It’s been over a month since classes have officially begun. I, for one, believe that I have not yet fully accepted the beginning of the semester. I have most of my books and have been going to my classes and seeing my friends, but still I am in denial. This is especially true for Nyack students who attend the Manhattan campus because we are not only in school, but we have full lives outside of our classes. So if you’re a Nyack student and haven’t fully grasped the beginning of the school year yet either, here are a few things to look out for that might signal your brain that you’re back in the swing of things.
1. Prayer is everpresent
Hopefully, prayer is already a major fixture in your life. In the best scenario, you are able to maintain a healthy prayer life for yourself while also surrounding yourself with prayer and pray-ers (people who pray), and all the prayer that you will happen upon on the NYC campus will just be adding on to that. But in other cases, seeing students grasping hands and praying during breaks might be a revelation. It might be a strange sight, and you might not be used to it – but you should get used to it. You’re going to be seeing it a lot. You’ll even be seeing the professors pray before or after each class. I didn’t even realize that I missed seeing (and doing) that, but now that I have, I can say that that is a definite sign that the semester at Nyack has officially started.
2. Your bag is heavier
If you couldn’t care less about getting a new bag specifically for school purposes, you probably use your regular bag for your textbooks, folders, syllabi, homework and etc. and I’m sure you will notice the difference in weight in your bag once the semester starts. Even if you opt to start your new semester with a new bag to match – it will still be heavy.
3. School emails
Your email is now suddenly full from emails from your new friends: the dean of students, student financial services, student career services, and the like.
4. Hectic schedule
“Nyack students are some of the busiest people I know. You’re in 25 different ministries and getting a Master’s while holding down 2 jobs.” My professor said this the other night (to rapturous head-nodding from us students) and he was totally right. Nyack NYC students don’t live on campus. Most of us have jobs, a lot of them full-time, and a lot of people have regular bills to pay. We’re involved in every ministry that touches us and have become skilled in balancing them with school and work.
5. All your selfies have Nyack backgrounds
Most selfies taken are on campus, since that is now where you spend a lot of your time. If you are on the Manhattan campus – orange, red, blue, and green walls are all too common in the background of your selfies. It doesn’t matter what floor you’re on – the location of the selfie will be easily noticed.