NIC @ Home Student Life Newsletter - June 22

Hello NIC students! I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life update with various events, webinars and new NIC initiative.

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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 Counsellor, Elena Richmond: has created a Mindful Movement video that shares some tools to help you pay attention in a specific movement without judgement. Check out the full video at:

You deserve to be celebrated! 97.3 the Eagle has teamed up with ACS Computer Solutions and Lenovo to celebrate the Grads of 2020 - both from high school AND post-secondary. From June 15th to 28th, submit your grad photo to enter, and the Eagle will showcase their entries on social media. On June 29th, they will select one lucky grad to win a Lenovo Idea Pad Flex 5. Learn more at:https://www.973t

eBook & Video Review Site: The NIC Library and Learning Commons have created an eBook & Video Reviews guide were they invite students and staff to share reviews of ebooks and videos from our collection. All the details are provided at:

Dealing with Burnout: BC Campus is hosting a free Webinar on June 30, 2020 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm. During COVID-19, we have adapted the ways in which we work and support others. These changes add stress and pressure to our home and work lives. This session will provide an opportunity to bring those working in B.C.'s post-secondary sector together to learn how to recognize burnout and explore some strategies to guard against it. Learn more at: upport/adapting-to-covid-19-dealing-with-burnout/

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.

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Self-Care Tips: The tips this week are straight from an article by Louise Bradley, CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Make self-acceptance your priority:

  • "My advice to everyone right now is to put aside your previous expectations, to discard old ways of knowing and doing, and embrace the present with a compassionate and forgiving heart." (para.2)
  • "One of the hardest lessons I've learned, over many decades of trying and failing, is that we need to show ourselves empathy first, before we can turn outward and share it." (para.3)
  • "At this time in our lives, ranking our suffering is the last thing we should be doing. We must own our sadness and give ourselves the space and time to feel the many losses, big or small, we are facing each day." (para.7)
  • "If you find yourself easily irritated, unable to sleep, having difficulty focusing or experiencing bone-deep tiredness, your body is sending you a signal. Grief is a shape-shifter. And make no mistake, we're all experiencing a form of it right now, whether we name it or not." (para.8)
  • "It's easy slip into negative self-talk when we snap at a loved one, let the laundry pile up, and fail to meet our post-COVID standards. We need to expect, accept, and embrace the fact that our energy for conventional pursuits is being sapped as our brains process a reality that's changing at lightning speed. If homeschool is a flop, dinner is a bag of chips, and getting dressed is wearing your good sweatpants, so be it. If the bar is higher at your house . . . good for you, but don't flaunt it." (para.9)
  • "If you want to learn a new skill during the COVID-19 pandemic, the best one I can suggest is self-compassion. Take this time of global trauma and use it as a tool to blunt the edges of your self-criticism and quiet your internal monologue of inadequacy. Treat your perceived failings as stepping-stones toward the kind of personal growth that doesn't come from reviving a hobby, but instead from doing the hard work of practising self-love ? not in spite of the imperfections but because of them." (para.11)
  • "Showing ourselves kindness, being tender with our bruised and battered selves as we navigate these unchartered waters, is the best way to open our hearts and minds in service to the needs of others." (para.15)
    • Louise Bradley, CEO, MHCC, 2020

To read the full article, 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 LGBTQ2S+. To learn more visit:

Accessing Research Help: The NIC library have created a quick video letting students know how they can get research support this semester. Whether it's finding or citing information sources - we're here and ready to help! https: //

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: https://co

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: t-here-go-there-speaker-series/

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

Please note that previous issues of our newsletters are available on our website.

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin
Manager, Student Life

Healthy Eating

20 minute - Spaghetti Carbonara

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 4 slices bacon, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Optional: 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; reserve 1/2 cup water and drain well.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs and Parmesan; set aside.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add bacon and cook until brown and crispy, about 6-8 minutes; reserve excess fat.
  4. Stir in garlic until fragrant, about 1 minute. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Working quickly, stir in pasta and egg mixture, and gently toss to combine; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add reserved pasta water, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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