Student Newsletter - January 31

Hello NIC students,

February is Thrive Month at NIC!! The goal of Thrive is to bring students, faculty, and staff together to do something fun, healthy and encourage positive physical and mental health. We invite you to join us in various activities planned for the month of February. Check out the Thriving in Action Weekly Workbook with weekly exercises to help manage challenges and cultivate your wellbeing. If you need to talk to someone, please remember we have a wonderful team of Clinical Counsellors to support your mental health. You can book appointments for virtual, phone, or in-person sessions with NIC Counsellors.


  • Monday, Jan. 31 – Last day to opt-out of NISU Health and Dental Benefits for Winter Term
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 – Thrive Month Launch
  • Tuesday, Feb. 1 – Active Bystander Intervention Workshop
  • Friday, Feb. 11 - Last day to register in ABE continuous entry/exit
  • Friday, Feb. 11 - Last day to register for flexible distance courses
  • Monday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 18 – Living Library


  • Active Bystander Intervention Workshop. On Feb. 1, 1-3 pm, this workshop over Zoom is open to all students, this free workshop demonstrates the knowledge and skills needed to safely and effectively recognize and intervene in an incident of sexual violence. To register, email Please note that registration closes at 4 pm on January 30, but late registration may be possible depending on ‘seat’ availability.
  • Living Library. Between Feb. 14-18, you can reserve a living book. Have you ever wondered what makes someone thrive or what hurdles they had to overcome to arrive at NIC? As part of Thrive Month, hear the untold stories of NIC students, staff, and faculty through 30-minute one-on-one discussions. Discover how one person set up a school in a barge on a river in Thailand, uncover the mysteries of perusing your PhD, travel down the Amalfi coast, and hear directly from the president just how much you can plan for when you are steering the ship. Reserve your book today! Visit the living book catalogue.


  • Student Leadership Team. NIC’s Student Leadership Team supports and develops skills in emerging leaders in a fun, dynamic and engaging way. The student leaders explore many aspects of leadership, acknowledging that everything we do has impacts locally and globally. Student leaders take part in leadership workshops and retreats, network with the community, help with college events and gain volunteer hours. Learn more about the NIC Student Leadership Team by emailing


  • Library & Learning Commons. Come visit the LLC this semester for a quiet place to work, to access academic supports, or to just sit back and take a break. At the LLC you can:

  • LLC Spotlight: Campbell River. Drop by the Campbell River LLC this semester and walk into the newly designed space, open from 8 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Group rooms are open into the evening hours, accessible from the student commons. Looking to take a break? We’re now lending magazines, puzzles and meditation kits.

  • Academic Supports at LLC. Reach your goals this semester with help from our outstanding academic supports—available both in-person and online!

    • Research Support Learn to build effective search strategies, choose and evaluate resources, cite and avoid plagiarism.
    • Writing Support Work one-on-one with NIC faculty to develop your writing skills and receive feedback on your writing assignments.
    • Math Support Spend time working on all levels of math problems with support from NIC math faculty.
    • Peer Tutoring Discover new approaches to studying and writing learning from highly trained NIC peer tutors.
    • Student Technical Services Helping students understand and utilize technologies to support their studies.
    • Workshops. Register in a variety of workshops to improve your research, writing, math, and tech skills.
  • Learn Anywhere. NIC’s Learn Anywhere website is geared to provide a collection of information that will help you to be a successful digital learner by covering topics such as: What is digital learning? and How can I use NIC-supported technologies during your studies? Students can also access a list of key skills and knowledge all students should have for successful learning in today’s world, knowing your rights and responsibilities and Technology Readiness Checklists.
  • Emergency Assistance Funds - Sometimes emergencies happen that are outside of a student’s control or the best advance planning.  NIC may be able to assist with financial support in the form of a bursary to help with emergencies.  This funding does not need to be paid back and may be available to assist with books, transportation, childcare, supplies, groceries, and other essentials.   Contact a financial aid advisor to find out more.  Book online here.


  • Youth Advisory Council (YAC). The Ministry of Children and Family Development formed YAC in September 2015 to hear the insights of current or former youth in care between the ages of 17 and 29. The beginning of our 2022-2023 YAC term is approaching and are looking for new members to join the council. Council members provide consultation and advice on a range of policies, practice shifts, and initiatives for both internal and external partners and stakeholders. With the pandemic, the YAC has shifted to be a completely virtual team, and we conduct all our meetings and consultations online.

    If you are interested to join the council or know someone who would be, please visit for more information. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 7, 2022. Please e-mail if you have any questions.
  • 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.


Watch Carol Dweck’sTEDtalk on Growth Mindset:

 “Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth.”

 – Bryant H. McGill

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Enjoy your week and stay well!

Student Life Team


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