NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - December 7

Hello NIC students!

We are amazed how quickly this term went by and we are in the last week of classes, hope that you are feeling prepared for the exam time, please reach out to us for any support or help you may need. We are pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with some information and updates.

This Week at NIC:

Last week of classes December 7-11, 2020.

Tuesday December 8th Late Night Indigenous Advising Appointment: Make an appointment with one of our Indigenous Advisors in the evening, Dec 8 between 4-8pm. Learn more at:

Friday, December 11th forms due for Grab and Go Book Bundles: Looking for some good reads over the holidays? The NIC Library & Learning Commons will create a bundle of books especially for you!

All you need to do is complete the form on the link: and tell the Library what you are interested in. Our library staff will pick books from our collection to suit your tastes. You will be contacted when your books ready for you to pick up, at the campus of your choice. Complete the form before December 11 to get your book bundle in time for the holidays. Books will be due back by January 8th, 2021.

Upcoming Supports and Services:

Enter for a chance to win one of two 100$ VISA gift cards by completing a short survey seeking feedback on your learning experiences at NIC over the course of the term. We would appreciate you finding few minutes to complete our Student Learning and Support Survey.

Your feedback would provide us with information about your digital and online learning experiences, your preferences for learning, what is and what isn’t working and where we could make changes. Your feedback will help the instructors, faculty and deans plan future learning experiences to meet your needs. The survey is running until the end of day on December 14.

2020 Fall Final Exams: December 12-23, 2020. Check out the full exam schedule at:

Virtual Indigenous Student Lounge: Connect with NIC’s Indigenous Advisors, Elders in Residence and other Indigenous students at NIC. Come with questions, or just to hang out and connect. The virtual lounge will be available till December 16th on Tuesday, from 11am-12pm and Wednesdays, from 1:30pm-2:30pm. Email for the meeting link. 

Winter Orientation: We are pleased to announce the launch of our Virtual Winter Orientation! Similar to what was provided leading into the Fall term we have put together a series of pre-recorded and live sessions to help all students in their continued adjustment to digital learning. A number of the pre-recorded sessions have been updated from the Fall with additional information. Live sessions will be offered January 6-8. Please visit our Virtual Winter Orientation webpage for details.

Ongoing Supports and Services:

Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19: Services are available for British Columbians who are experiencing mental health challenges, such as anxiety or depression, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please visit the link to access the services: 

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.

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.

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:

Printing/Computer Bookings/Study Spaces/ Borrowing Books, Videos, and Laptops are available at the Library and Computer Lab.

Computer and Study spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons from Monday to Friday 8:00am - 4:00pm and in the Computer Lab from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot or call your campus library. HERE’s the phone number. Printing and scanning during opening hours Monday to Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. 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.

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.

After the interview, we normally take a picture, we try to identify a good photo shot based on what comes out in your story. In this case, you might want to send a selfie somewhere that is important to you while ensuring your safety with social distancing of course. 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 – Exam Season: Self Care Tips

This week self-care tips are shared by our Campus Life Assistants aka CLA’s, Wyatt, Akriti, and Raghav.

  • Make a study plan to stay organized, include study breaks, and follow the plan
  • Take time to do things you enjoy
  • Eat healthy and sleep well
  • Know your worth – stay positive and avoid negative thoughts
  • Follow your usual self-care routine
  • Stay active and hydrated
  • Treat yourself on small victories 
  • Practice mindfulness and meditation
  • Be kind to yourself and ask for help

What not to do during exam time:

  • First and foremost, do not procrastinate.
  • Do not compare your ability and pace with others.
  • Do not invest too much time on challenging topics, ask for help instead.
  • Do not avoid difficult courses, seek help from your classmates or instructors.
  • Do not cram but try to understand the course content.
  • Do not invest too much time in making notes, unless that is your study strategy.
  • Do not get distracted by your phone/social media.
  • Do not study for several hours - take breaks in between.

If you need any support through this time, please reach out to us. Our counsellors can also help you with study skills. 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

5 Ingredients Grilled Chicken with Tomato, Soy & Sesame Seeds

Servings: 4 Servings with Rice/Salad


  • 2 Tbsps Tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsps sesame seeds
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsps sweet soy sauce
  • 500g chicken thigh fillets (4 thigh fillets)


  1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, add tomato paste, sesame seeds, sesame oil and sweet soy sauce and whisk until well combined with a fork.
  3. Coat the chicken thigh fillets and arrange them on the prepared baking tray.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes and serve immediately with your choice of rice or salad.

Notes: Tip - Coat the measuring spoon with sesame oil so that the sweet soy sauce will slide off easily.

More at: FussFreeCooking