NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Jan 4

Hello NIC students! Happy New Year! We hope you had wonderful holidays and had time to relax and recharge your body and mind. We are pleased to bring back your weekly Student Life newsletter with some information and updates.

This Week at NIC:

January 5th, 6th, 2021 - International Student Orientation: Please go to the New International Student Orientation by NIC's Office of Global Engagement.

January 6-8, 2021-Winter Orientation (all students): We have put together a series of pre-recorded and live sessions to help all students in their continued adjustment to digital learning. To access the pre-recorded sessions, please visit our Virtual Winter Orientation webpage. Live sessions will be offered January 6-8, 2021 at times mentioned below:

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 from 10 to 11:30 am PDT

Navigating NIC Digital Learning Platforms

A step by step orientation by Student Technical Services to all NIC digital platforms, including Blackboard, BlueJeans, and more. This session will also include a student’s perspective on how to successfully navigate.

To register, please email

Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 10 to 11:30 am PDT

Tips for a Successful Term

Review of academic and personal supports; self-care and study tips from the perspective of counsellors, students, and faculty.

To register, please email

Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 1 to 2 pm PDT

North Island Students’ Union (NISU) Info Session

Introduction to supports and services offered by NISU, as well as health and dental plan information.

To register, please email

Friday, January 8, 2021 from 12 to 1 pm PDT

Start of Term Welcome & Celebration

A fun, interactive event to welcome students to the winter term, including prizes.

To register, please email


Upcoming Events:

North Island Students’ Union announces Zoom yoga classes, for the NIC Campus Community. Each Friday beginning Friday January 15, 12pm – 1pm, all bodies are welcome to take a break and stretch it out, from the comfort of your own home, or wherever your studies have you. Live links to the Zoom event are in the NISU app, available for any smart device. Or email NISU at for the link. 

Important Dates:

Monday, January 11, 2021: Last day for waitlisted students to claim seats; remaining waitlists will be cleared at 4 pm.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021: Last day to register, apply for refund, and change from credit to audit.

Sunday, January 31, 2021: Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter term.

Ongoing Supports and Services:

Student photo ID card: to request the ID you will need to email, from your North Island College email address, a jpeg headshot between 10-2500KB, and a clear copy of another photo ID (driver’s license, passport, BC ID, etc) to: Once student services have received your jpeg headshot, they will produce your ID card and mail it to the current address on your NIC student record. If you have moved and not updated your address, you must do this, or the card will be sent to the wrong address.

Just have a quick question?  Need an answer from educational advising at term start? Email and an advisor will get back to you asap. 

Be sure to leave your student number, email and a phone number with your request.

NIC Student Technical Services have new hours of service for NIC students. Technical services will now be available on Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-5pm, and Saturday 9am-5pm. Learn more about Student Technical Services at:

Library & Learning Commons

The Library & Learning Commons is OPEN for students to visit Monday to Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm for computer booking, study space booking, curbside pickup, and laptop borrowing.

Academic supports including research, writing, math and student technical services will be available online during opening hours. 

Visit the Library & Learning Commons website for more information on current services and how to access print and digital resources.

Printing and Scanning

The Library & Learning Commons’ printers are available for printing and scanning during opening hours.

Printing is $0.10 for black and white printing and $0.20 for colour. Scanning is free.

Access to the printer is available by booking a computer space online or phoning your campus Library & Learning Commons.

For more information about your printing account visit Student Tech Services.


The Library & Learning Commons offers multiple online workshops throughout the semester for Writing, Research, and Math. To find out what’s being offered and to register, visit

Bring an Elder or a support person: The NIC Library & Learning Commons welcomes you to bring an Elder or other support member to your Research, Writing, and Math Support sessions. Let the Library know when booking your appointment, if you wish to bring someone with you.

Learn Anywhere: NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you be successful learning digitally by covering area such as:  What is digital learning? How to be a digital learner while using NIC-supported technologies during your studies? A list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists. More details at:

Thank an instructor/Staff Member

Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? Perhaps someone’s expertise, support or kindness has made all the difference to your success, or maybe just made you smile. If you would like to recognize the contribution of an instructor or staff member, please email with their name and the reason for your nomination. We will send the nominee a thank you card on your behalf including your comment(s). Please note – you will remain anonymous.

Do you have a story or know a friend who has a story worth sharing with others? About their journey to North Island College. We would like to invite you to participate in our Students of NIC Campaign. Examples of previous students who have participated can be accessed here:

The purpose of this campaign is to share stories of students and their journey to NIC in their own words. Normally, we would do this with an interview, which can be set up through BlueJeans. Another option would be for you to write your story out and send it to us via email to  The story is intended to be raw and authentic, so we do not do much editing.

We would then share your story on North Island College Facebook and Instagram pages. Let us know if you are interested and send us an email with your story or requesting an interview through phone or BlueJeans. If you have any questions, please send us an email at

Self-Care: Tips to Save Money and Add to Your Financial Health.

  • Save with a side hustle: Make a list of your skills and passions and find ways to make extra income with those skills and passion of yours.
  • Put your monthly savings on autopilot: Set up an automatic transfer from one of your account to a designated savings account when your paycheck comes in and pay yourself first.
  • Save your pay raise: On your next pay raise, make sure to increase the amount you pay yourself first through automatic transfer to savings account.
  • Save money by removing or reducing your credit card numbers from online shops: This will make spending on unnecessary online purchases inconvenient and will reduce impulse buying.
  • Wait a while and save: Before buying something that you want but don’t need, wait a week or so. If you forget about that in that time, good for your financial health.
  • Have no spend days: Challenge yourself not to spend money on specific day or specific week of the month and put some effort into making your own coffee or lunch.
  • Score Saving on sale items: Buy groceries or household items in bulk at good prices that you will need. But, do not use this tip to buy discounted items that you do not need.
  • Maximize savings at your local Dollar Store: Mainstream retails stores can be unreasonably expensive at times, take advantage of great savings on necessary items at a Dollar Store.
  • Save money with a change jar: Save your spare change, place a jar/box in your house where everyone can put their spare change instead of leaving them lying around. When the jar is full exchange the coins for notes at your bank.
  • (Dollie, F., April 26, 2020)

If you need any support through this time, please reach out to us. You can find information on NIC's counselling services, along with links to community supports, including 24hr crisis lines, on NIC's Counselling page.

We encourage you to join our NIC Student Life Facebook group to connect with us, share your views and stay updated on events and information on student life at NIC. Go to NIC Facebook page and click on “Groups”.

Share with us, how you are taking care of yourself at home. Share on social media and tag NIC on Facebook and Instagram OR send us an email at and we will share on your behalf.
#WeAreNICe #Thrive #NICatHome

Healthy Eating - scroll down for another delicious recipe. Send us your own healthy recipes to

If there is information you'd like to see included in upcoming communications, or would like to share, please let us know at

Enjoy your week and stay well!

Dean Martin/Disha Salhan
Student Life Team

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Healthy Eating

Spicy Chicken Quesadillas Recipe

Servings: 2

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 ounces (85g) shredded cooked chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) minced pickled jalapeño
  • 1 tablespoon (12g) minced fresh cilantro leaves
  • 4 ounces (115g) shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) vegetable oil
  • Salt


  1. Combine chicken, jalapeño, cilantro, and pepper Jack in a medium bowl and mix to combine. Spread half of mixture evenly over half of one tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Fold tortilla over and seal edges by pressing down firmly. Repeat with remaining filling and second tortilla.
  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Carefully add both folded tortillas and cook, swirling and moving tortillas around, until golden brown and puffy on first side, about 2 minutes. Using a flexible metal spatula, flip quesadillas, season with salt, and continue cooking until golden brown and puffy on second side, about 2 minutes longer.
  3. Transfer quesadillas to a paper towel to drain. Cut into triangles and serve immediately.

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