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 […]

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 , , ,

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, […]

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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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:

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.

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 , , , ,

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!

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 , ,

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 ,

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.

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 , , , ,


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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , ,

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?

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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.

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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.

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:

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 , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , , , ,

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 , , , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , ,

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 , , ,

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 , , , , ,

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 , , , ,