NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Nov 2

Hello NIC students!

We hope you had a great and a bit spooky Halloween! We are pleased to present your weekly Student Life newsletter with information and updates. We are sharing some updated information, resources and upcoming events.

Student Life at Home

University transfer courses for the 14-week spring intersession (May – August 2021) are now available and open for registration.  Book an appointment online to talk with an educational advisor about your course planning. Be sure to then register yourself in those courses using Student Planning while there is still space available. To book with an educational advisor, please visit:

The Port Alberni Campus Library is hiring! There are two student positions available, with flexible hours that will accommodate your class schedule. For more information please login to Career Central:, and send your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your class schedule to

North Island College in collaboration with Camosun College, Royal Roads University, and Vancouver Island University have come together to bring you Beyond 2020 - Vancouver Island Career & Connections Fair.  This provides NIC Students with opportunity to meet with 100+ employers, industry partners, alumni and associations across all sectors about current and future work-integrated learning and career opportunities. There will be a keynote speaker and panel presentations on the shifting demand gaps in the new job market. Customize your profile, create connections, ask questions, and learn from industry leaders, helping you prepare for the future of work on Vancouver Island.  You can attend from anywhere, even a mobile device. Register now for November 19th, 2020 from 10:00-4:00 PM. Click here for more information. Download the Student Support Guidebook to get tips on how to use the virtual platform and complete your profile.

Student Life is organizing another Brave Space session on Gender-Based Violence on the first day of The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

i.e. November 25th from 12:00-1:30 PM PDT. More details will be shared in the next newsletter(s). In the meantime, please learn more about The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence at:

brave space is a place to come together to have healthy yet challenging dialogue around important issues facing students and global citizens today A brave space is a place for the respectful sharing of thoughts so we can all gain a better understanding of each other’s perspectives, encourage critical thinking, and to learn from each other.

Self-Care: Boost your Confidence!

Be your biggest cheerleader: Give yourself some time to reflect on why you believe you are worthy. Write down as many good things about yourself as you can think of, from thoughtful things you have done for others to characteristics you love about your personality.

Reward your self-belief with positive self-talk: Consciously choose to believe you are enough rather than accepting any thoughts which say you are not.

Practice going outside your comfort zone, a little bit at a time: Practice self-care after each step outside your comfort zone to encourage feelings of safety and security to help strengthen your confidence for the next step.

Use a simple mindfulness technique when you’re feeling overwhelmed: Try a breathing practice, go for a mindful walk, tune in to your senses (notice 5 things you can see, hear and feel), have a mindful cup of tea, or do meditation.

Keep a “confidence token”: Use confidence tokens and tools for example- a new dress to wear for a special event, a water bottle, a quote card, a necklace, or a perfume. These tools and tokens remind me to take a deep breath, think a positive affirmation and take a moment to feel grounded and supported.

Believe you are a confident person: Sometimes, it is not what we do that defines our confidence- it’s how we see ourselves. If you can start to see yourself as a more confident person, then the rest will follow. 

  • Rachael Kable (2015-2020)

To read the full article visit:

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.

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.
#WeAreNICe #Thrive #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 us your own healthy recipes to

Supports and Services

NIC Library is offering Citation Workshops on Tuesdays at 10:00 am and Wednesdays at 1:00 pm until end of November. These workshops will help you learn the basics of citing! Discuss formatting, creating a reference list and in-text citations. Bring along your questions! To register visit:

NIC Counsellors will be hosting one-hour weekly lunch sessions on Mondays, from 12:00-1:00 PM (PST) until November 23rd, focusing on study skills and helping our students to overcome some of the challenges associated with digital learning. To attend this session please use the link here:

Borrowing Books, Videos, and Laptops

Students can borrow books and videos from the Library in two ways.

  1. Search the collection and place holds on items you’d like to borrow
  2. Call your campus library. HERE’s the phone number

Library will contact you by email or phone to let you know when your items can be picked-up. Find out more HERE.

Laptops are available to borrow for 24 hours from the Campbell River, Comox Valley and Port Alberni campus libraries on a first-come, first-served basis. Laptops can be picked-up Monday through Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm by visiting your campus Library and presenting your student card or photo ID. Find out more HERE.

NIC educational, financial aid and Aboriginal education advisors are available for online drop-in sessions on Thursdays from 1-3pm PDT. For the online meeting link and directions on how to join these sessions,  email or for Aboriginal advising. Learn more at:

Our Student Technical Service team is hosting drop-in sessions to answer any questions on how to use Blackboard or MyNIC. Use your computer or mobile device to connect! Learn more at:

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/Disha Salhan
Student Life Team

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

Healthy Eating

5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

Servings: 3-4

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes


  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) uncooked pasta
  • 1/2 lb. (about 8 strips) uncooked bacon, diced
  • 1/2 lb. (8 oz.) fresh aspagarus, ends trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (or you can double this if you’d like)
  • 1/2 cup grated or flaked Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of generously-salted water al dente according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, add bacon to a medium saute pan. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until crispy. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add asparagus to the pan and saute in the bacon grease for about 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally, until cooked. Remove asparagus with a slotted spoon, and set aside with the bacon. Slowly add the white wine to the pan, and scape the bottom of the pan with a spoon to deglaze the pan and pick up all of those yummy brown bits. Continue cooking for 5 minutes, or until the wine has reduced by about half.
  3. When the pasta is cooked, drain it. Then add the pasta, asparagus, bacon and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese to the saute pan, and toss until combined. Sprinkle pasta with the remaining Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.
  4. *If the pasta seems too dry, add in 1/4 cup of the pasta water after adding in the asparagus and bacon and toss to combine.

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