NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - July 20

Hello NIC students!

I hope you have been enjoying periods of sunny weather and spending days outside following physical distance measures in place. I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life update with various resources and information.

Student Life at Home

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As a student, you are eligible to receive a student photo ID card. However, with social distancing restrictions currently in place face-to-face services in Student Services is unavailable. You can still get your photo ID card by mail. To do this, 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.

Do you sometimes wonder how your mental health is and what supports you might need? Canadian Mental Health Association offers a Mental Health Check-In service to help you identify your mental health needs and keeps you surviving and thriving. The check-in is a brief tool to get you to quickly reflect on a few areas of your mental, physical and social well-being. You will be asked 12 questions about your sleep and eating, stress, mood and worry, substance use, social support, and thoughts of harming yourself. The check-in is anonymous and there is no right or wrong answer.

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.

Self-Care: Health Benefits of Physical Activity

Physical Activity not only help you feel stronger and better in your daily activities by reducing the amount of fat stored in your body, improving weight control, increasing good cholesterol (high-density lipoproteins or HDLs), decreasing bad cholesterol (low-density lipoproteins or LDLs), improving blood glucose balance and your body’s ability to use insulin, reducing blood pressure, and improving heart function and blood flow, but it also helps you feel better emotionally and mentally and increases your quality of life.

Physical Activity Decreases:

  • Anger
  • Anxiety (worry and fear)
  • Confusion
  • Depression (you’ll likely be better at preventing, reducing, and managing depression)
  • Headaches
  • Stress and tension (you’ll likely be able to cope better with stress)

Physical Activity Increases:

  • Assertiveness (being able to ask for what you need and make decisions)
  • Confidence and feeling able to do things
  • Emotional stability (less troubled by life’s challenges and disappointments)
  • Independence
  • Memory
  • Having a positive mood
  • Perception (better at noticing what’s going on around you)
  • Positive body image (feeling good about the way you look)
  • Feeling of well-being
  • Self-worth and self-esteem (feeling good about the way you see yourself)

HealthLinkBC, November 2016.

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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.
#IamNIC #NICatHome

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”.

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

Supports and Services

Our Fall 2020 Virtual Student Orientation webpage has been updated, please check out the updated webpage on the link here:

Our Student Technical Service team is hosting drop-in sessions to answer any questions on how to use Blackboard or MyNIC. Use your computer or mobile device to connect! Learn more at:

BC Campus has created a website listing various supports in place from filing tax returns, employment opportunities during COVID, to Canada student loan. Please visit the link to learn about these supports in detail:

Student Employment Services Student Employment supports are available everyday Mon-Fri by telephone or video conferencing and can be booked online via CareerCentral.

Have you done any research, work, presentation that would be beneficial for other NIC students and would like us to share? Let us know by sending an email 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
Manager, Student Life

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Healthy Eating

3-Ingredient BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Servings: Makes 4 halves

Cook Time: 45 minutes


  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, halved
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce, your favorite (or less/more, to your taste)

For garnish
Chopped parsley or sliced green onions, optional


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lay sweet potatoes cut side up on a large baking sheet. Roast until tender, about 35 minutes, depending on size of your potatoes.
  • In a saucepan set to medium-low, stir together chicken and BBQ sauce. Heat until warm, 5-10 minutes.
  • Top each potato with scoopfuls of chicken. Spoon over additional BBQ sauce and sprinkle with chopped parsley or sliced green onions, if desired.

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