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 , , , , , , ,


Creating your Nipissing Family: Finding the People Who Will Always Cheer You On

I was the oldest child growing up. The one who was always telling my friends where to go and what we were supposed to be doing… basically the “Mom” of my friends. So when moving away for university came along, I thought I’d have no problem. Boy was I wrong! I love North Bay, and […]

• Posted on November 30, 2018 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,


It’s The Final[s] Countdown!

It’s that time of year again; finals are creeping up on us and most of us are still wondering how it’s already mid-November! During this time, a lot of students feel stressed out, overwhelmed, and tired, so it’s really important that we take care of ourselves and each other! Here are some things to keep […]

• Posted on November 29, 2018 by Amy Rebel 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 , , , , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , , ,


Opportunities Nipissing Has Provided Me Outside of School

There are many times as students when we are encouraged to reach out of our school boundaries and engage in other learning opportunities. As a nursing student this can seem daunting when you have 3 essays, a reflective journal, 2 pre-clinicals and a midterm to study for. In my first 2 years here at Nipissing […]

• Posted on November 16, 2018 by McKenna Hill in , , ,


A Graduate’s Survival Guide to Making it Through Your Final Year

Your last year of university consists of many thoughts in your head. Thoughts like “It’s gone by so fast,” “I’m excited to start the next part of my life” and “this is the first time I’ll ever be done with school.” It’s a lot to take in, and often a mountain of assignments due all […]

• Posted on November 14, 2018 by Jenn Gomolka in , ,


Maddy’s Declassified University Survival Guide: Exam Edition

Whether it’s your first time writing exams or your last, all students know the struggle of making it through exams to finally earn a well deserved break. Self-care is often emphasized, but if you struggle with mental health, no one tells you how to deal with that boring self-care when you’re already dealing with a […]

• Posted on April 13, 2018 by Maddy Aucoin in , ,


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 […]

When you can’t fight the procrastination anymore

I know my last blog post was on how to prevent procrastination, but at this point in time in the semester we can’t postpone procrastination anymore, its taken full hold of us and is not letting go. This point in time in the semester takes its toll on all of us. We all know exams […]

• Posted on April 4, 2018 by Emily Maw in


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 , , , ,


Canada to Spain: Making the Most of my Time Abroad

I’ve always known that I want to be a teacher. What I didn’t know was how could I gain the experience that I need in order to excel in that career. In high school I worked as a hostess, and later a waitress. Sure, I held some babysitting jobs here and there, and tutored some […]

• Posted on March 27, 2018 by Ashley Locke in , , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , , , , ,


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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Actually Getting Work Done When on a Break

We have finally come to a point where we get another break in the semester. I’m not sure about you, but for me, these breaks come at the point where I’m ready to collapse and forget about reading and writing for a week and concentrate on having some semblance of a life once again. However, […]

• Posted on February 28, 2018 by Jenn Gomolka 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 , , , , , ,


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 , , ,


25 Years in the Future

This year Nipissing University celebrated its 25th birthday. During the celebration, Nipissing opened a time capsule that had been sealed since 1992. The time capsule revealed many items that dated over 25 years, along with letters about how times might have changed. Thinking about the idea of a time capsule makes me wonder what I […]

• Posted on January 22, 2018 by Courtney Ivany 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 , ,


The Most Rewarding Part of My Job

Here’s a quick story about why I love my job: It’s December and exams are in full swing. I was walking down one of the hallways in the university when I was stopped by a first-year student that I met at the Ontario University Fair the year before. I asked the student how their year […]

• Posted on December 22, 2017 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,


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 , , ,


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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You’re Never A Number, You’re Always A Person

Sometimes we can feel like although there are people all around us we are completely alone and no on cares in that moment how we are feeling and what is happening in our lives. As a second year nursing student effected by the 6 week college strike, it often felt like throughout the strike our political figures didn’t see the 500,000 students out of class as people and just a number.
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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 , , , ,


25 Unique DIY Holiday Gifts Using a Mason Jar

The holidays are fast approaching! While this might be an exciting time for students who can’t wait to go home and visit their families, it may also be a stressful time for students who are worrying about the financial strain this might cause on them. The good thing is there are many unique gifts idea that can be a truly thoughtful gift that won’t break the bank. Below are 25 unique holiday gift ideas using a mason jar!
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• Posted on November 21, 2017 by Courtney Ivany in


Thinking About Life After Graduation

Yes, I know that it is only November. And yes, I know that this post *might* be stressing you out (heck, it’s stressing me out just to write it!). But it’s important to remember that it is never too early to start thinking about your future. Here are five questions to get you thinking about the rest of your life (no pressure, I’ll just be here eating ice cream out of the container; feel free to join!)
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• Posted on November 16, 2017 by Destiny Murtaugh 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 , ,


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.
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• Posted on November 13, 2017 by Casey Monkelbaan 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 , , ,


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 , , , , ,