We Ru(i)n The World

Nipissing University is so fortunate to be situated in a beautiful, natural landscape. This is one of the reasons I chose to attend Nipissing in the first place. I find getting out and enjoying nature to be very calming, especially during challenging times throughout the school year. Having a deep appreciation for the environment has […]

• Posted on April 4, 2019 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,


Let’s Get Involved!

It’s that time of year where everyone starts to feel groggy, tired and bored. I know I’m not the only one who is sick and tired of the snow and the cold, cold weather. Not to mention, with midterms right around the corner, students are feeling stressed and tired. I know watching NetFlix and taking […]

• Posted on March 27, 2019 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,


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 […]

The Benefits of Having a Furry Friend

The past few months I’ve been reflecting back on my 3 years at Nipissing, and have found myself realizing how lucky I have been! We have a beautiful campus surrounded by nature, I have amazing friends and recently an amazing, furry, study buddy! When I lived in Founders House during my first and second year, […]

• Posted on February 28, 2019 by McKenna Hill 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 , , , , , ,


Graduation is Near

It is hard to believe that 5 years of University has come and gone so quickly. It has been 5 years full of amazing experiences, making new friends, living on my own, and yes, a few stressful times. Despite the mixture of positives and negatives, I would not trade the experience. Not only has my […]

A Colourful Approach to a Happier You

From January 11th-13th, I had the privilege of attending the 2019 Residence Life Conference. This event was gathering of student staff from various post-secondary institutions who work in Residence Life as Community Assistants (like me), Dons, Council Executives, and more. At the conference, we attended a variety of presentations. My favourite, by far, was about […]

• Posted on January 28, 2019 by Amy Rebel in , , , ,


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Restaurant Recommendations

Cecil’s Brewhouse and Kitchen -If you like the Irish Pub feel then you’re going to LOVE Cecil’s. Located downtown at 300 Wyld Street – This place is incredible. Live music, great staff and food that is to die for. I highly, HIGHLY recommend you get the “Green Apple and Pecan Harvest Salad”, or the classic […]

• Posted on January 22, 2019 by Leah Butler 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 , , , , , , ,


Gentle Reminders to Keep up the Good work!

With Halloween put behind us, and the first snow-fall making it look a lot like winter here at Nipissing University. This is just a gentle reminder that we need to keep all the excellent work that you are doing, even when you are feeling a little down. Don’t forget that good things lie ahead for […]

• Posted on November 23, 2018 by Casey Monkelbaan 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 […]

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 , , , , , ,


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 , ,


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 , , , , , ,


What to pack?

If you are an out of town student like I am, you may not know what to pack for residence so here are some helpful suggestions about what to pack: I packed up optional supplies such as my makeup, bathing suit, flip flops, one black dress, two pairs of heels, purses, shorts, tank tops, skirts, sunglasses, […]

• Posted on February 15, 2018 by Urooj Ahmed 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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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 , , , , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , , ,


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 , ,


4 Useful Cooking Tips for Beginners

If you’re anything like me, you’ve tried many times to make a half-decent meal these past couple months or so. Sometimes, it doesn’t work out and it turns into a bowl of popcorn, for myself at least. I find it extremely annoying when I plan to cook a nice meal and it either burns (we have crappy pans) or tastes like garbage! I also find that pure exhaustion and laziness after a long day takes a role when it comes to cooking. You may be a first-year, like myself, or maybe just haven’t really gotten the hang of cooking and rely solely on Kraft Dinner for a source of nutrition, but we’re all still learning. Anyway, here are some tips from one unsuccessful cook to another that I’ve found useful so far.
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• Posted on November 8, 2017 by Leah Butler 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.
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• Posted on November 7, 2017 by Emily Maw in , , , , ,


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 , , , , , ,


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 , , , , , , ,


Ways to be Eco-friendly

It’s pretty crazy that it’s already almost April. It’s hard to believe that exams are just around the corner. But let’s not forget that next month, Saturday, April 22nd is Earth Day! On this day you are encouraged to use less energy and be more eco-friendly. My family and I always made an event out of Earth Day – we turn out all the lights at 7 or 8 o’clock, sit in the dark for an hour or so and just talk and have fun.
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• Posted on March 29, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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.
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• Posted on March 17, 2017 by Maddy Aucoin 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.
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• Posted on March 2, 2017 by Amber Walker in , , , , ,


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.
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• Posted on January 30, 2017 by Sarah Sceviour in , , , , , ,


Lessons From My First Year Living On My Own

I’ve technically been living on my own for 7 months now, but “first year on my own” sounded like a better title. Regardless, I’ve reflected a lot about my experiences thus far and I felt like some of them were important to share amongst my fellow post-secondary peers!
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• Posted on January 23, 2017 by Abbey Thompson in , , ,


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.
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• Posted on January 19, 2017 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,


The Holidays on a Student Budget

‘Tis the season to be jolly! There always seems to be a lingering financial situation above every students head when they start to think about gift-giving during the holidays and it doesn’t need to be a stressful situation at all!
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• Posted on December 5, 2016 by McKenna Hill 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.
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• Posted on November 29, 2016 by Jaana Kekki in , , , , ,


How to Enjoy Winter in North Bay

Looking outside, it looks like winter is already here! If you are like me, you are feeling excited for all the fun things snow offers, and even more excited for the end of the semester and Christmas. And, well, if you are not like me, hopefully this post will help you through these next few months!
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• Posted on November 28, 2016 by Ian Farintosh in , , , ,


Making The Most of Your Time Here

The other day it dawned on me that as of December 10th I will be halfway through my university career. It’s really mind-boggling to think about how much I have gone through and how quickly it has gone by. Even though I still have another two and a half years until my degree is finished, I know that it will go by incredibly quickly and before long, I’ll be preparing to graduate and make my mark on the world.
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• Posted on November 23, 2016 by Jenn Gomolka in , , , ,


Hello North Bay!

Introduce yourself to the city of North Bay! During my first semester of my first year, I remained isolated at Residence and school, and although I look back at some amazing experiences, once I began to explore people and places I felt as though I was creating what now feels like my own community. North Bay is now my second home.
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• Posted on November 4, 2016 by Lindsay Ballard in , , , ,


Five Things I Learned my Freshman Year of University

As the new school year is upon us, it is important to reflect on past experiences in the educational system. For some, maybe you are still in the “small steps”, like elementary school or even high school. For others, perhaps this year you are taking a giant step- a leap really- and attending a post-secondary institution. Regardless, I’d like to share with you the five things I learned from my freshman year at Nipissing University:
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• Posted on November 2, 2016 by Destiny Murtaugh in , , ,


When You Realize You Miss Home

Everyone in Founders House knows that I call my mom every night at 9:30. No matter what I’m doing I stop, drop and call.
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• Posted on October 28, 2016 by McKenna Hill in , , , , ,


My First Six Weeks of Survival

Yikes…the past six weeks have been insane! I totally was not prepared for the transition from high school to the university. However, these past six weeks have come and gone; I do find myself getting occasionally homesick, and since I live almost 5 hours away from home, university has been such a big change and distance for me. I’ve got three foolproof ways I’ve used to occupy my time in order to stay a little less homesick and that have helped me survive my first six weeks of university.
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• Posted on October 21, 2016 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , ,


A home away from home: Residence!

During my academic career at Nipissing University, I lived in residence! It was a great experience where I truly developed as a leader and an individual; but I’m getting ahead of myself.
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• Posted on September 22, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,


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:
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Make Residence Your #NUHome!

Hey everyone! I am the Community Advisor at Nipissing University for the Muskoka Campus! I absolutely love my job, but most importantly, I absolutely LOVE residence! I think it provides many opportunities to get to know others and for personal growth! Here are some reasons why I think Nipissing’s residence should be your #NUHome!
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• Posted on February 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,


Getting Involved On Campus

I had always been actively involved on campus in my earlier years, so I thought why stop this trait of mine as I move into my post-secondary education? When I came to Nipissing University I wanted to continue my extracurricular activity. I first went to the ‘Club Days’ to see what Nipissing offered their students. Over my four years I have actively participated as a member of Chancellor’s House Community Action, Freshman Fit-teen, Nipissing University Student Alumni, Best Buddies, Frontier College Tutoring, Open House, Call Campaign, and Nipissing’s first Sorority. By becoming involved not only am I having fun, but I am also making many lasting friendships as well.
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• Posted on January 29, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,


The most important thing: Food.

Before you disagree with me about food not being the most important thing, let me plead my case first! Unless you have arranged your schedule so you’re only at school for a couple hours a day, chances are that you will have multiple classes and breaks, all packed into one day. This means you could be on campus for a large part of your day. Sitting through lectures, or participation in seminars can be a tiring, so unless you’re providing yourself with the proper nutrition (a.k.a. food) it can be extremely difficult to concentrate in class.
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• Posted on January 22, 2016 by Courtney Ivany in ,


So you’ve decided to come to Nipissing

Yes, going away to university for the first time is scary. You are not alone. It will be okay, I promise. I remember being really scared to leave home for the first time. I was nervous about all the unknowns that lie ahead. But what you need to know is that those fears dissipate within about two weeks. Once you are settled in to residence, you’ve met your roommates, gone to your first week of classes, and met your professors, you’ll come to realize that you can handle it and that everything is going to be alright.
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• Posted on December 14, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,