First Day of School – 2016 Edition

9/8/16 Today was my first official day of classes on Nyack College’s Manhattan campus for the 2016-2017 school year. My first two classes were Communications classes so I was extremely excited. It’s not that I don’t love all my other classes; it’s just that I love those classes more. A new semester is a new beginning for everyone. GPA’s aren’t completely in the toilet, mental states are intact, and you still have some time to binge watch your favorite television shows before the homework piles on.. and on… and on…. You’re optimistic about the semester and have great hopes that … Continue reading

7 Ways to Share Your Faith as a College Student

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There’s something about living on the hill, about trekking to Simpson Hall in early autumn mornings to learn about the wild and mysterious Old Testament.  There’s something about walking through the cafeteria and hearing kids from the Gospel Choir burst out in piano playing and praise that somehow sounds even better amidst the cafeteria plates.  There’s something about praying with your friends at two in the morning in a dorm room filled with the smell of stale pizza.  There’s something about conversations, deep, full of strength and faith on the way to intramural practice.  There’s something about going to a Christian … Continue reading

For Those Worried about the Semester’s Beginning

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Do you ever have those moments of complete panic?  Do you ever have moments when you look towards the future, and have no idea what’s going on?  You hold nothing but the unknown.  You are filled with profound need.  You need solutions, you’re working for answers, but they’re as absent as a smile on the 5:45a.m. bus.  I think many of us are feeling some level of this panic right now, as summer slows to an end and the fall semester begins. Freshmen, you’re probably panicking that you’ll be friendless for the next four years (for the record, you won’t … Continue reading

Be a Light!

Shine bright, shine far! Be a star! Where you live, where you are… be a star! Shine bright, shine far! Be a star! Where you live, where you are, be a staaaar! That song is sung by Tyra Banks in the movie Lifesize, but it is still inspirational and applicable to this blog. Being a light in a dark world is a recurring theme in the Bible (Matthew 5:13-16, Romans 13:11-14, Ephesians 5:8, John 9:5, Acts 13:47, should I go on?), as well as a theme at Nyack College. Nyack prides itself on preparing its students on how to not … Continue reading

10 Tips to Minimize and Maximize Your College Wardrobe

Since my freshman year of college, I have discovered  how to simplify my wardrobe. My greatest take-away is that in order to have a well-rounded closet, you don’t need to buy more clothes, but instead, understand how minimizing your wardrobe actually maximizes your clothing options and closet space. I have realized that by bringing only the clothes that I love and need to college, I will have a greater variety of outfits. By using styling tricks like choosing similar color pallets, I have gained a greater sense of my personal style. Since I’ve minimized my wardrobe, I have learned how to … Continue reading

What does it take to have Olympic Spirit?

Photo Credit: Simone Biles’ Instagram “Simone Biles Won Gold and Pulled Aly Raisman up with her to celebrate” Unless you’ve been living under a rock with no electricity, wifi, or any contact with the outside world, there’s a fairly good chance you’ve heard those names before. Simone Biles (19) and Aly Raisman (22) are 2 of the 5 members of the USA Women’s Gymnastics Team at the Rio 2016 Olympics, along with Gabby Douglas (20), Laurie Hernandez (16), and Madison Kocian (19). This was the headline of an article that was part of USA Today’s continuing coverage of the Olympics … Continue reading

What we can learn from the Olympics as the Semester Begins

Even though the Olympics have ended, the athletes are still the talk of the town. The Final Five gymnasts are still making appearances and doing talk shows, while Michael Phelps is reveling in his title as “The World’s Greatest Olympian.” However, there were a couple of sour notes from Rio 2016 – among them, Ryan Lochte’s “exaggeration of the truth.” You’ve probably heard about it by now, and if not you’ve at least seen a meme about it. Ryan Lochte, the American Olympic swimmer, told a story about how he and two of his teammates were robbed at gunpoint by … Continue reading

Back to School, Back to the Manhattan Campus

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Are you excited to be back on campus soon? The immediate answer for many students is a swift, “no,” complete with a look of indignation. But what if I said I was excited? What if I said I’m actually looking forward to the new school year? Am I crazy? Let me explain. One day, late last month, I was in downtown Manhattan running a couple errands. After they were complete, I found myself in Battery Park City. Watching the water down by the ferry has become a favorite pastime of mine. I walked along the boardwalk and took pictures like … Continue reading

Financial Aid Struggles

“Student Financial Services.” Did you shiver reading those words? How about: “financial aid office,” “plus loan,” “payment plan.” These words are oh so familiar to many of us college students. These words can also be the source of unwanted amounts of stress and/or pressure. The fact of the matter is that higher education in America costs money. Lots of money. Of course things like scholarships and grants exist in order to help the maximum amount of people get a college education, but full ride scholarships aren’t too common and grants can only go up so high. Often times, students end … Continue reading

Staying Connected With Your Siblings in College

It’s a Tuesday morning. It’s summer and it’s August. My brother and I are sitting in this breakfast cafe located off the highway of our town. We’re surrounded by farmers in overalls, the weight of years and sun wrinkling their skin. We’re the youngest people in the restaurant, but we sip our coffee, eat our dollar pancakes, and relish in that fact. Being at school means, well, that I don’t have as many opportunities to sit in this cafe and sip coffee with my brother. I knew this would happen when I made the decision to come out to New … Continue reading

Meet Dr. JoAnn Looney

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Friends, I would like you to meet someone this week. Meet Dr. Looney, the Dean of the School of Education at Nyack College. Two words I could use to describe her would be “gracious” and “humble”. We live in a world where sometimes graciousness and humility don’t translate into positions of leadership, but I cannot tell you the countless times where I have walked into Dr. Looney’s office and encountered a gracious humility. She has been a great encouragement to me throughout my years at Nyack College, whether it was listening to my eighteen year-old ideals at freshmen orientation, encouraging … Continue reading

Morning Silence and Scripture

I’m sitting outside on my patio right now. The quiet of an Indiana evening surrounds me. For once, my mind is silent as I lean back in my chair and click my fingers across the keyboard. Silence has been rare lately. It’s so easy to think right now when it’s the quiet of the evening. Prayers come easier. Thoughts are not so tangled. It’s in these moments when I understand why Scripture calls us to “be still”. We’ll drive ourselves crazy with ourselves otherwise. Lately though, I’ve been troubled by a question: How are you supposed to be still in … Continue reading

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