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Tips for managing procrastination

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 15, 2022 - 8:56pm

When it comes to leaving things to the last minute, you would be hard-pressed to find a person that doesn’t struggle with this. Procrastination is an issue we all face, whether it is assignments, applications or errands you are putting off … so what do we do about it?

Hi! My name is Tasha, and I am one of the counsellors/advisors at the Cowichan campus. Pleased to meet a fellow procrastinator! :)

Time Management 101

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 8, 2022 - 8:24pm

In the transition back to in-person learning, many VIU students have expressed that they feel as if they have significantly less time for their commitments and often struggle to manage their time. What exactly is time management? It is the ability to use time effectively and it is considered a skill, so it can be learned and strengthened!

Preparing for West Coast weather scenarios

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 8, 2022 - 5:49pm

Winter weather has arrived on Vancouver Island. As you may have already noticed, Island weather can be unpredictable. On the West Coast, sometimes fondly referred to as the “wet coast,” weather patterns like high winds, heavy rain, thunderstorms or snowstorms can happen in any season and without warning. Extreme weather can result in power outages and campus closures.

VIU Student Pulse News: October 26, 2022

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 26, 2022 - 8:46pm

Fall has finally arrived on Vancouver Island. Yes, this means rain, but it also means Halloween, and there’s a lot going on at VIU. Read on to join in all the spooky fun!
Also in this issue: new resources you should check out in the library, scholarship deadline reminders and ways to participate in WorldVIU Days, happening October 31 to November 4.

Harnessing the power of the poop loop

Submitted by Rachel Stern on October 20, 2022 - 9:31am

Jenni [pronounced Yenni] Ottilie Keppler says she’s always felt a “personal calling towards the west coast of North America,” and a desire to conduct research in a UNESCO biosphere region.

When she discovered that Vancouver Island University (VIU) had a research institute focusing on projects within the UNESCO-designated Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region (MABR) she reached out to see if she could do a practical research semester.

A special gift to recognize a big accomplishment

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 19, 2022 - 11:28am

Graduating from university is a big accomplishment.

To help graduating students in the Tuition Waiver Program (TWP) for former youth in care mark this momentous achievement, VIU’s Financial Aid and Awards department, in collaboration with many generous community donors, created a graduate gift box program. Of the 33 Tuition Waiver Program students who graduated in June 2022, 21 signed up to receive a box filled with items to help them celebrate. 

How to build your skills outside of the classroom

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 19, 2022 - 7:07am

With the fall semester in full swing, there will be many opportunities to get involved on campus, meet new people and learn a host of new skills. Finding or navigating all these valuable opportunities can be overwhelming.

This guide will help you to streamline your search and zero in on the competencies you’d like to focus on, no matter which program area you’re from, what year you are in or what your interests are!