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 , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 […]

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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , , , ,

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!

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 , , , , , ,

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?

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , ,