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 , , ,

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 […]

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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , ,

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.

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 , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , ,

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 , , ,

Stay Active This Winter

Five Ways To Stay Active in the Winter

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

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , ,

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 , , ,

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.