NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - July 13

In this weeks' newsletter: learn about the plans for Orienation Day for Fall 2020, check out a learning skills workshop on learning from home and take a look at the resources available if you need extra support. 

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

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

Learning Skills Workshop: Balancing Learning and Living at Home: BC Campus is hosting a webinar on July 15th from 2:00m-3:00pm. This Webinar will share how to make space for your personal wellbeing when working and studying from home. You will develop approaches to working remotely that keep your wellbeing in mind and consider how your unique context might impact your work-life balance. You’ll leave with resources to support your success. To register and learn more visit:

Domestic violence isn’t less important under COVID-19. In fact, it is even heightened, but people need to reach out to police or a crisis line … when they are in a violent situation,” – RCMP domestic violence coordinator Constable Julie Clelland. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of family violence, support is available for you, even during this pandemic. Battered Women’s Support Services — The BWSS crisis line is open during COVID-19, offering emotional support, legal advocacy, and safety plans for women experiencing gender-based domestic violence. Please visit the link to know more:

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: Concerned about Extreme Burnout?

Here are some signs of being at risk:

  • You are so completely exhausted by the end of the day that you collapse on the couch and fall asleep without realizing it.
  • By the end of the week you are so fatigued you can hardly get out of bed in the morning.
  • You sleep an inordinate amount of time during the weekend just to feel normal again.
  • No matter how much sleep you get, you wake up exhausted.
  • Caffeine is a necessity to wake up and get through the day.
  • You often work so hard you forget to eat.
  • You have extreme cravings for junk food and eat excessive amounts of sugar for energy.
  • You binge on Netflix and other distractions to avoid being alone with your thoughts.

Here are some tips to fight Extreme Burnout:

  • Relax and allow yourself to do nothing (no cellphones allowed!)
  • Meditate
  • Read an educational book with a focus on personal growth
  • Listen to an educational podcast (news is not included as educational)
  • Play with your pet
  • Cuddle your significant other
  • Do something that makes you smile
  • Create something artistic or play an instrument
  • Listen to music you love
  • Practice gratitude with a gratitude journal

The above is a snip-it from an online source. To read the full article on Extreme Burnout, visit

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

Learn Anywhere: NIC’s Learn Anywhere information provides useful tips about how to be a digital learner while using NIC-supported technologies during your studies. The tips focus on the technology you will need, how to be successful, accessing student services and knowing your rights and responsibilities. More details 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

Meatball Pasta Bake

Servings: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes


  • 16 oz. ziti/penne/rigatoni pasta
  • 1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
  • 1 lb. frozen, pre-cooked Italian meatballs or homemade meatballs
  • 8 oz. mozzarella, fresh/shredded

Optional: 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped


  1. Cook the pasta until just before al dente
  2. Drain and rinse pasta under cold water to stop the cooking process
  3. Simmer the marinara sauce oven medium heat in the skillet. Add the meatballs to the skillet, coat them fully in the sauce and simmer about 5 minutes
  4. Combine meatballs and sauce with pasta and mix well
  5. Transfer to a 9×13 casserole dish and top with mozzarella cheese
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes or until cheese has melted and is bubbly
  7. Dish and serve hot sprinkled with chopped fresh basil

More at: thecookingjar