so often by so many that there is even an MTV series dedicated to people confessing their feelings to friends (appropriately titled Friendzone). If you are sitting there reading this and thinking, “But Jessica, I’ve never been in the Friendzone,” then you have most likely—perhaps unknowingly—Friendzoned someone in your life.

• Posted on January 21, 2015 by Jessica Gatis in

Long-Distance Relationships (of all types)

Once high school is over there is a whole new set of challenges that people face. The increased workload and financial debt that is part of being a university student is what your family tries to prepare you for. What they don’t prepare you for is how your post-secondary life could effect your relationships.

• Posted on January 20, 2015 by Courtney Ivany in

Get out there!

I am a firm believer that a positive or negative University experience is all about what you make of it. By taking advantage and becoming involved in all facets of your university life you will have a great time. Grab that bull by the horns and see where it takes you. If it takes you for a ride far from campus, you may have to walk back but it’s a story and it’s an experience you can reflect on. It’s this outlook that has allowed me to become involved in a ton of different things throughout my Nipissing University life. Reflecting on these experiences has allowed me as a Student Recruitment Officer to connect with prospective students on a different level.

• Posted on January 13, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

Being a North Bay Local aka A Townie

Being a townie and having the opportunity to travel around Ontario as a Student Recruitment Officer, and talk about my life at Nipissing University was an amazing experience! There is so much that North Bay and Nipissing University have to offer its students that I wanted to be able to tell my story to others.

• Posted on January 9, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

I’ve Been Everywhere (in Ontario)

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve crossed the Great Lakes bare, man
I’ve breathed the Northern air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere.

• Posted on January 7, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

Southwestern Ontario girl returned to her Northern Ontario Home

Now that the nine weeks of travel and student recruitment are completed, there are so many things that I’m loving about being back at home.

• Posted on January 6, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

The Prairies

Ten weeks of travel for recruitment season have come to an end and I would not let that happen without telling you all about my travels through the Prairies and all of the amazing people I met.

• Posted on January 5, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Opportunities at Nipissing

Being a student at Nipissing provides so many opportunities for students to become involved and be successful! I personally had the chance to work in several different departments throughout the school. It enabled me to appreciate how much our staff dedicates their time to ensuring that our students have a great experience here at NU.

• Posted on December 18, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Stay Active This Winter

Five Ways To Stay Active in the Winter

• Posted on December 15, 2014 by Teri Farnell in , ,

DIY: Holiday Candles on a student budget!

The holidays are fast approaching and every student is now trying to gather every last penny they have to buy Christmas gifts. I personally have a small (or large) obsession with candles, so much so that I have started creating my own to use as gifts. In this post I am going to share 2 different candle ideas that would make great gifts for everyone this year without breaking the bank!

• Posted on December 12, 2014 by Courtney Ivany in

It’s All or Nothing!

Congratulations! You survived final projects… but it’s not over yet. Over the next couple weeks students will be faced with dreaded exams. Most students would agree that this is the most stressful time of a semester, and rightfully so. Exams can make up a huge portion of a student’s mark so they are not something that should be taken lightly.

• Posted on December 11, 2014 by Rebecca Greucci in , ,

The Final Stretch: How to Stay Motivated

The semester is almost over, the holidays are fast approaching, and a heavy blanket of snow is falling upon your motivation – burying all traces of productivity. While the end of the semester should be a time to cultivate time-management skills, I find myself overwhelmed with an endless list of tasks to accomplish and no time to complete them.

• Posted on December 10, 2014 by Kylie-Anne Grube in , , , ,

Creative and Fun Study Techniques

Here are a few ways to help you get through all the tedious studying that lie ahead. Try a few, or try them all!

• Posted on December 9, 2014 by Tealia Carriere in ,

The Magical saying “Get Involved”

Something that is heard numerous times throughout university as being the “key to a rewarding university experience” is to…get involved. What exactly does this mean? At what amount of involvement are you considered “involved”?

• Posted on December 3, 2014 by Markus Hawco in , , , , , ,

What Would You Change?

A few weeks ago I came across a video that really made me think, and I want to share it (and my thoughts about it) with you. The video asked 50 people of various ages one question, “If you could change one thing about your body, what would it be?” Now I want you to take a second and really think about this. If you could change one thing about your body…What would it be?

• Posted on December 2, 2014 by Jessica Gatis in ,


I have a terrible attention span. When I am trying to study or read for my classes, I find myself doing anything but studying or reading. With exams around the corner, I think it’s time for all of us to buckle down and eliminate distractions.

• Posted on November 28, 2014 by Sarah Sceviour in , ,

Fifth Year Concurrent Experience: Preparing for the final weeks

November, the time of year when everything starts getting very busy, as students prepare for exams and final papers that are coming up. As the campus becomes even more beautiful, with the snow sticking to the trees, the anticipation for the holidays and seeing your family/friends also starts to build.

• Posted on November 21, 2014 by Meagan Wills in , , , , ,

It’s More Than Basketball

This past weekend, our school had our first-ever varsity basketball games. Both the men’s and women’s teams had their home openers against Carleton University. Carleton may have the best university basketball team in the country, but Nipissing is definitely a top contender for having the best fans and support.

• Posted on November 20, 2014 by Evan Gomes in , , , , ,

How to Survive the Holidays on a Student Budget

Surviving the holidays on a student budget can be a challenge. There are presents to buy, parties to attend and numerous other activities and events you just don’t want to miss out on while you’re making the most of your time off. For most students, heading home for the first time in a while to spend quality time with friends and family usually leads to a little bit of extra spending and with a tight student budget, this can get stressful. Fortunately, there are many easy ways to save a little bit of money this holiday season without missing out on any of the fun!

• Posted on November 17, 2014 by Hillary Newman in , ,

Exam Prep

We all know exams are right around the corner. Many of us are still recovering from midterms and may feel like we need a break. Obviously, in order to prepare for exams we have to study. Some people study by reading their textbook, over and over and over again, others write their own notes and some use cue cards. These are just the basics.

• Posted on November 14, 2014 by Teri Farnell in , ,

The Importance of Self-Care

Of course, many people come to Nipissing as a student to focus on academics. But if academics were the only thing you spent your time on, you wouldn’t be able to truly excel because you wouldn’t be living a balanced life. Let’s talk about self-care for a second because it’s really important! Self-care is actively doing all the things that everybody tells you should. We all know health and good sleep patterns are important for doing well in school, but what happens without those things?

Winter Fun on a Budget

As winter approaches, I often find myself tempted to spend the chilly months wrapped up in a warm blanket with a cup of tea. Despite this, it is important to take advantage of the beautiful northern location Nipissing has to offer. North Bay offers a variety of fun and inexpensive activities to help you enjoy this winter season. Here are a few student friendly activities to help both indoor and outdoor enthusiasts alike to enjoy the cold months ahead.

• Posted on November 12, 2014 by Kylie-Anne Grube in ,

Mid-Terms are done, now what?

So you made it through all this year’s first round of mid-terms and projects. Congratulations! The stress you had before reading week, during reading week, and the week after, is over. And you can finally take a break. Not so fast! Exam season is just a month away, and if you have a class once a week, that’s roughly 5 classes until you take your exam.

• Posted on November 11, 2014 by Tealia Carriere in

Nipissing University: A Winter Wonderland

As the last leaves fall from the trees and a crisp chill fills the air, we know it is only a matter of time before Nipissing University is covered in a blanket of white fluffy snow. As a prospective student it is important to come to terms with the fact that for the majority of the school year Nipissing is a cold winter wonderland. However, there are plenty of fun winter activities, specific to Nipissing University, for students to participate in.

• Posted on November 6, 2014 by Rebecca Greucci in , , ,

How to Survive Being a Townie

Nipissing has always been a first choice for me. One of the biggest reasons is the amount of money I could save by staying home for University. North Bay has been my home now for eighteen years and I see no reason to be in any rush to change that. Living at home has so many benefits. I still receive delicious home cooked meals, my laundry is done for me for free, and there is no worrying about getting along with potential room-mates. Although living at home has these benefits, it also has its downfalls. Yes, unlike people living in residence I am allowed to own an adorable dog, but to be able to have the full university experience, I have to have more friends than just her. I was terrified that my first day of university I would walk into my first class and see all the groups of friends who had met in residence already, leaving my only friend to be four legged.

• Posted on October 31, 2014 by Courtney Ivany in , ,

These last two weeks

As my first post of the student blog, I would like to talk about the preparation that was done this year for first year students. Again my name is Markus Hawco, a BBA student but more importantly a don (or better known as an RA in other Universities) at Chancellors House. Prior to school beginning I have personally done two weeks of don training, a day of peer tutor training and note taking. I can positively say I am beyond excited for school to start so I can put what I learned into action.

• Posted on October 30, 2014 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

Beautiful British Columbia

I have an amazing job. Not only do I get to talk to students every day about how exciting it is to consider the university experience and how Nipissing may be just where they belong, I get to travel to do so. I have spent the last two weeks with 45 other Canadian Universities in Victoria, North Saanich, Shawnigan Lake, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond, Port Moody, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, West Vancouver and Vancouver, BC with the Canadian Universities Event (C.U.E.). Not too bad for my first time on the West Coast.

• Posted on October 27, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

What NU means to me

I’ve put a lot of thought into what Nipissing University means to me. It isn’t the easiest thing to articulate, and I don’t love talking about myself, but it’s impossible to do one without the other. So please, forgive the ramblings to follow.

• Posted on October 24, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

The Fifth Year Experience of Concurrent Education

In the spring of 2010, I made my first big life decision to pursue a post-secondary institution that would soon become my home for the next five years. I chose to attend Nipissing University, move four and a half hours away from home, and became a student in the Concurrent Education program. These past four years have been filled with great memories, an awesome program, and hard work. I am currently in my last year of the Concurrent Education program and I could not be more excited.

• Posted on October 22, 2014 by Meagan Wills in , , , ,

The Meaning of Fear

Fear is a funny thing. Well, not “haha” funny… because let’s face it: when you encounter something that you are afraid of, or something that strikes fear into your heart, there is nothing funny about it. Your palms sweat, your heart races, you feel nauseous, and you want to run away… or at least that’s the way it is for me.

How to Make Reading Week Your Friend

Hello future and current Nipissing students! My name is Evan and I am here with a few tips on how to make this reading week your friend. “Of course reading week is my friend. It’s a week off where I can see all my friends from home I haven’t seen in 2 months” you’ll say. I agree with you! Reading week is a tremendous time to go catch up with your friends and see how you are all doing in your first endeavour outside of high school. However there are two main parts of reading week which can trip up students.

• Posted on October 15, 2014 by Evan Gomes in , , ,

Hey, It’s Your Future

Hey everyone! Let me introduce myself, my name is Carla and not only am I a part-time graduate studies student at Nipissing University, but I am also staff. I have the honour of working with the NU recruitment team. That means it is my job to talk you and anyone else into studying at Nipissing University. The fall is the most busy and exciting time of the year for prospective students. There are so many decisions to make. WHERE are you going to study and WHAT are you going to study? I can’t answer those big questions for you, but I can tell you what questions you should ask the schools that you are considering. Maybe these questions will help make your decision that much easier!

• Posted on October 10, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Advice for Midterms

It is so hard to believe midterms are coming up already! As a fourth year student, I like to think I am a little more prepared for this but something about tests never fails to make me nervous. Looking back on my first year at Nipissing I remember feeling extremely nervous about my first ever university midterms and exams. I’m no expert but I thought it may be helpful to share some of the things that helped get me through these past three years.

• Posted on October 2, 2014 by Hillary Newman in , ,

Becoming a Southern/Northern Girl

I grew up in a small town in Southwestern Ontario, called Newbury. It has 440 people, and our main attraction is a Home Hardware, a beautiful Home Hardware, but still a Home Hardware. I grew up with cornfields, 40 degree weather with the humidex, and tobogganed down a ditch because that was our biggest hill in the winter.

• Posted on September 4, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Coming Back Home

Three weeks ago, I started working for Nipissing University as a recruitment officer. After finishing my undergrad in 2010 and leaving the North Bay area for Southern Ontario, I realized that I missed the camaraderie and the friendliness of this institution. I missed the natural beauty and the great people in North Bay. I remember my alma mater with a smile and I am excited that I get to convince students that this is where they belong.

• Posted on September 3, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Ten Tips for Making the Most of your First Year Experience

Welcome to Nipissing! With September right around the corner, it is really exciting to welcome all of the first year students onto campus. Being a first year student is such a new and exciting experience and I hope you all enjoy being here as much as I have. As a 4th year Nipissing student, I thought I would share with you some of the things that helped make my first year at Nipissing University one of the best years of my life.

• Posted on August 29, 2014 by Hillary Newman in , , , , ,

The Ride

The school year is coming to an end, and with it goes my undergrad. When this exam period ends, I will have completed my undergrad and will go on to do my education degree next year in hopes of being a teacher. Which means that really, for me, the ride of university is almost done.

• Posted on March 27, 2014 by Evan Gomes in , , ,

You’re Almost There! Surviving the Final Weeks of a Semester

When students are asked what their most stressful time during the school year is, the majority will tell you it is the final weeks in a semester. The reason for this is that when you are down to your last couple of weeks, all your classes are wrapping up and students are expected to dedicate their time to final projects. The problem with final projects is that almost every class has one and they are all due at relatively the same time. On top of final projects, the ending of the semester indicates that it is almost exam time! This puts an incredible amount of pressure on students.

• Posted on March 25, 2014 by Rebecca Greucci in ,


Hello there! Are you thinking of coming to Nipissing? Or maybe you’re a current student? Well let me tell you about my experience here so far, a day in the life of a BPHE student. I am in my second year of the BPHE program, and I’ll tell you why I think it’s pretty great. These are all just my personal opinions, so take them as you will, whether you chose to agree or disagree.

Balancing Work & Play: Tips for Working Part-Time & Being a Full-Time Student

Being a student at University is a lot of work! You hear everyone comment how hard it can be to read their textbooks every week, juggling multiple assignments like essays and research papers, the challenges of group work, and studying for midterms and finals… but what about making time for other fun-activities like sports, art, exercise, friends, family, TV, traveling, etc…? and what about making time for all the other things that come along when you’re an adult like doing groceries, cleaning your apartment, paying bills on time, having your oil changed, making appointments with the doctor, resolving service problems with your internet/cell phone/TV providers, etc… Well I warn you that it isn’t easy!!!! But it gets easier over time. Honestly, one of my favourite things about growing up is that you get really good, really quickly, at balancing a busy schedule. You can go as far as you dare to in life as long as you work hard for it. University is your chance to become disciplined and learn those life skills that will help make your dreams happen.

• Posted on March 18, 2014 by Racheal Costello in

Tips and Tricks for University Success

Throughout most of my early childhood and most of my teenage years I was anything but a productive student. I was just barely scraping by with passing grades, putting forth the bare minimum amount of effort and aside from that I was not the healthiest or active kid out there. I’ve been attending post-secondary education for nearly three years now, and throughout the past four years I have learned many tricks to make learning a relaxing, enjoyable and rewarding experience. I’ve learnt how to draw a line between maintaining a healthy lifestyle and acquiring the grades that you want.

• Posted on March 18, 2014 by Shane Dunstall in , ,

The Uncontrollable

I couldn’t control that I had mono for about three weeks. I was super tired for two weeks and not only trying to keep up with school but also trying to train for a marathon. By the third week I started experiencing other symptoms like swelling of tonsils which prevented me from speaking and eating properly. I couldn’t take it anymore. The week after reading week I had to take off from school with a doctors note. I moved a midterm and an essay due date so I could lay in my bed feeling the worst I have ever felt. I may not even be able to run my marathon in May now, due to the missed training opportunities.

• Posted on March 11, 2014 by Sarah Sceviour in ,

Why I belong at NU

When I was deciding what school I could picture myself attending, I was drawn to Nipissing for a few reasons, campus size being one of them. The small campus would ensure a smaller class size; I wanted to be more than a number in a large lecture hall of people. I chose Nipissing because of the beautiful residences, small town and reputation for student satisfaction. Its pretty safe to say that university is not how they depict it to be in the movies; they seem to leave out the essays, tests and lectures (haha). Even though my experience hasn’t been like one from the movies, I wouldn’t change anything if I were to do it again.

• Posted on March 6, 2014 by Samantha Lee in , , , ,

My Exchange Experience: First in the Family for University and Travelling

I’ve always been a very independent and hard working person but I never truly felt confident and comfortable with my independence until I came to university. Without that boost in confidence, I don’t think I would have been able to be the first in the family to travel overseas! To put my experience into perspective, I’ll start with a little history about myself and how I got to where I am now, in my third year of university.

The Biggest Changes In My life

There are a lot of dramatic changes that you experience once you enter university, especially Nipissing University. You are going to hear hundreds of times that university is a big change and you might become desensitized to this statement but for this post just hear me out. After all, I am a first year student and I was in your shoes last year. I came from a household where my parents did everything from cooking, laundry to sometimes even cleaning.

• Posted on February 27, 2014 by Markus Hawco in , ,

Nipissing University’s Local WUSC Committee

DID YOU KNOW by attending Nipissing University you are directly helping a refugee student achieve a university education? That’s right! Every student pays a small levy into their tuition, which in turn allows a refugee student to attend university, which they otherwise may not have been able to do. To date, Nipissing has graduated two refugee students, currently is hosting a third and we are in preparation for our fourth student to join us in September!

A Day/Week In The Life As A Concurrent Education Student

A day in the life of a Concurrent Education student tends to be fairly busy, because you are taking two different degrees at the same time. However, in the long run, it is very rewarding.

What’s a Laker?

One of the coolest things about being a Laker is exactly that: being a Laker. What exactly is a Laker? I have been at Nipissing for four years and I still couldn’t properly answer that. Is it a lake? Is it a fisherman? A fish? I have no idea. I do know however that being a Laker is something Nipissing students take a lot of pride in.

• Posted on February 11, 2014 by Evan Gomes in , , ,

My Two Cents…Tips on transitioning into university

Hindsight is an extraordinary gift that most students going into university wish they had. However, hindsight is the understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. Therefore it is impossible for a student entering university to understand how it all works. Fortunately, I am a second year university student who has survived the many challenges that first year has to offer, and now I am looking to help smooth the transition for students who are considering joining me at Nipissing University next year.

• Posted on February 6, 2014 by Rebecca Greucci in ,

12 Steps to Surviving University: Things No One Tells You

Oh hello there, student body! Maybe you’re a current student, maybe you’re thinking of coming here, or maybe you attended here and can remember fond memories of University past. Regardless of where you are, here are some general guidelines that can help you get through any post-secondary experience. Many of you may be away from home for the first time. You’re no longer in high school; it’s time to be independent. Growing up is hard for everybody, but here are some tips I wish someone had told me in my first year, and I hope they help others as well.

If I knew then what I know now…

Hello there, my name is Shane, a 21 year-old student in the same boat as most others around my age. This is my first year here at Nipissing and I’m majoring in the Bachelor of Business Administration currently leaning towards streaming into Accounting. After I graduated from high school I took a victory lap, went to George Brown College and then Laurier Brantford, so suffice it to say I have been through quite a bit in regards to post-secondary education. I want to talk about what I have learned from my experiences from these past three to four years, what felt like being drawn the wrong hands and how I would have changed things if I had the opportunity to.

What I Miss about High School and Love about University

Reflecting back on the transition from high school to university sparks thoughts of what I miss about high school and what I love about university. I think during the transition period from high school to university it is important to not only cherish your last moments of high school and remember the things you love but also find reasons to look forward to your new fresh start at university.

• Posted on January 23, 2014 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,

One of The Most Important Things I have learned on my University Journey

Dear you, yes you. The person staring at this blog trying to figure out what you want to do with your life. I want to tell you to stop; you do not have to fully decide who you are right at this very moment in your life. When I saw Nipissing for the first time, I knew that this is where I could picture myself going to school for 4 years. It was the amazing campus, small classes sizes and beautiful residence that helped to guide me to my final decision.

• Posted on January 21, 2014 by Samantha Lee in , , ,

Tips and Techniques For Incoming Students

Coming to university can be one of the biggest decisions for some, while being the easiest decision for others. Some people may have dreamed about a certain university all their lives and others may have no idea where to start when looking at different schools, and I can tell you I was one of these students. I knew I wanted to become a teacher but I had no idea where to go, what school to apply to, or how far I wanted to be from home. Four years later, I am finishing my undergrad and only have teacher’s college left in the upcoming school year, and I can honestly say that coming to Nipissing University was the best decision I could have made to pursue my dreams.

A day in the life of a Business student

The life of a business student is fun, interesting, demanding but above all rewarding. I will take you through my busiest day of the week from wake up to bed. Keep in mind though, this is how my schedule looks, they are completely customizable to your own liking. The business program has a variety of courses offered at many different times.

• Posted on January 13, 2014 by Markus Hawco in , , ,

Take the Time to EXPLORE

If you ask my friends, they will be the first to tell you that I am a little ‘busy body’. I overload myself when it comes to all aspects of life. School. Work. Volunteer. You name it – I try to get involved. The great thing about Nipissing is that there are TONS of opportunities to get involved in areas of your own individual interest. For me, I was drawn to Nipissing due to its International Exchange Program.

• Posted on January 8, 2014 by Alexandra McKeon in , , , ,