Our Journey So Far to Becoming a BPSO

In the last couple of weeks, Nipissing University’s School of Nursing has been featured, along with 2 other institutions, for our work to become Best Practice Spotlight Organizations in the Registered Nurse Journal. This is something to celebrate as our Nursing School works to engage faculty and students in the implementation of 5 Best Practice […]

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 […]

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 , , ,


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 , , ,


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 , , , , , ,


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, […]

Let’s talk about L-O-V-E (yourself, that is)

If there’s anything that I think people struggle with, it’s loving themselves. Growing up, insecurity runs deep in many. Whether it’s about body image, intelligence, confidence, self esteem, self acceptance – whatever that creates an obstacle blocking you from loving yourself. Maybe it’s because we’re all still trying to figure out who we are – […]

• Posted on February 12, 2019 by Leah Butler 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 […]

So… What’s Next?

January 2019. Wow. It seems like I was graduating High School yesterday but, low and behold I am almost done my third year of university, which means next year, I will be graduating. I feel so old. Not only do I feel old but I’m scared. Scared of what I’m going to do with the […]

• Posted on February 5, 2019 by Casey Monkelbaan in , , , ,


Student Accessibility Services: Using the Supports Available to You

I came to Nipissing University with an informal Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  When I arrived, I had no idea where to go to access the supports and services similar to what I had used at my high school.  I’m here to tell you that I found everything I needed in all of the WONDERFUL staff […]

• Posted on February 1, 2019 by McKenna Hill in , , , ,


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 , , , ,


A Student’s Guide to a Healthier New Year

When the new year begins, people often set a goal to improve some aspect of their lifestyle. Whether it’s spending less money, getting in shape, or reducing stress in your life, setting your sights on a healthier you is a crucial first step to making the necessary changes. However, as a student, if can be […]

• Posted on January 25, 2019 by Lauren McLaren in , , ,


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 , , , , ,


Ask an Undergrad: Should a Full-Time Student Pick Up a Part-Time Job?

As I have said a thousand times before, working towards earning an undergraduate degree alone is one of the most rewarding and challenging goals a person might have. And, so, some people might find it odd to learn that many undergraduate students maintain their full-time studies whilst holding a part-time job. For my entire undergraduate […]

• Posted on January 17, 2019 by Amber Walker 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 , , , , , , ,


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 , , , , ,


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 , ,


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 […]

I Go to Seek a Great Perhaps

On a regular basis I am asked what I want to do after I graduate from Nipissing. I usually reply with a smile, an awkward laugh, and a shrug. When I started university, I hadn’t really decided what I wanted to do in terms of a career, and that’s perfectly O.K.! To anyone else who […]

• Posted on April 10, 2018 by Lauren McLaren 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 […]

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 […]

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 , , , , , ,


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 […]

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 , , ,


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 not to arrive at procrastination Station

Every student puts things off for as long as possible. But here I am to write to you about how to avoid procrastination. Keep putting one foot in front of the other and before you know it that assignment will be done and perfect. I have acquired a list of tips and tricks from talking […]

• Posted on February 26, 2018 by Emily Maw 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 , , , , ,


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 […]

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 , , , ,


Cautiously Approaching my “New Semester, New Me” Resolutions

Similar to a New Year’s resolution, the notion of “new semester, new me” is meant to outline a set of resolutions that a student will incorporate into their daily lives; thus, apparently, allowing them to become a happier and more productive student. However, this never quite seems to happen as we expect it to. Which, […]

• Posted on January 26, 2018 by Amber Walker 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 , , ,


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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