A Day in the Life of a Nyack College Student
What would your average day look like as a student at Nyack College? As a high school senior, I was worried. College was a sort of unknown mystery land to me, and I think it was just all of the unknowns that gave me some anxiety about starting college. What would my room be like? Would I get along with my roommate? Is the cafeteria food any good? What would I even be doing every day? I just wanted to know how I would be filling all my time, and was trying to figure out if I would be bored all the time or always rushing around busy and frantic. Well, my first semester taught me a lot, and not that I have figured out all things perfectly, but I would love to give you a clue as to what college life might look like. And while I attempt to share my day, also realize that no two days are exactly alike and the true secret to college is to learn to just go with the flow and to also be open and ready for adventure. Here we go…
Everyday starts the same with the harsh ring of my phone alarm reminding me that sleep in college is a myth for most of us. For me, eight o’clock is the usual rising time and my first order of business is just to get ready for the day. There is sometimes a little quality time with the roommates in the morning and a hurried cup or two of coffee shared before running out the door to 9:30 classes. I don’t have a car so even though I live off campus I spend each morning facing the elements on my 15 minute walk to Boon, where most of the classes are held.
As an Inter-Cultural Studies major I have classes that are full of culture and talks of distant lands with an appropriate mixing of book reports and talks of our exciting futures. Following morning class is chapel which now takes place at 11 a.m. in Bowman gym. Chapel is a great place to focus on God, encourage the community at Nyack College, and be challenged in your faith. Depending on your schedule chapel can sometimes be followed by more classes, but if not you join the rest of the student body as they make their great migration to the cafeteria for lunch. For me I usually will have the afternoons off, with the occasional class here or there, but I use this time to relax or do homework either in the Bailey Library or back in my room. Then around dinner time I will either head to work in the caf or grab a quick dinner and head of to an evening class starting at 6:25. I will get out of either work or class around 8:30 or 9 pm and that’s when I will usually head home or stop by a friend’s dorm or the occasional campus small group. Any way, this time at night is when I can hang out with friends, have people over, or just watch Netflix with my roommates. This time is the most valued after long days of work, homework, and classes. I will usually have this time until midnight unless I have a lot of homework or a big project that is due soon. And, seeing that I am a night owl I will usually spend the last two hours of my day focused on any homework that needs done. Then the most precious time for all college students comes which is bedtime.
Maybe this schedule is of help to you or maybe it seems a bit overwhelming right now. And, looking at it I lay no claims to being any type of expert when it comes to time management. Also I am reminded that with each semester comes different schedules, distractions, and commitments. I am going into my senior year at Nyack, and this past semester when I kept to this schedule, gave me my best GPA to date. This is what seems to work for me and I hope it shows you just one example of what the life of a college student looks like. But, I am also excited for you as you start your college journey to find out what works for you and your schedule and what helps you to succeed. College is a busy time, but a learning time and I am eager for each new student to come in and figure out how to excel at the world of Nyack College.