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VIU Student Pulse News: November 18

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 25, 2020 - 7:48pm

From tips on managing stress, to COVID policies and procedures, to  career fair and updated library hours, to supports to help you as we enter the busiest time of the semester, please take a moment to read this issue of the Student Pulse. As always, please reply to this email with any questions you have that aren’t answered here! We are happy to answer them.

Stress Management 101

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 13, 2020 - 1:29pm

A little bit of stress can be a good thing, increasing our alertness, improving performance and heightening our ability to focus. However, when stress levels increase beyond that optimal amount, our performance and ability to focus can be negatively impacted, and there are other physical and emotional impacts. With the uncertainty and ongoing anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the regular pressures of being a student, you may be experiencing elevated levels of stress.

Here are a few stress management 101 tips to help you maintain your focus and stay healthy:

Habits for Happiness

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on November 1, 2020 - 4:29pm

Being happy affects both your brain and your body in positive ways. Cultivating personal happiness is something you can do every day. There are many actions we can take to improve our mood, build our resilience and our sense of well-being.

Here are 7 practices toward living a happier life to try:

Elder-in-Residence Mentors Students Through Storytelling

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 27, 2020 - 12:28pm

Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal student mentorship program is celebrating its 10th anniversary in September 2021. In honour of this important milestone, we are sharing the stories of 12 people closely connected with the program – one per month – leading up to the anniversary.

The ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins program builds capacity for mentors to gain leadership and employability skills through outreach and mentoring activities. Students hone skills in self-awareness, communication, leadership, self-care and an exploration of personal values, with an emphasis on “telling one’s story” as a path to self-empowerment through outreach to others.

Job Hunting During COVID-19

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 17, 2020 - 10:56am

We are all aware that it isn’t business as usual these days and as BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This isn’t forever, it’s just for now.” So, although we don’t know how long we will be adapting through the pandemic, there are jobs that need to be done during this time and although it may be a bit more challenging to find good jobs, be resilient, adaptable and open. As non-essential businesses and services continue to re-open, more and more opportunities will emerge. Here are a few actions to take to help you work toward your employment goals.


Shining a Light

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 9, 2020 - 1:31pm

Wow, we’re now in October, which means we’re a few weeks into classes for many programs. What a September it has been! I imagine that for much of the VIU Community, if not all, this September has presented some new challenges and has involved some pretty major adjustments. The shift to this hybrid education model, with so much being online, has meant that we’ve all had to learn new things on top of our usual day-to-day requirements.

VIU Student Pulse News: October 7

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on October 7, 2020 - 4:50pm

As you may have read already, VIU will continue in the hybrid learning model for much of our programming this Spring term (beginning in January). This decision was made to support the safety of our community. Read more about it on our COVID-19 information and updates webpage and, as always, if you have a question that is not answered there, simply reply to this email.