10 Must-Know Tips for Air Travel

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I recently took a trip to California and did a significant amount of the travel myself. Sitting in the airport, I thought of all the things I had learned from traveling often. If you find yourself needing to fly in the near future, here are 10 tips for safe and easy travel from start to finish. Get the app. Prior to your trip to the airport, figure out which airline you’re flying with. If you have a smart phone, get the airline’s app. This way, you can check in from home, and get a mobile boarding pass leaving one less … Continue reading

5 Great Student Deals

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Being in college often comes with many expenses and a small income. I know few college students who aren’t strapped for cash and looking for a way to find a deal. Thankfully, there are lots of deals out there to help give college students a break.  The trick is just finding them. Here are some of the deals I’ve come across. Travel deals- Want to find cheap hotels and flights? How about deals on tours or activities to do while you are traveling? Check out STA travel, a website just for students to help them have the opportunity to travel … Continue reading

Service that Defeats Selfishness

Being in college is often a time where everything is about ourselves. We become independent, but along with that independence comes the privilege of being responsible only for ourselves. At college I study to get MY nursing degree, work out to keep MYSELF in shape, go to the cafeteria when I want to, work to make money for ME, and spend my time the way I want. Even though we spend time working towards good things, like a college degree, and we aren’t intentionally selfish, most things do revolve around ourselves. Our days become so busy, that we don’t have time … Continue reading

What Makes Nyack College Special?

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From the thoughts and Facebook profile of Dan Bailey, Admissions Director for Rockland Campus: I could tell you in a variety of ways but I will settle on this one story. It pretty much says it all. [In June] several student employees within our Admissions office were working late, making phone calls and emailing prospective students. A potential incoming student called saying she could not make her interview appointment for the next morning. She lived in Brooklyn and did not have any means of transportation. Her family did not have a car and according to the bus and train schedules, she … Continue reading

Living with Less: Learning to Love Living Simply

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Ever notice how many things are considered “necessities” in the US? Ever wish you could find a way to live a more simple life with less “things?” Ever realize the enormous quantity and variety of items you can find on one of your shelves, in one of your drawers, or in one of your closets? And have you ever thought that maybe you could live with less? Coming back from Cameroon has made me realize just how much I own, a lot of which I don’t need, or things that others could use much more than me. In the U.S. … Continue reading

Reflection on My Trip to Cameroon

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It’s very hard to put into words a trip like I just had to Cameroon. It’s difficult to describe the people, the places, and the experiences without having someone there to actually see it for themselves. Pen and paper can’t fully capture the beauty, the struggle, the learning, and the growing. But I will try and share just a few of my experiences and some of the biggest things I learned. 1. Generosity has no limits. The people here in Cameroon are some of the most generous people I have met in my entire life. No matter how little they … Continue reading

Love Beyond Your Neighborhood with these Nonprofits

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If your friend didn’t have any food, would you feed him? If your mother didn’t have shoes, would you give her a pair? If your co-worker was no good at their job, would you help him out? If your child didn’t have access to education, would you help build a school? I would guess that your answers to these questions are all the same: an enthusiastic “yes, of course!” Jesus calls us to love everyone. We’re very good at loving the people in our lives, and there’s nothing wrong with that. God’s heart is filled with joy when he sees … Continue reading

My Favorite Places in Cameroon

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As I have been working with the Life Abundant Program in Cameroon this past month, I have had the opportunity to visit many different villages, go many different places, and do so many different things. The entire country of Cameroon is so beautiful and no matter where you are, there are breathtaking views and incredible people all around you. So far during my time here, I have not been to a single place I would not want to return to. Although it is hard to choose my favorite places because I have loved everywhere I have been, these places have … Continue reading

A Typical Day Working at a Primary Health Center in Cameroon

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As the roosters crow to wake me up just as the sun is beginning to rise, I roll out from under my mosquito net and pull on my skirt and flip-flops. I gather my towel and soap, then go outside to greet the Primary Healthcare Center workers and the field supervisor. One of the healthcare workers has prepared a bucket of water for me, which I take to the bathhouse (a small hut made from palm branches about 4 feet tall) for my morning bath. After my bath, I brush my teeth, making sure to use only bottled water, and … Continue reading

Why Live a Life Blatantly on Fire for Christ?

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So far, this summer has been filled with new experiences. Living on my own and working 40+ hours a week has me feeling like quite the adult. Honestly, I feel like a little kid playing dress up in my mom’s shoes. It’s hard to imagine being able to take one step, but I find myself stumbling along. However, instead of people putting their hands on their knees and telling me how cute I am, they give me responsibility, correct my mistakes, and ask for my opinion on big decisions. The most interesting thing about living on my own away from … Continue reading

My Greatest Experiences in Cameroon

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Being in Cameroon this summer has been an incredible, eye-opening, growing experience and it can be hard to put into words all that I have experienced. I have had the opportunity to travel around the Northwest region of Cameroon to many different villages. Each of these villages has a health center run by the Life Abundant Program with trained health workers from the program. These health workers are trained in midwifery and to diagnose and treat common illnesses in the region. The work can be difficult due to lack of supplies and basic necessities, but it really has been incredible … Continue reading

Don’t Miss it ’till it’s Gone

This weekend, I had the opportunity to be the returning worship leader at my home church’s youth beach retreat. This was a retreat I had been on as a high school student, and last year as a worship leader. I was excited to be invited back, but even more excited to work with the speaker– my brother, Patrick. Patrick and I grew up in this youth group together and have even gone on this same retreat together. It was so cool to work alongside my brother this weekend and experience this awesome retreat in a totally different way. Instead of staying … Continue reading

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