NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - May 19

Hello NIC students!

I hope you are adjusting well to your new online class schedules. I am pleased to present your weekly Student Life update.

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

Office of Student Life has started a **Brand New** Facebook Group called “NIC Student Life” to stay connected with NIC students. We encourage you to join the group to stay updated, connected and share your views on your needs. Go to NIC Facebook page and click on “Groups”.

Are you a book lover and look forward to new books coming out? Here is a list from CBC of new books that have or are coming out this month. Check out the link here:

One of our nursing students, Julie Kitchener has shared her research work on “What are the Barriers to Self Care in Nursing students?” You can watch/listen to her presentation at the link:

Have you done any research, work, project 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.

A reminder that NIC's Office of Global Engagement has weekly challenges. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Virtual Student Coffee Hang-out Session

Join me (Dean - Manager, Student Life) for our second casual hangout session on BlueJeans on Thursday, May 21 at 3:00pm!

This is your chance to hang-out with fellow NIC students and to ask me any questions you may have. Grab a coffee or tea and join us for some casual conversation!

#IamNIC #NICatHome

Self-Care Tips

Emotional Health

Emotions and health are closely connected. Those who are chronically ill or in stressful jobs should pay greater attention to their emotional health and thereby learn to manage stress. Our emotions have a great effect on health. Body functions are disrupted, and immunity is reduced if one is frequently in a bad mood or angry, under stress or easily upset. Emotions are also related to health behaviours such as overeating, drinking, smoking, and drug abuse.

Fostering good emotions, dealing with negative emotions, and making it a habit can be achieved by:

  • Spending time with family members in fun activities.
  • Strengthening good relationships among family members and with neighbours.
  • Disciplining children to be responsible persons and to be respectful towards elders.
  • Practicing what one preaches. This helps is becoming a good role model for children.
  • Participation in community activities.
  • Indulging in relaxation activities such as hobbies, meditation, listening to music, etc.
  • Developing a positive worldview.
  • Discussing and solving problems in a positive and constructive manner.
  • It is important to get adequate rest to let stress subside. Everyone must rest at the end of a day, get some time for leisure activities, to refresh, reenergize and prepare for the next day.
  • Doing fun things that we enjoy in our leisure time compensates us for the stress we experience in our daily lives, bringing some balance back into life.

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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.

Student Employment Services

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

Canada Emergency Student Loan Benefit

The Canadian government announced that The Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) will officially be launched on May 15. The CESB provides financial support to post-secondary students, and recent post-secondary and high school graduates who are unable to find work due to COVID-19. More information can be found here.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has translated 10 questions and answers about CERB into multiple languages so that international students and others can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with.

In addition to this, the Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources relating to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.

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. Tips focus on the technology you will need, how to be successful, accessing student services and knowing your rights and responsibilities. Visit the link to know more:

Enjoy your week and stay well,

Dean Martin
Manager, Student Life

If you wish to respond or have any questions, please click here.


Healthy Eating

4-Ingredient Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Serving: 6

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 35 minutes


  1. 2 cups 12 ounces diced or shredded cooked chicken (such as rotisserie chicken meat)
  2. 1 ½ cups enchilada sauce
  3. 1 cup reduced-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese
  4. 8 6-inch corn tortillas

(Optional garnish: sour cream sliced green onion, sliced olives, diced avocado or guacamole)


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C). Spray a 2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together chicken, half of the enchilada sauce (about ¾ cup) and half of the cheese (about ½ cup).
  3. Place 4 of the tortillas in the bottom of the prepared dish, tearing them as necessary to cover the bottom (overlapping is fine).
  4. Top with half of the chicken mixture and drizzle with ¼ cup of enchilada sauce. Repeat layers one more time.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, sprinkle with remaining ½ cup of cheese, and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes (until cheese melted and casserole is hot and bubbly).
  6. Garnish with optional toppings!

Notes: You can store leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days or store in the freezer in suitable containers for up to 3 months.

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