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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 ,


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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 , , ,


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 , ,


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 , , , , ,


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 , , ,


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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 , , , ,


Things we’ve ALL said to our Roommates

For the following post, I greatly took inspiration from the Oddessy article: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/40-things-definitely-said-college-roomates. 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 , , ,


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 , ,


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 , , ,


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 , ,


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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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.
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• 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!
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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.
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• Posted on November 15, 2017 by Hannah Davidson 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.
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• Posted on November 10, 2017 by Lauren McLaren 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 , ,


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”.
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• 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.
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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 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.
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• 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.
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• 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.
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• 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.
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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:
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• Posted on August 2, 2017 by Campus Tour Guides 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.
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• 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!
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• 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.
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• 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!
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• 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!
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• 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?
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• 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.
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• Posted on March 31, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , ,