How to Prepare for Last Semester as an Education Major

I’m writing this blog towards the end of summer and right before my last semester as an education major. The heat is wilting our town, and the blessings of air-conditioning are being praised. These last few weeks are when we begin to shift our focus for returning to school. Whether you are an incoming freshman or a graduating senior, we’re all beginning to make plans for when we return. Depending on what your major is, you may need to begin planning some specific things now. I’m an Education Major going into my final semester of the program. This semester I’ll … Continue reading

A Diverse Friendship


I grew up in Indiana, rural Indiana. It’s the kind of place where people settle, have kids, and before you know it there are four generations tilling vast stretches of corn, beans, and a melon patch. People live close to the earth and close to family here. Growing up, there wasn’t a lot of diversity in my town, only because that was simply the makeup of the place. There were a few immigrants from South American countries, but in high school I only had one Latino friend. Now there are immigrants from Burma, Thailand, India, and other places who have … Continue reading

Things To Do in New York City over the Summer Part 3


In part 3 of our list of fun things to do in New York City over Summer break, we’re talking about cultural institutions and the like. The amount of cultural institutions in New York is endless and museums are a big part of it. Some of the more popular ones are: the Metropolitan Museum of Art (a.k.a. the Met. Heard of it?), the Museum of Jewish Heritage, The Cloisters (a branch of the Met), the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Paley Center for Media, Parsons The New School for Design Gallery, and the American Museum of … Continue reading

Things to Do in New York City over the Summer Part 2: Eating

In honor of summer and the endless amount of things both Rockland and New York City campus students can do to ring in the season, I decided to do a series on fun ways to spend your summer break in New York. Part 1 explored the beaches in New York and the second point on our New York City Summer list is… drumroll please… food! In part 1 of this series, I mentioned how Long Beach has a superb collection of food trucks affectionately named Shoregasboard – a name derived from smoregasbord. A smoregasbord is a buffet style meal with … Continue reading

20 Ways to Be Grateful in All Things


Friends, In the last blog, I wrote to you in a confessional sort of way. I shared that one of our generation’s specific struggles seems to be that we tend to wander into a lifestyle of complaint. In my last blog, I shared an instance where conviction made me realize that I was struggling too. But… It’s not enough to write down a catalog of our problems. It’s not enough to talk, to comment, shut our computers down, and walk away. We must do something– We must be something different. Father, make us something different. I’ve been thinking during the … Continue reading

How Easy to Sink into Complaint


It’s the mystery of waking up each morning. It’s your elbows deep in dish suds, the swish of the broom across a dirty floor, the groaning of sunrise hours. It’s the wonder of lessons we learn in the most unlikely of places. I believe we are called to learn even through the mundane, through the times when we would rather be doing something else. And yet? This idea can sound more romantic than practical. It’s easier to drag ourselves to the air-conditioning of our home and complain about the this and that of our day. It’s easier to sink into … Continue reading

Things to Do in New York City over the Summer Part 1


As many of you are probably aware, in addition to its Rockland campus located in upstate New York, Nyack College has a New York City location in lower Manhattan. The Manhattan site is a commuter campus, so most of the students that attend it live in the New York City area. However, a lot of Rockland students are from the New York City area as well. Now that school is out they are back, and both Rockland and New York City students have the opportunity to enjoy all the city has to offer this summer. Besides, we live in one … Continue reading

We Change and We Learn

what you learn freshman year

Freshman year for me, and most college freshmen, was about experiences. Everything was new, but eventually the excitement faded away and routine settled in. As soon as I left for the summer, I began to miss the routine – my friends, classes, and the many faces I had seen everyday around campus. When I returned home, I realized how quiet the world can actually be. I remember laughing when my voice echoed when I called my dog’s name in my backyard. I would have never thought twice about it before. I can honestly say that today I thought of the … Continue reading

How to Survive Your 8 a.m. Class

As someone who is not a morning person, I understand your struggle. I know that you study, work, stay up late, and try to keep a social life intact. It is difficult, and yes, it is an endless cycle. Sleep inevitably, at one point or the other, falls by the wayside. I had my first 8 a.m. class last semester. Despite having days when it was indeed a struggle, I eventually began to enjoy having a class in the morning. It gave me an early start to my day. It helped me make the most out of my time, especially … Continue reading

How to Choose the Best Summer Reading List

We’re at the point in the summer when you may need a change of pace. Whatever your summer plans are they’re probably set, and you’re either trudging through them, sleeping through them, or running wild through them. I don’t know where you are, but reading during the summer months has been a source of strength–and often needed conviction for me, depending on what I’m reading. It’s one of the best rituals of the summer to finish school, visit the public library, and bring home a stack of books.Sometimes, though, you have a problem. You get lost in having too many … Continue reading

10 Reasons You Should Check Out the Education Program at Nyack

I wanted to make a list for you guys this week. Lists such as“Five Steps For Fantastic Eyebrows” or “Six Steps for Speed Reading War and Peace” are all over the internet, but today I wanted to share one of my lists with you: 10 Reasons You Should Check Out the Education Program at Nyack College #1 The Professors, the Professors, the Professors They’re amazing people. They want you to succeed, and will remember your name. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to drop off a form or something at one of their offices, and they ended up … Continue reading

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

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