Sarah Dunlap

About Sarah Dunlap

I am a Pittsburgh native and an English major and Communications minor at Nyack College Rockland Campus. I am a devoted dancer, avid reader, and an aspiring writer. "Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences." - Sylvia Plath

London, P.S. I Love You

Dear London,

In 10 days, you gave me an experience of a lifetime. I thank you for showing me a culture widely different from my own, bringing a new world to my fingertips. I’ve gained a better understanding of where I am from, who I am, and who I would like to be and where I would like to go. You’ve made me a new person.

I love your rich history, how it lives in the walls of every building as if it were cigarette smoke. I’ve been where legends of science, literature, and royalty walked, dined, and lived. On various street corners, I saw doors that said, “Here lived…” and each time I stopped, I gawked with wide eyes and my phone plastered to my hand to get the shot. I marveled at Westminster Abbey, standing on the graves and memorials of those who contributed to society beyond measure. I was inspired at Poets’ Corner, where I stood before my literary idols for longer than what I imagine is socially acceptable.

I’ve seen that language, literature, and the news is not dead but very much alive. Thank you for giving me the pleasure of hearing various languages and accents and learning a different vernacular. Seeing bookstores nearly every five minutes made my heart leap. You have given me hope as an aspiring journalist that people do read the newspaper, be it walking the street or on the Tube.

Thank you for giving me the experience of new foods from various cultures I would have never had otherwise. You have also shown me the good in people, and as I heard at the Royal Military Chapel before I left London, “We don’t see people as they are; we see people as we are.” Thank you for the adventure and teaching me about another culture. I have been to places I only dreamed I would see, and in a small way, I have seen and been a part of another country’s history. Thank you for the friends I made, and because of them, I have had some of my greatest memories.

Your breathtaking views, architecture, fashion, and history all have inspired me. Although it rained every day, your beauty is a watercolor painting, bright and vibrant. I’ll never forget running into museums for shelter from the rain or being poured on in Oxford. You are as beautiful at night as you are in the day. (Big Ben, you are one handsome clock tower.) Being on the Tube, squished between bodies and luggage, I couldn’t help but people watch, wanting to know their stories and where they came from. Whether I jumped on a train or ran in the rain, I was in for an adventure. You made it so easy for me to feel comfortable and at home here. London, you have given me a piece of the world, and for that, I am grateful.

I will never forget you.

College Girl’s Clothing Checklist

When it comes to packing clothes for college, it can become a little overwhelming. Whether you think you have too many clothes or nothing to wear, it helps to understand what wardrobe staples you actually need. Once you have the basics, you will notice that planning outfits becomes easier (and even fun)!

Below I include my checklist to help you narrow down your wardrobe and help you pack for college. Use the list as a guide and suit it to your personal style.

Dresses

  • Two Little Black Dresses
    • one winter/fall
    • one spring/summer that can transition into the fall with a cardigan
  • Three or four casual dresses
  • One semi-formal or cocktail dress

Bottoms

(Pack at least seven pairs, so that you have one for every day of the week before you do laundry.)

  • Although I don’t wear skirts often, I bring my favorite three or four skirts that can transition between seasons.
  • At least one pair of khaki
  • At least one pair of stretchy, nice black pants
  • Black leggings
    • Bring as many as you want because they don’t take up much space and are so comfortable.
  • A couple of your favorite dark wash jeans
  • A couple of your favorite light wash jeans
  • Shorts
    • Limit your number because you won’t be wearing them for long. I say maybe five.

Tops

  • Tees
    • White, black, gray, navy
    • Graphic
    • Striped
  • Tanks
    • White, black, gray, navy
  • Button downs
    • White, Chambray, flannel
  • Your select favorite five or seven long sleeve and short sleeve shirts
  • Sweaters and cardigans
    • Of varying weights and in basic colors
  • Sweatshirts
    • I bring my favorite sweatshirts. It is best to pack fewer sweatshirts because they are bulky to pack, and I don’t wear them every day.

Jackets

  • Leather
  • Blazer
  • Light jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Pea coat
  • Winter coat

Shoes

  • Casual flats
  • Ankle boots
  • Select favorite sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Winter boots
  • Rain boots
  • Heels (in basic colors like nude and black)
    • I only wore heels twice all year – once for a presentation and once for formal.

Accessories

  • Jewelry
  • Everyday purse
  • Going out purse
  • Umbrella
  • Wristlet
  • Winter hat and gloves
  • Your favorite and versatile scarves

Active Wear

  • Bring as many outfits as you know you will workout in per week.
  • Or, if you don’t workout and just wear athletic wear because it is comfortable, bring a couple of your favorites.

Swimsuit

  • Bring at least one because you never know when you’ll need it.

Intimates

  • All that you have that fits. Having more helps you extend the time before the next time you do laundry.

Pajamas

  • Whatever you feel comfortable in and are okay with everyone in your dorm seeing. Have at least one for every day of the week.

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 dress and shop more wisely as a college student.

Below, I detail how I decide what clothes to bring with me to college and tricks to help you pack clothing and maximize your closet space.

  1. Survey your closet and separate the clothes you wear most often from the clothes you don’t like as much or don’t wear often.  Don’t bring the clothes you know you won’t wear. There’s no reason to waste your limited closet space!
  2. Then, divide the clothes you wear into the seasonal categories — winter, summer and fall.  Bring mostly clothes that overlap into multiple seasons, except for the heavy winter clothes you know you will need.
  3. Bring only a few of your favorite summer clothes because you are starting school at the end of summer and finishing at the beginning of summer.
  4. Bring clothes of similar color pallets, so that you can easily mix and match what you have and create new outfits. As a college student, you want to make your wardrobe versatile.  Solid/monochromatic bases and patterned/colorful accents makes mixing and matching easier and increases your options with fewer items to choose from.
  5. Ask yourself if there is anything lacking in your wardrobe you will need in college. Make a list.  Do you need a lighter jacket? Another cardigan?
  6. Shop for what you don’t have and know you will need.  Try on the clothes and decide if you love them before purchasing.
  7. Bring a hanger for every item hanging in your dorm closet. Have a few spare hangers just in case. By limiting the amount of hangers in your closet, you are maximizing the space.
  8. When storing clothes in your dresser, roll them instead of folding to increase the space.
  9. When you pack to go home for your breaks, bring with you a couple clothes that you know you won’t wear or are out of season.  It will make moving out at the end of the year so much easier.
  10. If you’re cleaning out your closet during the semester or at the end of the year, give the clothes you don’t wear to your friends or place them in the college’s Swap Shop or a nearby thrift store.  That way, you won’t have to bring them back home with you.

We Change and We Learn

Freshman year for me, and most college freshmen, was about experiences. Everything was new, but eventually the excitement faded away and routine settled in.

As soon as I left for the summer, I began to miss the routine – my friends, classes, and the many faces I had seen everyday around campus. When I returned home, I realized how quiet the world can actually be. I remember laughing when my voice echoed when IIMG_9551 called my dog’s name in my backyard. I would have never thought twice about it before. I can honestly say that today I thought of the first time I heard garbage trucks on the Nyack streets on my way into town last September. Although insignificant at face-value, these reminiscences contribute to my memories and a place that I have grown to love. I love my school, even its quirks. I love Nyack College’s passion for people, God, and making an impact within the world. Above all, my memories remind me that I’ve changed since college.
Yes, change was inevitable. However, going into college, I never knew how I was going to change or what or who was going to change me. The friends I made, the lessons I learned and the experiences I had have greatly impacted me and challenged my views.

This is what I have learned:

  1. Going away was the right decision.
  2. You can’t be friends with everyone.
  3. Shakespeare is right – “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
  4. Love is unconditional.
  5. Sometimes, you need to put yourself first.
  6. We can be inspired by, and we can aspire to be.
  7. Finding the right balance goes beyond eating junk food in moderation. It is a physical, mental and spiritual lifestyle.
  8. Don’t let people’s problems be your problems.
  9. Confidence is how you carry yourself when no one is around.
  10. When you’re having a rough day, get yourself a cup of coffee.
  11. Trust your gut.
  12. Comfort zones are meant to be broken.
  13. Establish boundaries.
  14. The word “dead” in deadline is not coincidental.
  15. People love to talk. Be interested in them, and their stories will surprise you.
  16. Manage your time and schedule. Don’t let either one of them manage you.
  17. However, that doesn’t mean you will always be at your best.
  18. You will be tired and feel brain-dead, but when you give yourself a push and goals to achieve, you will get everything done.
  19. You will miss home.
  20. On those days, you may eat certain foods that remind you of home (i.e. eating fries on a salad because you’re from Pittsburgh).
  21. If you respect yourself, others will most likely respect you.
  22. Be honest with yourself, and be honest with with your friends and family.
  23. Let go and have faith.

How to Survive Your 8 a.m. Class

As someone who is not a IMG_2602morning person, I understand your struggle. I know that you study, work, stay up late, and try to keep a social life intact. It is difficult, and yes, it is an endless cycle. Sleep inevitably, at one point or the other, falls by the wayside.

I had my first 8 a.m. class last semester. Despite having days when it was indeed a struggle, I eventually began to enjoy having a class in the morning. It gave me an early start to my day. It helped me make the most out of my time, especially when I knew I had a
busy day ahead.

Here are tips to help you adjust to an early morning schedule and make the most out of your 8 a.m. class and morning.

  1. Prepare

Preparing for your class the night before reduces the amount of time you spend hurrying out the door in the morning. Pick out your clothes, check the weather, pack your backpack, and set your alarm(s). You will feel less flustered and more confident.

  1. Get Sleep

Know yourself and how much time you need in the morning and how much time you should sleep. If you have enough sleep, you will be less tired or even well rested. You may actually feel awake in class if you slept the night before.

  1. The Essential 3: Water, Coffee, and Breakfast

I believe these three are the essentials to a quality morning. Drinking water first thing in the morning boosts your metabolism and helps you wake up. Coffee energizes you with caffeine to help you stay awake. Make sure you eat something; at least grab a snack on your way out the door. It is important that you break your nighttime fast.

  1. Arrive Early to Class

Plan how much time it takes you to get to class and add buffer time in case you are held up on your way, etc. Even if you arrive a few minutes early to class, you will feel better than if you had arrived a few minutes late.

  1. Take Notes

It will help you focus, stay awake, and engage in class. Review your notes when you are more awake to help you recall what you had learned in class.

  1. If you didn’t eat breakfast or drink coffee, make sure you do so.

You need your energy.

  1. Power Nap

If you feel too tired to function, sleep if you can. You will thank yourself later. Your mind will be clearer, and your mood will be brighter.

  1. Make the Most Out of Your Morning

Since you’re awake, use the morning to study or get something done. You will be more productive if you use your time wisely.

How to Make the Most Out of Your College Years

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After a year on campus, I have learned from friends and upperclassmen what has made the greatest impact on the college experience. Here are tips that will help you make endless memories and enjoy these four years of your life.

  1. Live on Campus

When you live on campus, the proximity to campus events, other students, and local activities means you will be more likely to be involved in your school and make friends more easily. Living in the dorms will help you create community on campus with other students who are both similar to and different from you.

  1. Study Abroad or Take a GSL Trip

Within the course of my freshman year, I cannot express how many people recommended taking a GSL (Global Service Learning) Trip. It is on my list. Studying abroad allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, explore a different country, and an opportunity to bound with other students on the trip.

  1. Attend a Sports Event

Sports events are as much a school pride activity as it is a social one. Looking back on the year, I have made many memories with my friends at sports games. Even if you’re not a sports fan, come to a couple games with your friends to support your school.

  1. Take a Class Because It’s Interesting

Your college years are a time for you to indulge yourself in a diverse pool of experiences before going into the real world, including your courses. Take courses outside your major to expand your knowledge and experience. This past semester, I took the course Acting for the Musical and had the opportunity to join the school’s musical, West Side Story. It had been a great experience to learn acting and singing techniques, have a couple classes in NYC, and have the opportunity to perform the musical off-Broadway next fall.

  1. Get to Know Your Professors

Professors are experts in their fields and have a wide-range of experience. They will surprise you with their stories and what they have accomplished. Also, professors could give you career ideas and help you make connections.

  1. Make Friends with Your Complete Opposite

Going into college, I thought I would find more people who are like-minded and with similar interests than in high school. However, I soon learned that people who think differently than me, have different beliefs, and come from a different background have made a tremendous impact on me. I have learned more about myself and branched out from my comfort zone.

  1. Join an Organization

Join other people who are committed to something you love and believe in. You will make connections and friends. It will help you gain experience that will help you in your future, whether personally or professionally.

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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 minor before the spring semester, and it was the best decision for my course of study and goals. My combination of areas of study allows me more freedom to expand my knowledge and experience. I love what I am studying, and I look forward to applying the knowledge I have gained throughout college and into my future.

Changing majors can open new opportunities, a new academic path, and a new perspective for your career and future. If you are questioning if you made the right choice or curious about other options, here are five helpful tips:

  1. Ask yourself what you truly love doing.
  2. Explore different departments.

Explore various departments’ course catalogs online and note what you like or don’t like about the majors. You will then be able to sort through your options more easily.

  1. Meet the department head(s).

Pick the major or majors that most interest you and schedule an appointment with the department head(s). Ask questions about the majors. Relate the majors to yourself and what you see yourself doing. The department heads will tell you what is expected from the majors, and you will have a better understanding of the programs and their opportunities.

  1. If you are still unsure, take classes outside of your current major.

A class you take may inspire you for your future and career.

  1. Ask yourself what you enjoy studying.

This is honestly the best advice I can give you. Do not ask yourself what you are good at doing, but what you enjoy doing. Your college courses will teach you the skills, but you need to know what you enjoy or see yourself doing in your future. This is not to say that you must choose your profession in order to choose your degree. Choose your degree first.

A few last thoughts…

When deciding on a major, ask yourself what you want to be prepared for after college, the skills you want to have, and what you enjoy studying. Love your program of study and love what you are doing. When you realize this, you will know that you are on the right track.

 

Advice for Incoming Freshmen from a Current Freshman

Sarah and her friends in the Honors Program take a trip to Lincoln Center, NYC

Sarah and her friends in the Honors Program take a trip to Lincoln Center, NYC

Dear incoming freshmen,

I know how you are feeling right now because not too long ago I was in the same position. I get it — you are a mix of feelings ranging from excitement to nervousness to abhorring the bittersweet goodbyes you know you will need to make. In other words, you are a mess, but in the best way possible. You have a new future ahead.

However, I don’t know your individual situation. Here’s mine: I couldn’t wait to graduate high school. By the beginning of my junior year, I yearned for the adult life that comes with college, and frankly I was ready for a change. Yet, my senior year prepared me for college in ways I couldn’t be more thankful for. I learned how to make sacrifices for other people, but I also learned what was important in my life and what my priorities were.

My advice to you? Enjoy your last months before college and be thankful for your high school years. Spend time with your family and friends. Above all, embrace your future. College will challenge and change you, but don’t let this intimidate you because it is a good thing.

I believe that it is in God’s plan for my life to be at Nyack College. From the very beginning, I had peace and was not afraid. I hope that during your time before college, you will also have peace.

I also encourage you to have an open mind. Do not go into college with an abundance of expectations, but instead approach college with goals, like what do you want out of college? Or, what do you want to accomplish during college? Know that goals can and will change because you are growing and learning. Don’t be afraid of your dreams because dreams are intended to be big. You need to have something to reach for.  Be confident, and do not doubt yourself. Be brave.

I have heard it said that college is an in-between period of adolescence and adulthood, in which you decide what you really want for yourself and life. There may be truth in this statement, but I believe that college and life is what you make it. Don’t put yourself in the confines of a box, but instead break the box. (Keep in mind that as I am writing to you, I am also writing to myself.)

Lastly, I do not know if college will be what many people call “the best four years of your life,” but I do know that so far for me it has been one of the greatest/craziest times in my life and that is a good thing.

With much love,

Sarah Dunlap, a Current Freshman

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Book Bucket List

bookI believe that one of the best ways to grow as a person, both in personal and spiritual maturity, is to read. If you let them, books can challenge your belief system, as well as show you parts of yourself that you’ve never known existed. Since I am almost finished with my freshman year of college, I have developed a book bucket list for the next year as I start my twenties. My goal for this next year is to become the person I want to become. I want to challenge myself, be bold and ambitious, and grow closer to God. Of course, reading books may not necessarily make me become the person I want to become, but they will inspire me to become a stronger, braver, and wiser person.

I chose the books enumerated below for my bucket list for several reasons: 1.) Many of the books deal with issues that come with adulthood and growing up. 2.) They are books that will challenge my views. 3.) I want to know some of the greatest classic and modern works in literature.  4.) Some of the books I have always wanted to read, and I figure it is the perfect time to finally read them. 5.) By reading works from successful writers, I want to learn from them and develop my writing skills.

Check out my Book Bucket List, and maybe you’ll find your next summer read.

  1. Speedboat by Renata Adler
  2. Ten Days in a Mad House by Nelly Bly
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
  5. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  7. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote
  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. The Last Thing He Wanted by Joan Didion
  11. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doeer
  12. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  13. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  14. The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald
  17. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  18. A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  19. Dancing on my Grave by Gelsey Kirkland
  20. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  21. 1984 by George Orwell
  22. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
  23. The Unabridged Journals by Sylvia Plath
  24. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  25. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  26. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  27. East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  28. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  29. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  30. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

 

Faith on the Field Part Three

Looking back on this past year, it has been a time of changes and challenges. Nonetheless, God has given me joy and peace. While speaking with Nyack College athletes, I have learned that they have also been challenged personally. When their life and sports coincide, they have grown in their spiritual walk and learned to persevere.

Sophomore soccer player Jordan Jansen says, “It’s just been a season of discovering greater trust in my life as I have been walking through a lot of loss and a lot of pain and a lot of change this year, […] and just being in a situation when not everything is going right has caused me to trust in a lot of ways that I didn’t quite expect.”

As her team works through a sports psychologist, they learn to push beyond mental barriers and limits. It has sparked a new fire within her team.

“It’s been actually kind of life changing because it changes instead of when you reach an end point, you don’t say, ‘okay I have to stop.’ You say, ‘I’m going to give everything I have and push beyond this limit.’ I think it’s there there’s growth, and I think that’s applicable for every area of life,” says Jansen.

It is how we respond to challenges that speaks the most about our character.

Sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott believes that God provides all he needs both in his races and life. As a way to give back to God what he has given him, Trott hopes to show others his faith.

“A huge part of integrating my faith is really to be set on God and keeping Him as the focus […] and trying to use my race and my workout efforts and practices as an effort to glorify Him and show my appreciation in Him, and hopefully show the evidence of His impact on me,” says Trott.

Although playing soccer has been his life saver throughout life, sophomore Storm Glautier believes that his higher purpose is found in God. By keeping his focus on God, he finds balance in life.

“Definitely keep life consistent,” Glautier says, “Don’t let soccer rule your life; don’t let school rule your life. Make sure you have a both end mentality where everything needs to come together as one. […] Make sure that faith and family come first before everything else.”

One of the greatest freedoms God gives us is to give ourselves — all that we have been, are, and ever will be — to Him.

By dedicating her sport and life to God, junior cross country runner Trisha Frazer has found that even when situations are uncomfortable and challenging, her faith has taught her to persevere.

“When you dedicate something to God, He will blow your mind,” says Frazer.

Through their willingness to learn from their challenges and losses, the athletes grow in their faith.

No matter if it is in games or life, senior lacrosse player Emily Sigmon believes that the best opportunities to grow in character is when we don’t get what we want.

“It provides a fork in the road: to either get downhearted and give up or come together and strive to press on,” says Sigmon.

Perhaps freshman track runner Benjamin Tse says it best:  “Until you believe you can accomplish something, you aren’t going to accomplish it,” and “If you are willing to push far, you will achieve far.”

James 1:2-4 (NIV)

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Faith on the Field Part Two

Photo credit: Thomas Trott

At Nyack College, athletes form friendships that go beyond the game. They come alongside their teammates as encouragers on and off the field, strengthening one another in their lives and faith.  I believe that community is integral to not only sports teams, but in the Christian’s walk. As Christian athletes, students at Nyack College desire a team that emphasizes a community built on faith and that models the character of Christ.

Senior lacrosse player Emily Sigmon believes that the atmosphere of being on a team with other Christians has given her not only freedom in her sport, but in life.

Sigmon says, “[It] has really helped me realize that my identity is not in how well I can play lacrosse, but found first and foremost in who I am in Christ.”

As a team, being centered on a common purpose or goal generates genuine unity.

By talking about faith with other athletes, sophomore track and cross country runner Stefani Ritter has found that it allows her, as well as her team, to grow their bond and faith with one another. Their purpose as teammates becomes greater, as they build each other in their faith.

“I think being on a team with other athletes who are also Christian creates a completely different environment than being on a team where you don’t talk about faith,” says Ritter.

Attending a Christian college, as well as being on a sports team at a Christian college, opens opportunities to ask questions about faith with other students who are also developmentally and spiritually growing.

Sophomore soccer player Storm Glautier says that the moment in the past season that his faith grew most was when his friend and he lead a teammate to Christ.

Glautier explains, “[He] was like, ‘Look, you guys […] are Christians and you follow faith, and I’ve been watching you guys, and I see that you guys have fun and are happy without doing worldly things, and I want to be just like you guys, and I want to follow Jesus.’ […] We were like, ‘Dude, we are proud of you. That is amazing.’”

Many of the athletes believe that their conduct as Christians sets them a part from other athletes.

“I know that I am representing my Christian school too, so I want to show that I’m different, you know I’m just not a typical athlete,” says freshman track runner Benjamin Tse.

Through his sportsmanship and personal character, sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott desires to show God in his life.

“I want to represent a member of what I hope to be — a good, loving, God-faithful community,” says Trott.

The athletes recognize that their attitude and character extends beyond their teammates.

On the soccer field, sophomore Jordan Jansen explains that she expresses her faith by showing love to her opponents: “[…] learning to love in competition, so that I can look at the other player on the other team and not have a hatred but rather see them as a child of God or as someone that God loves rather than a rival.”

By representing Christ in their character, the athletes’  love speaks louder than their words.

2 Peter 1:5-7 (NIV)

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Faith on the Field Part One

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After meeting several of the Nyack College athletes, they each have personally inspired me in their reliance on God to push through the challenges they face in both their sport and life. They have shown me what it means to stay dedicated, persevere, and to glorify God in life and sports.

Junior cross country runner Trisha Frazer believes that running is only made possible through God.  “It is physically I need God to run and give me the energy to do so,” says Frazer. She continues, “If you are running for yourself, you are going to get burned out.  If you are running for others, the expectations will weigh too much upon you. If you run for God, you will have the strength.”

Frazer’s reliance on God, I believe, is an example of living by faith. Just as strength and energy is needed to complete a race, so it is in life through every high and low.

As junior basketball player Naanma Yamsat says, “Something either defines you or brings you down.” Yamsat believes that no matter how the season goes, “the one thing that stays constant is God always.”

It is through challenges and opposition that some of the greatest lessons in life are learned.

“Even if you don’t get the victory that day, He has a bigger plan in motion,” says sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott.

Both Trott and Yamsat’s focus on God to see the greater good in their sport is a mindset that extends beyond the game. It is a worldview built on having a greater hope.

For freshman track runner Benjamin Tse, running is more than a sport but a way to connect with God. “Running for God’s glory to me means to have my motives for God every time… It’s not all about track but about your growth in God,” says Tse.

Tse’s desire to grow in God through running exemplifies that one of the greatest ways God reveals himself is through our passions and talents.

Sophomore soccer player Storm Glautier’s love for God is evident in both how he plays his sport and how he chooses to live. “Now, I know that I’m playing for an audience of one. It’s never about me,” and “it’s all for Him,” says Glautier.

Soccer gives Glautier the opportunity to not only serve God with the ability God has given him, but as a way to worship God. “I’m just free… and I don’t need to think about anything else. It’s like a private getaway in my own world, while I’m doing what I love and worshipping God while I do,” says Glautier.

It is through our faith and how we live that God can be revealed in us. These athletes desire to grow not only in their sport as team members, but they also desire to grow in Christ.

1 John 2:5-6, 8 (NIV)

5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

 

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