Get Over Your “self”


” You need to get over yourself.” Were the tough yet loving words I needed to hear. We think about ourselves like A LOT. Like all of the time, a lot. Like more than we think about anything or anyone else; there is a constant ” me, me, me; I, I, I” track playing in our minds. “I have no friends here, I can’t have deep conversations here like I do at home, I feel alone, no one will like me, people don’t see me or my gifts, I am not known, I can do better, ( insert your own self-track here_________) …” If … Continue reading

Our Bloggers Write and Make a Difference in the World

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A Letter from the Editor~ Melissa Ruttanai I’ve worked with many writers and bloggers in the past in a variety of fields and industries.  But this summer at Nyack College, I have been impressed.  I’ve been moved and inspired by the genuine passion of three of our veteran bloggers at Life at Nyack.  Almost two years ago, we sat together as a staff and talked about the ins and outs of blogging.  They discussed their degree majors and hobbies.  I thought I was imparting all the information to them—about the world of online publishing and storytelling.  But now, these three … Continue reading

PICTURES: Harvey Cedars Bible Conference Teen Week

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This past week, the youth group I work with took our high schoolers to Harvey Cedars Bible Conference in New Jersey for their Senior High week. Harvey Cedars Bible Conference is a Christian organization which hosts Bible camps for people of all ages. My church took our senior high students there for a week of fellowship with other Christians, worship, learning, and fun! This was my second year at Harvey Cedars as a leader and it’s my favorite week of the year. Though I don’t have a part in organizing the week, I did have an opportunity to lead small … Continue reading

5 Things to Remember When Registering for Classes

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With summer here, it’s time to start thinking about the classes you’ll be taking next semester (actually, it’s a little past that time, but that’s irrelevant). By now returning students and new freshmen have probably realized that choosing classes in college is a bit different from high school: you can create your own schedule, fine-tune it to your preferences and convenience. While this is obviously a big plus to college life, there are some things you should keep in mind when you’re creating your schedule for next semester. Check the Catalogue for Classes Review the courses catalogue to see what classes are … Continue reading

The Importance of Building Relationships with Your Professors

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One of the unique benefits of a small liberal arts college like Nyack is the opportunity to get to know your professor outside of the classroom. You’re probably asking yourself why it’s important, and how do I go about getting to know my professor. Professors are more than researchers and lecturers; they each have real life experiences to share. Your college professors can be one of your biggest assets. They can help you succeed academically and prepare you for life after college. There are various studies that have shown that college students, who make an effort to engage their professors … Continue reading

It’s Crazy That We Share The Same World

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It’s crazy that we share the same world. I overheard a woman from one of our teams say this when sharing different cultural norms she’d encountered already in Thailand. I love this phrase because it so perfectly sums up what I’ve been feeling during my short time here. In high school, I spent a few scattered weeks around South and Central America which gave me my first glance of how people live in different countries. For some reason I had this expectation that coming to Asia would be similar, but I was definitely wrong in my thinking. It doesn’t even … Continue reading

Working with a Brazilian Ministry: From Orphan to Daughter

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I love Brazil. I love that I am literally living a dream, I dreamt for nearly 10 months. It is a privilege to do the little things to help keep this ministry (Shores of Grace) running, I have learned to love those things. My heart burns within me when I hit the streets with my team, my new family and I see the faces of those women, young men or children. Tears often fill my eyes as I experience the love of the Father towards them. The years at Camp of the Woods as a Guest Service representative comes pouring out, and … Continue reading

Students in the Graduate School of Counseling Get More Than They Bargained For

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“I’m a different person than I was when I came here!”  As I walked the halls of the graduate campus, showing a perspective student our campus and introducing her to some of our current students, it struck me how each student I saw, commented on a similar theme.   Each student came here to study counseling.  What they received became so much more than just earning a degree.   It changed their lives. Don’t get me wrong.  Alliance Graduate School of Counseling does a great job with their master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.  But what God does … Continue reading

Internship in Thailand: God is Funny

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  Well, if you are just tuning in, I’m currently a week into my internship in the amazing country of Thailand. I am constantly living in awe of this place, the people, and still shocked that this is my home for the next two months. This week has consisted of meeting tons of new people, learning many cultural norms, and eating lots and lots of rice. If you have ever traveled, you may know about culture shock and its different forms. For me, this week has been all about wonder and excitement over the many new ways of life I … Continue reading

Soak in the Lord’s Presence Like You Soak in the Summer Sun

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We all desire to be closer to God and experience loving fellowship with Him, but we don’t always put in the effort we’d like to. We can get so caught up with getting to work on time, getting assignments done, the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars (or maybe that’s just me), and the general rush of life that we neglect to spend time with the one for whom our time was created. Usually unbeknownst to us, the effects of being disconnected from our life source start to take a toll. Last Wednesday I walked into Nyack feeling irritated and … Continue reading

Harlem’s Work Ethic and My Own

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Diversity—it’s the spice of life. Diversity is what helps to make this world so interesting. Culture, tradition, history, and perspectives are aspects of diversity which enhance the colors of our world.  As a student in New York City, I know that these aspects of diversity enhance my studies of the environment in which I live. The cultural diversity of my neighborhood alone has taught me that hard work pays off. Most if not all of my neighbors come from Latin America. The businesses and professions found in my neighborhood here in NYC are varied. What I have noticed especially amongst … Continue reading

What I Learned from Middle School Students

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As some of you may know, I have a summer internship at a church in Pennsylvania. I work with the youth group, and this experience has been one of the best of my life. This week was the week of middle school service projects. For four days from 8am-3pm, middle school students met at the church and departed to various places in the area to do service for those in need. Day one was spent doing weeding and mulching for a school for troubled kids, day two was spent at the church baking cookies and making cards for kids in … Continue reading

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