NIC @ Home Student Life Newsletter - June 29

Hello NIC students! I hope you are enjoying the nice weather and staying safe following the physical distance measures in place. I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life update with various resources and information.

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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”.

2020 Virtual Student Orientation, NIC’s Fall Student Orientation will look a bit different this year, but the goal of connecting with our students remains the same. We invite you take part in our virtual student Orientation for Fall 2020, which would be delivered in an online format through a webpage on the NIC website. You can find some key Orientation dates and information at:

This year the College has commemorated June as LGBTQ2S+ Pride Month by flying the Rainbow Flag at each campus. To celebrate #Pride2020, NIC’s Library and Learning Commons has put together an LGBTQ2S+ virtual resource guide for students, employees and the wider community. To access the resources visit

B.C.’s Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender is embarking on a virtual tour of the province and the Vancouver Island/Coast Region is coming up next month! An invitation is coming soon but until then Save this Date: Thursday, July 9, 2:30-4:30pm via Zoom. For information and registration please visit the website here:

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:

Strengthen Your Connections: The importance of integrating joy, spirit, and relaxation in your life has many implications in developing resiliency. The four C's to joy, spirit, and relaxation are: connect with yourself, connect with others, connect to your community, and create joy and satisfaction.

Connect with yourself:

  • Check in with yourself periodically, checking in with yourself allows you the opportunity to readjust what step of your action plan you are on or try different coping tools.
  • Making a list of accomplishments that you have achieved is a good resource to turn back to when you are feeling low.
  • Keeping a journal is a great way to learn about yourself. Being completely honest in your journal is important; in your journal, you should feel free to let your guard down.
  • Another method of connecting with yourself is to become an advocate and share your story. Sharing your own experiences through writing or talking is an important stage of recovery. Just as you are supported by reading the thoughts and experiences of others you can also be the person that helps lift another.

Connect with others: Spending time with positive, loving people you care about and trust can ease stress, help your mood and improve the way you feel overall. They may be family members, close friends, members of a support group or a peer counselor at the local drop-in center

Connect to Your Community: A great way to feel emotionally strong and resilient in times of stress is to feel connected to a broad community. Think about the things you like to do. You can expand your social network by looking into a community organization that brings people together who share the same interests. For instance, many communities have local biking, hiking, or walking groups

Create Joy and Satisfaction: Living with a mental health condition can be taxing emotionally, physically, and mentally. Experts have found that good feelings can boost your ability to deal with stress, solve problems, think flexibly, and even fight disease. Taking care of your body emotionally, physically, and mentally through creating joy and satisfaction is an important part of living with or without a mental health condition.

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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.

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!

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.

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin
Manager, Student Life

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Healthy Eating

20 minute - Sweet Paprika Chicken

Servings: 4

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to about 1/2 inch thickness
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • optional: fresh mango slices, lime wedges, fresh cilantro, rice


  1. Whisk together brown sugar, paprika, salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Use hands to rub the spice mix generously onto both sides of each chicken breast. 
  2. Preheat a large pan or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray. Add chicken breasts to pan and cook 4-5 minutes each side or until cooked through and juices run clear. Serve with steamed rice, mango slices, lime wedges and fresh cilantro if desired.

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