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Catching Enough Z’s

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on April 11, 2021 - 11:27am

Sleep is important for your physical and emotional health. Sleep can help you stay healthy by keeping your immune system strong, improve your mood and make you feel less stressed. We all have trouble sleeping sometimes and this can be for many reasons. Below are some tips and tricks to help you get the rest you need.

Creating a Network of Supports for Success

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on February 12, 2021 - 10:50am

Did you know that Vancouver Island University is one of four post-secondary institutions across Canada partnering on an educational initiative for Indigenous youth called EleV? This program, supported by the Mastercard Foundation and co-created with our Indigenous partners, aims to boost success by providing scholarships and wrap-around supports and removing barriers to accessing education.

Embracing new opportunities with the Community Cousins Program: Cassidy Caron

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 29, 2021 - 4:59pm

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.

Voices – Reflections on Summer

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on January 16, 2021 - 9:27am

Every summer, students in Vancouver Island University’s ‘su’luqw’a’ Community Cousins Aboriginal mentorship program organize free summer camps for Indigenous youth. Called Thuy’she’num Tu Smun’eem: Building a Foundation for our Youth, these camps aim to encourage Indigenous youth to consider post-secondary by giving them that important first introduction to university life and showcasing the supports VIU offers all students.

From Community Cousin to Canada’s Highest Court: Rebecca Olivia Watmough

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 21, 2020 - 4:38pm

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.

Seven steps to writing a university research paper

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on December 20, 2020 - 11:26am

One of the cornerstones of the university experience is learning how to write a research paper – a written document that organizes and analyzes information you have collected to answer a question of yours or your professor’s choosing. A university research paper is a bit different from your typical high school essay, so we asked John Hill, Coordinator of VIU’s Writing Centre, who has helped thousands of students learn how to write research papers, to break it down into steps.

 

Setting Up Your Study Space for Success

Submitted by Rachel Stern on November 26, 2020 - 1:28pm

During the COVID-19 pandemic, homes have begun to serve as multi-purpose areas—especially for students. Our living settings have quickly morphed into other forms of essential spaces like gyms, libraries, and offices. This has given us the opportunity to re-evaluate our living environments. The field of environmental psychology gives us insight into optimizing our homes to meet our needs.

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: