NIC @ Home Student Newsletter - Oct 19

Hello NIC students!

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

NIC Counsellors will be hosting one-hour weekly lunch sessions starting Monday, October 19th from 12:00-1:00 PM (PST), 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:

Our Campus Life Assistants aka CLAs (Student Positions) are hosting second Virtual Hangout Session for Fall 2020 on Tuesday, October 20th, 12:00-1:00 PM (PDT). This is an opportunity for all students to connect with other fellow students outside their classroom. The conversation topic is Online College and Stress Managing Practices. To register for the session please visit:

Registration ends: Oct 20, 2020 11:00 AM.

Updated Registration Link: Student Life is offering a free workshop on October 21st from 12:00-1:30PM PST - STRENGTH BASED LEADERSHIP: LEARNING TO LEAD FROM WELL-BEING. Join Taryn Goodwin, CEO of Reframe Leadership Development, to learn about responsive communication, SMART goals, maintaining priorities, self-advocacy and more! To Register visit:

Registration ends October 20, 2020 11:59 PM.

North Island Students’ Union announces Zoom yoga classes, for the NIC Campus Community. Beginning Friday October 23, 12 - 1, all bodies are welcome to take a break and stretch it out, from the comfort of your own home, or wherever your studies have you. Please email to register to receive the Zoom link. 

Your Students’ Union wants you to take the pledge to vote in the upcoming provincial election, visit to learn more, check out North Island Students’ Union social media and be entered to win a prize pack, after you pledge. Let your voice be heard. 

Student Life invites you to take part in the NIC Halloween Photo contest 2020. All you have to do is send us a picture of your Halloween costume by Friday, October 30th to and you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a prize! We will share your picture on our social media page. You can also send pictures of your kids and furry babies.

Printing is now available at the Library and Computer Labs!

The Library & Learning Commons’ printers are available for printing and scanning during opening hours Monday to Friday 8:00am – 12:00pm and CV and CR computer labs from 12:00pm -4:00pm.

Printing is $0.10 for black and white printing and $0.20 for colour. Scanning is free.

Access to the printer is available by booking a computer space online or phoning your campus Library & Learning Commons.

For more information about your printing account visit Student Tech Services.

 Self-Care: Tips to manage your anxiety during crisis.

“You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.” ~Dan Millman

“Keep a routine: A routine can be the difference between spiralling and getting up and getting on with it, in the best way. Sticking to a routine means when things get hard, your muscle memory can kick in and take over. This means getting up at a regular time, maintaining standard working hours (even in times of unemployment), setting aside time to meditate and run at a regular schedule. When it’s really tough, you can go one step further and list your tasks even if it’s “watch something new on Netflix” and “go to bed at a reasonable time.” Seeing things crossed off the list isn’t just satisfying, it’s also a great way to keep track of the fact that things are getting done as time passes.

Write things down: Exploring freely on paper is often the best way to churn out things deep within your psyche that you’d not thought yet. It allows to express yourself as often as you need to, without boring anyone with the same repetitive thoughts, and often allows you to understand the things you are thinking that are linked to the emotions you are feeling.

Remember to stay in touch: We tend to assume that we all know how each other is feeling, but sharing it still helps. Do not assume, go a step further and check in on people, even people who might not expect you to do so. It’s always nice to know someone is thinking of you, and reacquainting yourself with an old friend, or getting to know a new one better, can often be a spark that leads to great positivity.

Talk to a mental health professional: Sleeping, exercising, and drinking enough water is something that is very important but also something we ignore very easily. Keep your basic needs in check for a healthy mind and if you are struggling it is best to talk with a health professional.

Know your triggers: As you get to know yourself and your thoughts better, you would know some things and thoughts risk setting you off more. Make a note of these thoughts or triggers and learn new ways to respond to these triggers.

Keep laughing: Do not feel guilty for wanting to laugh and being able to find humor in tough moments. Do not lose your sense of humor.”

                                                                        -By Anthony Jeannot, 2019.

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

Campus Services and Spaces are operating with reduced hours or different delivery methods during the pandemic. Study spaces, computer labs and services are available at NIC this fall. To learn more about hours and services visit:

Computer Bookings/Study Spaces 

Computer and Study spaces are available at the Library & Learning Commons each morning from 8:00am - 12:00pm, and in computer labs on the CV and CR campuses from 12:00pm – 4:00pm. Click HERE to book your spot.

Borrowing Books & Videos

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

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

Borrowing Laptops

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.

The NIC bookstores at all three campuses (CV, CR, and PA) will be open between 10:00 – 2:00 Monday to Friday. This is of course dependent on the most current Public Health Officer recommendations. Any changes to this will be posted on the student portal and website when available. Textbook information for Fall is being regularly added - please continue to check the NIC Book Search for updates.

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:

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

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

Easy Tuna Casserole

Servings: 8

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 3 cups cooked macaroni
  • 1 (5 ounce) can tuna, drained
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ cups French fried onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, combine the macaroni, tuna, and soup. Mix well, and then top with cheese.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Sprinkle with fried onions and bake for another 5 minutes. Serve hot.

More recipes at: AllRecipes