Pink Lemonade and Christ’s Love

I am reminded and I am convicted. What I’m doing this summer is just as valuable as the summer of someone’s else fabulous summer doing fabulous things. If I live this summer in love, my service remains because of that love. Dear readers, whether you are working in an orphanage or serving pink lemonade live your life through Christ’s love. It’s June already. I can’t believe that. A few weeks ago I just wrote about making the trek back home to Indiana. The summer is here. Summer days filled with work: rushing glasses of lemonade to customers and taking pizza … Continue reading

Intern Your Life Away

Last summer when I was looking for a job, my friend told me about an internship with NBC Universal. The internship was emailed to her by her old school and she read the description and noticed its media/Communications elements would match my Communications major and sent it to me. I love it because I thought it would match what I was studying perfectly, but had to put off applying because they required a Sophomore or above status during the time of the internship – I was just starting my Freshman year. Less than a year later, I was talking with … Continue reading

Dear Freshmen: May You Ask

A world without questions… I’m sitting at my kitchen counter thinking about that, “What would a world look like without questions?” The answer slowly overcomes me. Without questions there are no answers. Friends, Whether you’ve been enrolled at Nyack for five semesters or are reading this blog because you’re nervous/thrilled/excited about being a freshman this Fall, I offer you this: ask questions. I don’t offer you this so you can neatly fold it into your pocket, like a napkin from yesterday’s lunch. I offer you this thought in order that you may indeed begin to ask questions. I implore you … Continue reading

4 Summer Tips to Stay in Tune with God

For many students, Nyack is one of the few places where they can immerse themselves in all things Christ-like. Other places might be their church or Bible studies. Sometimes work and home environments are not conducive to feeding your Spirit the right things and you can subsequently get out of tune with God. Because of this, spending 4 months away from a school that has an environment that is conducive to staying in tune with God might be a challenge for some students. So to help ease that struggle this summer, here are a few ways to keep your Spirit appropriately … Continue reading

The Class I Didn’t Want to Take

I’m going to be a little honest here.  There was a class I really didn’t want to take. I know what you’re thinking, don’t we all have classes like that? Well, this class I extra didn’t want to take. I remember finding out about this class. It was a game changer. What happened was our department used to require us to take a two-credit freshman seminar on Education. However, the requirements changed and those two credits were moved to a two-semester seminar during junior year. I groaned, probably out loud. One extra credit may not sound like a big deal, … Continue reading

How to Make the Most Out of Your College Years

After a year on campus, I have learned from friends and upperclassmen what has made the greatest impact on the college experience. Here are tips that will help you make endless memories and enjoy these four years of your life. Live on Campus When you live on campus, the proximity to campus events, other students, and local activities means you will be more likely to be involved in your school and make friends more easily. Living in the dorms will help you create community on campus with other students who are both similar to and different from you. Study Abroad … Continue reading

NYC Nyackers Go Global during the Summer

It’s no secret that due to its long history of international immigration, New York City is home to hundreds of nationalities. Many people of these nationalities have found their way to Nyack College. Dominican Republic, China, Jamaica, Guyana, Mexico, Ecuador, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago (yay!), the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and Nigeria are the countries that are represented in this school that I can think of off the top of my head. Of course there are many more. It’s like a mini United Nations. All these countries coming together under one roof to earn a faith-based higher education … Continue reading

The Trek Back Home


Finals finished. I cannot explain how tired we all were. There’s something about the end of the semester, not only are you probably deprived of sleep, but you’re probably at a point of deep weariness in both body and spirit. I was at that point. I had a couple days before I went home. I didn’t realize how much I needed those days. I found a Bollywood movie on Netflix and re-watched part of a favorite independent film. I found myself wandering around the park with friends, reading for leisure, journaling to make sense of my thoughts, and beginning to … Continue reading

5 Ways to Not Miss School Over the Summer

*in my best Adele voice* This is the end… hold your breath and count to ten… Well, no need to hold your breath and no need to count to anything because the end is here. After a solid two weeks of bunking down in the library or locking ourselves in our rooms to study our little hearts out, the semester is finished. We made it through the last 4 months, and some even made it through their final 4 months. (Congratulations to the Class of 2016!) As happy as I am that the pressure of deadlines and schoolwork is no … Continue reading

A Graduate Student Speaks about His Master Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

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As delivered at the Nyack College 2016 Commencement Brunch by Josue Miguel Calderon Gavilenez: President Scales, members of the Board of Trustees, esteemed faculty and staff, honored guests, and fellow graduates, Good morning! I am humbled and feel honored to have the opportunity to share a portion of my experience as a student at Nyack College and Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC). Thank you, Dr. Scales, for inviting me to speak today. It’s hard to believe that this journey began over seven years ago in the fall of 2009. I was a nervous 17-year-old seeking to pursue a bachelor’s degree … Continue reading

The Four People who Helped Me Become Valedictorian

One of Nyack College’s 2016 valedictorians, Tehillah Eskelund is graduating with a B.A. in Psychology. She grew up in Centerville, MA, where she loves to frolic on the beach in a sundress, sit in trees and read books (yes, she is nerdy and proud of it), and go on impromptu adventures with friends. Here’s what Tehillah had to say when I asked her who helped her reach the incredible accomplishment of valedictorian! Tehillah: Two of the people who helped me become valedictorian were my mom and dad. My mom always pushed me to do my best, even when it hurt, … Continue reading

Great Internships for Nyack College Students

As you get to your junior and senior year, internships are something that should be on your mind. Even if your department doesn’t require it, internships can be a great opportunity for you to get hands on experience in the field you want to go into, apply what you learn in the classroom to the real world, and figure out where you might want to end up after college. In addition, internships are great ways to get you foot in the door somewhere you might want to get a job in the future. You can get internships in all different … Continue reading

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