Humans of Nipissing U- Sarah McGowan

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Humans of Nipissing U- Sarah McGowan

What is something you’ve learned about yourself in the past year?

“I would have to say probably self-care is more important than I thought, and to take the advice that you give to others. I think that that’s really important because it’s one thing to tell people to look after themselves and be there for them, but when you’re by yourself at the end of the day and you’re stressed out to the max, you kind of go “I need to kind of take that” like my own advice sort of thing, and I think that’s important. Sort of realize that the way that society has constructed these expectations for post-secondary education students, I think it places a lot of stress and anxiety on students and I think it really harms their creativity and harms like where they would be or go in life… and I’m not saying university is bad at all but it just… I can definitely see where students have a lot more put on them than maybe like 20 years ago. And so I think it’s important to kind of take a step back and see like what you want, because at the end of the day, it’s you working at a job or you running after a career and not your parents or a significant other or something. So I think that’s probably important. And I’ve learned a lot… for myself, I’ve learned a lot from other people’s mistakes this year, but I’ve also learned a tremendous amount from my own mistakes and I think it’s important to kind of go back and look at it and say like “What did I get from this?” instead of just saying “I regret it”. I think that it’s good to go through bad experiences because it makes you grow as a person. I think that’s what I’ve learned this year. That and how to self-care.”

Sarah McGowan

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Humans Of Nipissing U- Emily Brown

“What generally makes me happy? Uhm kind of just hanging out with friends. Like I don’t feel the need that like we have to talk all the time, like we can just sit in comfortable silence and like… That really, really works. That makes me happy. Yeah! Seriously like the little things like the book store… little things like that.”

Emily Brown

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Where did you learn the most about yourself?

While I was putting dry dishes away, this question came into my mind. I was thinking about the skills I’ve learned in my previous jobs and thought about where I discovered new things about myself the most. My first answer was here, at a university far from home. But it wasn’t necessarily the distance between here and home that made me more independent. It was the belief and goal that I had to create to discover myself, for this chapter of my life is crucial to establishing who I wanted to become.

And though at times I may still be distant to who I want to be and what I want to do, my thoughts always circle around to the pronounced difference of who I was in high school in comparison to who I am now. I have told myself this before, and I will continue to do so for a long time:

I have grown. I have grown in ways I never knew I would. University has given me a reason to go beyond my boundaries and say goodbye to the limitations I set for myself. And I want to continue to reflect about myself. I’ve acknowledged I’ve changed into a person I never thought I could be – a good change; those around me can see it too. And that’s what I strive for every day. To become a better person and to constantly look for inspiration around me to guide myself towards that direction.

I do not want to find comfort in this knowledge I have of myself that I have matured tremendously. For accepting this observation of myself means rejecting my potential. I have yet to find my own potential, and what sets me apart from others. And the only way to do so is to try and do something beyond what I believe I can achieve.

I may not succeed, but for me, there is an abundant amount of joy that accompanies the action of trying.

So thank you, university, for being a place of discoveries. Though I will give my farewell to you soon, I will never forget the beloved people I have met, whom you’ve taken care of under your roof.

And thank you to myself, for your constant reminder of the strive towards improvement and growth.

Mikee Layaoen is a fourth year student in the Psychology program minoring in Human Resources.

Humans of Nipissing U- Adele Orr

“Oh, I’m a hard core fan [of Harry Potter]. Absolutely. [My favourite was] uh, number six. Yeah number six. Unpopular opinion but I think number six was the best one [of the series]. I don’t know, there’s just something about it! It’s got… In my opinion it’s got the most action. People will fight that, but uh, it’s, I don’t know I just really like the book! A lot happens. A lot is revealed in that book. There’s a lot of mystery in that one, a lot of weirdness. Things that you didn’t expect to happen then all of a sudden… You see kind of a darker side to some good characters that you’ve been taught to, not worship but like adore. And then you see a lighter side to some dark characters… It’s my favourite in the series.”

Adele Orr


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Humans of NipissingU- Sayyadah Merali

“There’s one thing I learned last month. I try to make every month a lesson, you know like January, February, March… So last month I learned that don’t expect anything from anyone. If you give someone something, do it with all your heart. For example, I gave someone a gift and the person didn’t say thank you to me. So I told my fiancé that this person didn’t say thank you to me. And he was like, “If you give a person a gift, do it with all your heart. You don’t need to expect to get a thank you from them.” And I was like, that is so true. We often do things and expect them to say something back. Or [for example] if you hold the door for someone, you expect them to say thank you, but if you do it with all your heart, you just wouldn’t care if they said thank you or not. Do it with all your heart as long as it makes you happy, right? So I thought that was an important lesson to learn. Whenever you do something for someone, you always expect them to say something nice or [receive] something in return. It’s not business, it’s kindness.”

Sayyadah Merali

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Humans of Nipissing U- Claire & Meghan

“I have two pet ducks. They don’t run away, we have a little pet-duck house for them. Their names are Peter and Susan.”

“It’s weird I want to get into paediatrics because I do not like children. It’s like I don’t want children, but I love taking care of them. But I do not like babysitting, does that make sense? Like I love caring for the little ones but not in a babysitting sense.”

Claire Rocher and Meghan Brackenridge

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Humans of Nipissing U- James

“Namibia [is my favourite country]. I was there to help them get their independence when they broke away from South Africa, so they wanted to have elections. They’ve never had elections before. So, free and fair elections. They set up their government in the same style like the British or Canada’s type of government, where they have a Parliamentary system and oppositions and everything – [they] never had [that] before. You had to go out and collect these people from the middle of nowhere, from way up at the Etosha Pan, the north end of the country or in the southern end of the country. Go to the remote areas and bringing them in so they can literally – they didn’t even have to sign their name – give them a fingerprint or something or say their name, just so they could vote. But, yeah for sure, that country has so much going for it when it comes to prosperity and stuff in the future. If you look it up, I mean they have a desert, they have beaches, they have gold mines, they have diamond mines. They have all these things in this country. It’s such a nation that has been there forever, but used to be called Southwest Africa and they were owned by South Africa. When they broke away, they became their own country. They’re 26 or 27 years old now, you know. 1989. They’re in their infancy when it comes to that. So if you were there to watch the development or the start up or be a part of that, I think that, what else can you ask for, you know what I mean? To be a part of a country that is just starting out. That was the good part of it. And the people are super kind, they’re like so nice. Really good country. I like it.”

James
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Humans of Nipissing U- Cass Battiston

“Over Christmas break, I went to a party with my friends at home and this guy started talking to me. And I started talking about school to him and later that night, my friend pulled me aside and she was like, ‘You realize that guy was hitting on you and you literally just talked to him about your thesis.’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, so?’. She’s like, ‘Cass, you’re not gonna get a boyfriend like that.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t want a boyfriend!’ So that’s my life. School. [chuckles]. Karl Marx is my boyfriend.”

Cass Battiston

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Humans of Nipissing U- Maniza Khan

“Challenge yourself. Do something that you’re scared of. It’s so over-said and everything, but it works. If you don’t put yourself out there, if you don’t do something that scares you, once at least, you’re not going to change. You’re going to come back the same person. If you want that, that’s cool. But if you go to a different country, you want something exciting.”

Maniza Khan


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