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 […]

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 , , , , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , , , , , , ,


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 , , , , ,


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 , ,


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 […]

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 , , , ,


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 […]

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 […]

SOCIAL-OLOGY

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 […]

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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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 , , , ,


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 , , , , , ,


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 , , , , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , ,


The End of Semester Stress

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

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

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

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

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


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.
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• Posted on November 13, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.
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• 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.
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• Posted on November 2, 2017 by Urooj Ahmed 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.
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• Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , , ,


Making Self-Care a Priority

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


The 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.
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• Posted on October 25, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.
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