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 […]

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!

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.

• Posted on October 31, 2017 by Jenn Gomolka 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.

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.

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

Undecided or Indecisive: How to decide which program is right for you

Over the past nine weeks, I have had the pleasure of meeting lots of students and I can’t help but notice a trend. There are so many students who are still undecided and just want to study everything. If you are one of those students, do not fear because I was once in your shoes and with this job, I find myself again very indecisive as to what I want to study next. My hope is that by the end of this blog, you will feel inspired and have some more tools in your toolbox to help you make the right decision for you!

• Posted on November 18, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , , , ,

The Very Last Muskoka Post (Goodbye)

Hi, hello! As of next year, the Muskoka campus will be no more. No students will be walking down the hallways. There will be no one in our classrooms, no one lounging in the Lakehouse. There will be no residence activities, no Dons, or Residence Council.

• Posted on April 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , ,

From College To University

If you’re coming to the end of your college diploma program you probably are considering your next steps. Now that you have a great educational foundation, you have endless options, opportunities and paths you could take. Many college students are interested in completing their degree after their diploma, but it can be a daunting prospect. Nipissing University is a great choice if you’re thinking about furthering your education and obtaining your degree on a beautiful campus with a supportive environment.

• Posted on February 8, 2016 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , , ,

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!

• Posted on February 5, 2016 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

Recruiting for a University I didn’t Attend

When I told my friends and family that I had gotten a job recruiting for Nipissing University, I got the same question over and over; “Isn’t it going to be difficult to represent a University you didn’t go to?” They got it half right. I did not attend Nipissing University for my undergraduate degree. When it came time for me to choose a university I was hesitant to break out of my comfort zone. I grew up in the Niagara region and had always planned on staying in that bubble. University was a daunting prospect, and I was fearful of compounding that with attending somewhere that I wasn’t already comfortable and familiar with.

• Posted on November 20, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Get Inspired.

I have recently opened my eyes to the beauty of this world, and I think it is valuable for everyone to recognize the positivity in their lives. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to receive an education and to apply my learning through various adventures in life.I am extremely blessed to be a Community Advisor at the Muskoka campus’ residence and to get the chance to connect to so many wonderful people. I am also very lucky to be a blogger and to have the ability to share my thoughts, advice, feelings, and to hopefully affect your lives in a better way.

• Posted on October 22, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , , , ,


Exams are approaching, and I’m sure many of you are thinking about your summer plans rather than your finals (I happen to be one of those people too). As exams get closer and closer, students often panic last minute and start studying far too late. Academic stress is difficult because it can really affect your mood, sleeping patterns, and even alter your focus, making you less likely to succeed in studying.

• Posted on April 8, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , , ,

Treat Yo Self…And Others

University life can be packed with stress, exams, assignments, balancing life, working, and so on. It can be difficult to manage our time wisely, resulting in a lack of self-care, when in actuality, it is extremely crucial to uphold self-care during these stressful times. Self-care is an important aspect to university because you can’t focus on your work entirely if you don’t take the time to focus on yourself.

• Posted on March 9, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

Transferring from College to University (Muskoka Edition)

Our actions, decisions and thoughts impact who we are and what we do with our lives. After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue– becoming a wedding planner, psychologist, singer? They were all dreams of mine. But when it came time to decide what path to choose, I panicked. I had an unsettling feeling going to the University of Guelph, leaving my family and friends. These are normal feelings, but once I was settled in, it occurred to me that I wasn’t pursuing what I really wanted to do.

• Posted on February 10, 2015 by Jessica Kayama in , , , , ,

I’ve Been Everywhere (in Ontario)

I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve been everywhere, man
I’ve crossed the Great Lakes bare, man
I’ve breathed the Northern air, man
Of travel I’ve had my share, man
I’ve been everywhere.

• Posted on January 7, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in , ,

The Prairies

Ten weeks of travel for recruitment season have come to an end and I would not let that happen without telling you all about my travels through the Prairies and all of the amazing people I met.

• Posted on January 5, 2015 by Student Recruitment Officers in ,

Beautiful British Columbia

I have an amazing job. Not only do I get to talk to students every day about how exciting it is to consider the university experience and how Nipissing may be just where they belong, I get to travel to do so. I have spent the last two weeks with 45 other Canadian Universities in Victoria, North Saanich, Shawnigan Lake, Nanaimo, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Richmond, Port Moody, Delta, Langley, Maple Ridge, West Vancouver and Vancouver, BC with the Canadian Universities Event (C.U.E.). Not too bad for my first time on the West Coast.

• Posted on October 27, 2014 by Student Recruitment Officers in , , ,

Nipissing University’s Local WUSC Committee

DID YOU KNOW by attending Nipissing University you are directly helping a refugee student achieve a university education? That’s right! Every student pays a small levy into their tuition, which in turn allows a refugee student to attend university, which they otherwise may not have been able to do. To date, Nipissing has graduated two refugee students, currently is hosting a third and we are in preparation for our fourth student to join us in September!

If I knew then what I know now…

Hello there, my name is Shane, a 21 year-old student in the same boat as most others around my age. This is my first year here at Nipissing and I’m majoring in the Bachelor of Business Administration currently leaning towards streaming into Accounting. After I graduated from high school I took a victory lap, went to George Brown College and then Laurier Brantford, so suffice it to say I have been through quite a bit in regards to post-secondary education. I want to talk about what I have learned from my experiences from these past three to four years, what felt like being drawn the wrong hands and how I would have changed things if I had the opportunity to.