A Response to Adulthood


It is simple. Life is overwhelming. As a college student, day to day, I constantly think about my courses, studying, and my future. Being an adult comes with challenges and decisions, and none are easy, especially for the quintessential college student. It is just part of life. Before college, I thought I had the perfect plan. From an early age, I was asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I wanted to be a writer since I was eight, but once I entered college, life got complicated. My career goals are taking shape of more than … Continue reading

College Hacks


It is the start of a new semester, and many of us are still getting into a new routine. This past week, I struggled finding my rhythm, adjusting to both morning and night classes and a full course load. To make your semester easier, and mine, I have developed a wide-ranging list of college hacks.         Textbooks If you haven’t purchased all of your textbooks yet, you can always purchase them from the college bookstore, but check out the sites listed below to find cheaper prices or compare prices. Chegg Amazon Textbookrentals.com Successful Studying Stay Organized Keep … Continue reading

GSL Trip Reports!


If you’ve had any interaction at all with Nyack College, I’m sure you’ve heard about the Global Service Learning trips. If not, here’s a quick summary: Nyack College offers students the opportunity to go on Global Service Learning or GSL trips to different parts of the world for class credit! Taking the place of Global Literature 2, preaching classes, social work electives, and more, GSL trips provide students with the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom and even outside the country. Though I’ve never been on a GSL trip, it was something that attracted me to Nyack from the beginning, … Continue reading

Getting Back to Journaling as a College Student


Sometimes it helps to take a step back to take a step forward. Sometimes reflecting and assessing a situation allows for a greater sense of purpose and a fresh set of eyes. For me, it helps to journal. It not only helps to process the present, but give hope for the future and an appreciation for the past. When my emotions are displayed purely in written form, I can understand what I am feeling either as I write or when I look back. I begin to know myself better. I kept a journal for years, but then I stopped. I thought … Continue reading

10 Things to Do When it Snows in Nyack


The winter has been pretty mild up until this point, but now the snow is hitting hard. When you live at Nyack College, the snow can be your worst nightmare or the greatest day ever. If you want to get somewhere, chances are, you can’t. Because of all the hills, it is nearly impossible to get your car out when it snows. So next snow day, scrap digging your car out and instead enjoy the day off. Here’s some fun things I like to do at Nyack when it snows: Catch up on some sleep. You have the whole day … Continue reading

Working in the ICU in India


With three weeks in India, we have had just a little time in many different departments in the hospital. One of the most rewarding, yet most challenging placements has been in the Intensive Care Unit. In this unit we have seen many different critically ill patients with diseases ranging from Acute Renal Failure to Heart Attacks to Poisonings to Brain bleeds and comas. We have been able to work with staff nurses, care for these patients, talk with their families, and interact with other medical professionals to help give our patients the most complete care possible. Some of the biggest … Continue reading

10 Must Have Experiences in India


During my stay in India this winter, I have spent lots of time in the hospitals. But while I am not in the hospitals I take every chance I can to explore India and see as much as I can of the culture and people. I am enjoying trying new things, learning about the Indian way of life, and meeting many great friends. There are always new places to explore, new things to do, and more things to learn. When you get a chance to visit India, no matter what the reason, here are a few things you have to … Continue reading

15 Things You Learn During Your First Semester in College

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Only a few months ago, I was double-checking my packing list before hitting the road from Pittsburgh to New York. My first semester at Nyack College flew by. Looking back upon my first semester as I begin the last half of my freshman year, I cannot believe how far I have come and the many memories I have made. Taken from personal experiences, I have developed my list, 15 Things You Learn During Your First Semester in College.  15 Things You Learn During Your First Semester in College… You learn how to balance everything and stay organized. Between your studies, … Continue reading

Nursing in India

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Over this winter break, I have been able to spend three weeks in India, studying with the Nursing program. I have been given the opportunity to complete clinical hours for my nursing internship in two different hospitals here in Bangalore and Indore. It has been an incredible trip so far, and I am learning and growing in more ways than I can count. Nursing is a profession that can be found worldwide. No matter where you are, there will always be sick people, and they will always need someone to care for their needs and help to bring them back … Continue reading

10 Writing Tips from Writer and Editor


  Walking along the cape, I hurried into The Brewster Book Store to escape the New England afternoon heat. I was glancing around the bookstore, when I found Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction by Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd. It was the perfect book. I leafed through the pages, and then handed the cashier money, excited to read a new book on the sandy beaches. Summer 2015 – Cape Cod,  MA As a student studying to become a journalist, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd’s book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction has immensely affected me. During my first semester of college, there were various … Continue reading

Study Abroad Travel Tip: Use the Layover

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For those of you who are college students (aka bankrupt), but still love traveling, this article is for you. International travel is not cheap. Mainly, because of the cost of airfare. So, once you’ve saved up for that big trip, you want to make the most of your time there. If you really love traveling, you probably want to see as many places as possible and get the greatest variety of experiences possible. One way you can do that, is by using your layover. This winter break, I have the great opportunity to spend some time studying in India. I … Continue reading

Jude Charles: Socially Relevant

pastor risen king alliance church

This week I was given the opportunity to talk with Jude Charles, a former graduate of Nyack College, about what it means to be Socially Relevant. As an Outreach Pastor at Risen King Alliance Church, he has so much to say about this topic, not just how it applies inside the church, but also in the community as a whole. His life and ministry truly exemplify what it means to be socially relevant. Check out these response he gave to some of the questions I asked him. 1. What do you think it means to be socially relevant? To me, … Continue reading

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