NIC @ Home Student Life Newsletter - June 16

In this week's newsletter, learn about NIC Virtual Grad celebrations, a new speakers series for you to connect with faculty and learn about career opportunities and upcoming support webinars. 

Hello NIC students!

I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life update with various events, webinars and new NIC initiative. Please make sure you are enjoying outdoors while taking physical distancing measures.

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

Student Life Home

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”.

NIC Student Life is delighted to invite you to Virtual Grad 2020. By clicking on the link below, you will have the opportunity to share in this unique experience which includes special addresses from President John Bowman, Premier John Horgan, NIC alumnus Sheldon Falk and a special message from people across the NIC community. Please click here to experience NIC’s Virtual Graduation 2020.

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada: NIC Library and Learning Commons have created a new Library Guide to celebrate the National Indigenous Peoples Day. There are virtual events, exhibits, music groups, e-books, and recipes. Visit

With recent heart-breaking incidents, are you curious or want to learn more about Racism and Discrimination? Here is a link with some book recommendations:

Adapting to COVID-19: We’re Here2Talk: BC Campus is hosting a free Webinar on June 23, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. With the recent launch of Here2Talk, BC’s new 24/7 mental health counseling and referral service for Post-Secondary students, we are pleased to extend an invitation to participate in an online Question and Answer session with Ministry staff and the Here2Talk service provider. Learn more at:

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

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

Self-Care Tips

Designate a “Me Day”:  We often hear “you can’t take care of others if you are not well yourself.” But do we take it seriously? In the busyness of everyday life and getting caught in meeting one demand to another, we often forget to take care of ourselves or feel guilty to take out time for self-care. We need to make self-care our priority, not something that we will do if/when we can find the time. Eating right, getting exercise, being mindful, connecting with others – will all help you feel better and have more energy as you go about the rest of your day.

How to designate a Me Day:

  1. Consider measuring success by finding the joy of living rather than how busy your day is and how fast to complete your task.
  2. By setting aside a day for yourself, you are setting an example for others to follow and hence by taking care of yourself, you are taking care of others.
  3. Find a balance of activities that contribute to your self-care and overall well-being
  4. Plan your Me Day in advance and do not let last minute unnecessary commitments disrupt your self-care
  5. Take your self-care seriously if you want others to take it seriously
  6. Enjoy your Me Day and share your ideas of Me Day with us. Send us an email at

For more information or tips on health and wellness, visit

Healthy Eating - scroll down for another delicious (and cheap!) recipe. Send your own healthy and cheap recipes to

Supports and Services

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.

LGBTQ2S+: The NIC Library & Learning Commons aims to create a safe and welcoming space for all: our students, our staff & faculty, and the wider community. Our goal is to provide access to a range of resources and supports to aid you as you research, learn and grow. This guide is a gateway to the resources available here at NIC to support your inquiry into all things LGBTQS+. To learn more visit:

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:

Start Here, Go There: Join NIC faculty on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout June for a series of interactive Zoom chats on their areas of expertise, followed by an opportunity for you to ask questions about their field and post-secondary studies in their area. To learn more visit:

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

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin
Manager, Student Life

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Healthy Eating

5-minute Burrito Bowl

Serving: 1 bowl

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2-3 tablespoons salsa, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese


Diced avocado, diced tomato, guacamole, pico de gallo, etc.


  1. Prepare brown rice according to package instructions.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine rice, black beans, salsa, plain Greek yogurt, and shredded cheese. Microwave on high for 30-60 seconds, or until heated through.
  3. Top with diced avocado, diced tomato, guacamole, pico de gallo, or other desired toppings.

Note: You could also add sautéd veggies, shredded chicken, tofu, corn, or pico de gallo, or drizzle your bowl with salsa verde or enchilada sauce, or use pinto or refried beans instead of black beans, or top your bowl with with guacamole instead of sliced avocado.

More at: HealthyLiv