Student Life Newsletter - December 6

Hello NIC Students,

Welcome to the first week of Fall exams! A reminder that there are many supports available to students. Not sure where to start and feeling overwhelmed? You can self-refer to Early Assist and a member of the Early Assist Team will connect with you to go over supports on-campus and in the community specific to your needs.

Looking for a quiet place to study? The library has a room that is just right for you. Book today.


  • Monday, Dec. 6 - National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.
  • Monday, Dec. 6 – Thursday, Dec. 16 - Fall Final Exams
  • Wednesday, Dec. 8 - Virtual Peer Drop-in session for new and returning students
  • Wednesday, Dec 15 - Virtual Peer Drop-in session for new and returning students
  • Wednesday, Dec. 22- Virtual Peer drop-in session for new and returning students
  • Monday, Dec. 27 – Monday, Jan. 3 - Winter Break - College Closed
  • Tuesday, Jan. 4 - First day of classes for some Trades Programs
  • Wednesday, Jan. 5 – Friday Jan. 7 - Winter 2022 Orientation


  • Exam Stress Busters. With the start of the exams comes stress and anxiety. This exam season, Student Life is back with our daily posts on Student Life Facebook and Instagram to remind students of some ways to reduce stress and anxiety during exams. Please remember, good physical, mental, and emotional health reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Winter Orientation 2022. To welcome our new and returning students in January 2022. We have launched the Winter 2022 Orientation page – check it out for more information about the winter orientation events and activities.
  • Virtual Peer Drop-in Sessions. Join the Peer Drop-ins on Dec. 8, 15, and 22 from 6:30-7:30 pm (PT). It is a great opportunity to meet other NIC students and to learn tips and tricks from fellow NIC students. To learn more, visit Winter 2022 Orientation page. To register, send an email to
  • Library & Learning Commons Workshops. Citation workshops continue throughout December! Learn how to form and incorporate your citations and build your bibliography. We’ll also cover formatting your paper in APA or MLA style. Register online here.
  • Living Library. Everyone has a story to tell! Have you had an unusual, exceptional, or relatable experience that you’re willing to share with other NIC community members in an informal and respectful setting? The NIC Living Library team is looking for NIC faculty, staff, and students who are willing to have open and honest conversations about a variety of topics and life experiences.

    Some examples of topics include:
    • Going back to school as a mature student
    • Studying / travelling overseas
    • Publishing a book or article
    • Overcoming any type of challenge
    • Any experience that was thrilling or chilling

What is the commitment for a living book?

A book will be “checked out” for 30 minutes at a time. The conversations will all take place over BlueJeans. We are asking for a commitment of two hours between Feb. 14-18, 2022. You can decide if you want to be available in the afternoon or evening and whether to offer a single two-hour block or to break it up over the week. There will also be a short orientation for all of the books a couple of weeks prior to the event.

If you’re interested in participating as a living book or would like to nominate someone, please fill out an Expression of Interest form by Dec. 31. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Evans (


  • NIC Library Book Bundles. Looking for some good reads over the holidays and not sure just what to pick up? Let us introduce you to some great new titles and authors!
    Simply complete this form telling us what types of books you are interested in and then library staff will select titles from the collection to suit your tastes. We will contact you when we have your books ready for you to pick up at the campus most convenient for you. Forms due before Dec. 10 and books will be due back by Jan. 10, 2022.
  • *NEW* Study Abroad Scholarships & Virtual Exchange Opportunities for NIC Students. NIC has successfully secured funding for study abroad scholarships totalling more than $500,000 to be distributed between 2021 and 2025. With these funds, there are opportunities for students and faculty to engage in study abroad experiences either through NIC Study Abroad Scholarship fund or through accessing funds provided via a consortium of five Canadian post-secondary institutions. Either way, students are encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities! Most eligible students can access around $5,000, but, in certain circumstances, students can access up to $10,000. These funds will prioritize encouraging students that traditionally have not engaged in outbound mobility to travel and learn abroad: Indigenous students, low-income students, or students with disabilities. These projects are funded by Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program. Check the Outgoing exchange webpage for more details.

    Interested in learning how you can participate? Contact NIC’s Office of Global Engagement at to find out how!
  • Accessibility Supports. Are you or someone you know wondering about what kind of accessibility supports are available for persons with disabilities in post-secondary education? Learn more about accessibility services, assistive technology, accessible educational resources and communication equity services by attending the free Community of Practice in Education (COPE) webinar series – Dec. 7, 8 and 9, 2021 from 10:30-11:30 am.

    To register for one or more of these sessions, please go to Accessible Education: A Shared Services Model Eventbrite Webpage.
    • Dec. 7: CAPER-BC - Centre for Accessible Post-Secondary Resources BC
    • Dec. 8: AT-BC - Assistive Technology BC
    • Dec. 9: ACE-BC - Academic Communication Equity BC


  • Christmas Market at Crown Isle. Wrap up your holiday shopping (or buy some treats for yourself) with the Christmas Market at Crown Isle on Dec. 12. Check out local artisans throughout the Clubhouse and shop for the holidays. To learn more and register for the event, visit
  • COVID-19 Vaccination. The BC Government is encouraging all who are eligible to register for their COVID vaccine as soon as possible, this includes both domestic and international students. Visit the government website for information on eligibility and the registration process.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions. You can view the latest public health orders here. Masks in public indoor settings are now mandatory – this includes NIC campus buildings.


  • NIC Bookstores. All NIC logo merchandise, as well as giftware in our campus stores, are 30% off while supplies last — just in time for holiday shopping! You can visit any campus store from 10 am–2 pm to check out the merchandise. Employees can also drop by the warehouse to see what is available. The sale will run until Dec 10 or until supplies last. Stationery items and art supplies are exempt.


  • Has an NIC instructor or staff member made a difference in your life as a student? Perhaps someone’s expertise, support or kindness has made all the difference to your success, or maybe just made you smile. If you would like to recognize the contribution of an instructor or staff member, fill out our recognition form. We will send the nominee a thank you on your behalf including your comment(s). Please note – you will remain anonymous.


  • Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook. Each week of the academic year comes with its own unique challenges. The Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook was designed to provide you with at least one exercise that has proven to be effective in increasing life satisfaction, happiness and resilience. Download the Student Weekly Workbook here.

 “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

 – Thomas A. Edison

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team

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