Life Lessons I Learned From My Professors

Friends, There are only weeks left in the semester. For some of you, the stress is overwhelming every minute of these last weeks. You’re panicking. You might even be starting to doubt yourself and ask, “why did I decide to go to college?” Remember your dream. Remember your vision. Above all keep moving.  Above all keep praying, my friends. You will make it through. You know how I know this? I know this, because right now I’m a senior staring down the last three weeks of an undergraduate career in the face. I’ve been where you’re at, many, many, many … Continue reading

How to Defy Disappointment With Beauty

I’m writing this blog post right now, and this week I really don’t know where I’m going with this post. Usually when I write, I have some sort of idea. Usually I have a title at least etched out, and I work from there. This week I have nothing. These passed few weeks have been wild, terrible, blessed, wretched. I believe in honesty. I believe in realness. The last few weeks I have experienced wild, wild, bizarre, crazy hopes. The last few weeks I have experienced disappointments crush those hopes and others in a steady rhythm. Two weeks ago I … Continue reading

Student Teaching: Placement Switch

It is exactly the middle of November. As most of you know, I’m in the middle of student teaching. The way student teaching works is that your semester is split into two placements. My certification will be to teach 7th-12th Grade English , and as a result my first placement was at a middle school. Those eighth grade students completely and wholly stole my heart. The last day I was there my cooperating teacher passed around a card for them to sign. Each period thought that they’d expertly hidden this card, as they tried to pass it around. They forgot … Continue reading

The Distinct Joy of Exercising in College

There’s the shift of your feet across pavement, it’s the air entering your lungs and exiting in sharp, cold breaths–oxygen flowing into your bloodstream. Your feet toss leaves aside. You toss everything aside: exams, the homework you’ve been struggling through, the family drama going down at home, the endless text messages wearing you down, the fact that your brain hurts from thinking about it all. You toss aside everything as you run through the fallen leaves on this gorgeous campus that God has given you. You run and are finally at peace, as you separate yourself from everything. It’s just … Continue reading

Christmas Hope Starts in November

Color fades from the leaves. High School students are beginning to eye the piles of leaves in their neighbors’ yards, and translate them into quick cash. Fall holidays are over, and the world waits as the days of pumpkins and apple cider fade into icy temperatures and sweaters. It’s November. Right now, I’m listening to Christmas music. I know, I know…all you haters out there… There tend to be two types of people. There are the people who passionately love Christmas music. You can catch this kind of person slipping Bing Crosby records into Harvest Party playlists. This kind of … Continue reading

What Are We Saying? Creating Substance in Communication

Ink stained fingers, feeling paper between your thumb and index finger, the sound a pencil makes as it etches words across a page, these are all experiences associated with the practice of writing a letter. I’ve been thinking a great deal lately–”laughing” a dangerous pastime, I know. I’ve been thinking about the millstone-carrying weight of our words, and how modern formats seem to shape their substance, or lack of substance. Let me explain: You shoot a text message. You type. You press send. Immediately. How much thought goes into those words? I’m not speaking about avoiding spelling and grammatical mistakes–I’m … Continue reading

In Memory of Utopia Campbell and Tryphena Ramcharitar

It was recently made known that Nyack students Utopia Campbell and Tryphena Ramcharitar have passed away. A memorial was held in their honor on the 13th of October on Nyack College’s Manhattan campus. It was attended by students, faculty, friends, and family who knew the girls both personally and through association. The memorial consisted of person after person relaying their fond memories of the girls. It was both moving and sobering. Those who knew Utopia have nothing but good things to say about her, and those who might have only seen her in the hallways, like myself, do the same. … Continue reading

8th Grade Books For Old Souls

Powerful, poignant, moving us with the heart of their stories, those were many of the books I read in middle school and high school. Many of the books we read during that season of life shaped who I became later. Books have the power to do that, you know. As I’m student teaching this semester, I’m revisiting many of those books. They’re books mostly taught in middle school and high school, but they seem to speak to something deeper in all of us. They’re books you ran across in eighth, ninth, and tenth grade, but they’re really for old souls. … Continue reading

Meet Professor Kirsten Luba of the School of Education

Friends, This week there’s someone I’d like you to meet. I’ve known her during my entire college experience in the School of Education, and she has been an example of service that is faithful and does not need to announce itself. I’ve learned an incredible amount from watching this woman quietly work. Meet Professor Kristen Luba: What Was Your Major in College?   Well, originally I thought I was going to be a missionary. My mom encouraged me to get my undergrad in something other than missions, so I chose teaching and thought I might be able to teach on … Continue reading

Deep Relationships and Tea

Steam draws itself from the water kettle. I’ve always thought tea kettles were akin to works of art. Perhaps it’s the way the steam circles into the air, or the time it takes to breathe, to rest before the kettle begins singing and your water is ready. We gather together. My friend sets out the tea in the rows of Apple, Ginger, Blueberry, the truest of Chai, and faithful black tea. Before college I thought tea tasted like boiled water with a hint of dried up leaves. “Laughing”, thankfully college and a fantastic roommate changed my prejudice towards tea. Sometimes … Continue reading

5 Fun Nyack NYC Events to Attend

In early October, on the Nyack College Manhattan campus we had our first social mixer! It was exactly what it sounds like – a time when students on the campus could come together and meet other students and hang out. There was food, too. We also just ended Spirit Day, so a lot of students were spotted wearing their brand new Nyack gear! I appreciate that Rockland students take the time to come down to the Manhattan campus to sell the school’s apparel to us since we don’t have our own store on campus yet. (Considering, the school just bought … Continue reading

Let God Figure it Out

It’s no secret that Nyack NYC students are some of the busiest people in New York. I believe I have previously quoted of one my professors saying that Nyack students are some of the busiest people he knows. They’re involved in 25 different ministries, taking 25 credits, and have 2 jobs. I say this again because my professor said it again in class this week and it’s still just as relevant. It’s easy to believe that every easy-access open door is a gift sent straight from God. That we are supposed to jump on every opportunity that looks promising that … Continue reading

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