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

Meet Dr. Nichols


Hello Everyone, I’d like you to meet someone who has been a big part of my life at Nyack. Meet Dr. Nichols. He’s the Chair of the Adolescent Education Department at Nyack College, and if you’re an Adolescent Education Major, chances are you’ll find yourself in some of his classes, wind-up in his office for advisement, and you’ll also get to hear some interesting stories from his years of experience in our field. Meet Dr. Nichols: How Did You Come to Work at Nyack College? I had just retired from working for thirty years in the public school system, and … Continue reading

A Valedictorian’s 10 Tips for a 4.0 GPA

Rachel with Co-Valedictorian, Tehilla Eskelund, and Provost, Dr. Turk

Maintaining a 4.0 for four years of college is a very impressive feat. It takes lots of hard work, dedication, and talent. Although it seems near impossible, our co-valedictorian, Rachel Kunker, a double major in ICS and English, was able to do it. Here are some tips from Rachel about how to have success in college. Be prepared. Rachel says it is important to be prepared by doing your reading, completing assignments, and making study guides for tests. This allows you to really know the material and be able to perform well on tests. Be proactive. This means thinking ahead … Continue reading

Encouragement Amidst of “Much”: The School of Education Dinner


The end of the semester is full of… so much. Assignments are due. That senior paper on that obscure topic is looming over your existence. Those group projects happen where everything that can possibly go wrong does. You wake up one day and realize that you totally spaced, and forgot to submit that project that also happens to be 25% of your grade. Panic and stress are often your constant companions, and then on top of everything there are all these end of the semester events…because everything is ending at the same time. There are hall meetings in the dorms, … Continue reading

5 Steps to Choosing a Major You Will Love

There are only a few more days left of the semester, and perhaps you are wondering if you chose the right major. It is okay to question and wonder if you made the right choice. College is the time to learn not only the skills you need for your future, but to grow as a person and learn about and develop your passions. Choosing or changing majors can lead you to where you need to be, and the process can teach you skills for making bigger decisions in your future. I changed my major and made my previous major my … Continue reading

Three Lessons I Learned about Worship

senior talks about chapel

Between chapels and small groups over the past four years, I’ve probably been involved in corporate worship here at Nyack about 400 times. There are several things I’ve learned from chapel speakers, my fellow students, and worship leaders, but Nyack College as a community has taught me so much about worship. There’s no one way. Worshipping God is so much more than singing worship songs. I’ve always loved attending creative arts chapel because I believe it’s a glimpse into heaven. The dance and step teams do routines, students do special music numbers, and there’s often works of art being created during … Continue reading

Three Business Lessons

In my time at Nyack, I’ve spent over 2,000 hours in class. Yeah, really. When I graduate, I will have accumulated 128 credits. The amount of credits you get per class reflects the number of hours you spend in the classroom during the week. There are about 16 weeks in each semester, so I’ve spent over 2,000 hours in class over the past four years. Since Nyack is a liberal arts college, those 2,000 hours combine history, english, Bible, and other general education courses. Those definitely taught me a lot, but the lessons I learned in my business classes are … Continue reading

Using Global Media to be Globally Engaged


As you may know, one of Nyack College’s core values is being Globally Engaged. Because I’m a Communications major, this value means a lot to me and I think it’s important we educate ourselves on the world’s affairs as well as know how to properly engage in them. When I think of being Globally Engaged, I think of missions trips, Global Service-Learning trips (who just released their 2017 trip schedule!), and the influx of nationalities that attend Nyack every year. However, we can also be Globally Engaged from right where we are sitting, and the first step is educating ourselves … Continue reading

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