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Nyack College, through its undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs, pursues its historic mission of preparing men and women to ”take the whole Gospel to the whole world.”

Students in the Graduate School of Counseling Get More Than They Bargained For

AGSC two women with brochure“I’m a different person than I was when I came here!”  As I walked the halls of the graduate campus, showing a perspective student our campus and introducing her to some of our current students, it struck me how each student I saw, commented on a similar theme.   Each student came here to study counseling.  What they received became so much more than just earning a degree.   It changed their lives.

Don’t get me wrong.  Alliance Graduate School of Counseling does a great job with their master’s in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy.  But what God does with each student’s story changes everything.  Students begin to make sense of past wounds and develop the ability to move on.  Courage grows, stuck areas are addressed, and new freedom is experienced.   A perspective is “reframed” to gain added insight.   Things begin to make sense that didn’t make sense before.

One student said: “As a newlywed who instantly became a mother of three children, I felt overwhelmed and inadequate as a new wife and mom.  In the counseling program here, I learned information that helps couples step into new roles in a way that builds strength in relationships.  In teaching me to help others, I was actually learning how to help myself.  This program has not just made me a better person it made me a better wife and mother.”

AGSC womanGod met her here, in her place of need.

What’s your story?  Are you hoping to make your life count and make sense beyond what you currently see?  Do you have a passion for bringing healing to wounded people?  Come check out Alliance Graduate School of Counseling if you answered “yes” to either of these questions.   As my pastor often says, “God does what He does for His glory, other’s good, and your joy.”    Maybe that idea is developed here.  Maybe you’re one of the people I’ll see in the hall who echoes a similar theme.   “God changed my life while I was at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling.”  Maybe you’ll go out from here, bringing the same hope and healing to others.  Make your story count!  Dream big dreams, take small steps.  Allow God to use your life’s defining moments for His glory, other’s good, and your joy.

Luanne McGann works at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling  and Light the Way Counseling Center as a Marriage and Family Therapist.  She is a 2013 graduate of AGSC.

 

Is Nyack College Right for YOU

You may ask yourself if Nyack College is right for you.  You might wonder what it is like to attend a Christian college.  Or you may wonder about the benefits of a small liberal arts college in New York.  But really you have to ask yourself if Nyack and you are a good fit.  90% of our freshmen say that their experience here was good and excellent.  But before they even came to Nyack, they had to think honestly about what our college is and who they are as well.

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Schools like Dominican or Houghton may come to mind but Nyack is different for many reasons.  We were founded in 1882 and are a college devoted to exalting Jesus Christ through global awareness, personal education, and professional work.

When students feel stressed and overwhelmed by coursework or real life tragedy, it’s not unusual for faculty and peers to stop everything—and pray.  Worship brings us closer to God and to the calling He has for us.  Each week, we have a chapel schedule that allows faculty and students to come together as a community of Christians.  We sing and socialize, we catch up and take time to thank Jesus for everything He has given us 

We have two Campuses

Nyack College was founded in New York City.  Our roots as a seminary and Christian and Missionary Alliance institution began in historic downtown.  Since the late 19th century our school has grown to include two campuses.

At 2 Washington Street, we’ve just moved into brand-new classrooms with gorgeous views over the river.  Our famous neighbors include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Trinity Chapel, and the Freedom Tower.

In Nyack, New York, our administrative and academic buildings are perched on a hillside overlooking the Hudson River and the artisanal town of Nyack.  If you like outdoor adventures, you’re steps away from hiking, biking, and kayaking.  Just 40 minutes north of Manhattan, this campus is the gateway to upstate New York and a quick drive to Times Square.

New Programs

From our adult programs to our brand new Nursing Department, Nyack College keeps our academics up to date in response to modern-day workforce needs.  Online and evening classes permit students to pursue their degrees while working full time or raising a family.

Scholarships and Grants

We pride ourselves in helping students, not just academically and spiritually but also financially.  Last year we awarded over $9 million in awards and this year we continue to offer dozens of scholarships for students who are attending our school.  If you are a transfer student, a music lover, or even have a sibling already attending Nyack, then you may be eligible for one of our scholarships.  Check them out!

Multi-Cultural and Multi-National Student Body

Nyack College is purposefully multi-cultural.  Our students speak dozens of languages and come to our school from Asia, Africa, and Europe.  We share ideas and work together to not just learn academically but spiritually.

 

Benefits of Attending the Manhattan Commuter Campus

Many people wonder what it’s like to attend a commuter campus.  They wonder what the college experience will be like if there are no dorms.  Our students at Nyack NYC see things in a different way.  They see the myriad of benefits that commuting to class provide.  Here’s a short list of what life at Nyack is like when you are a commuting NYC student.  Let us know if we missed anything.

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The biggest advantage of commuting to our Battery Park campus is of course the ability to save money while living at home.  Family support is a top factor in academic success.  But your mom and dad don’t have to sign away their life savings.  By living with them or other relatives for as long as possible, New York City students can save tens of thousands from their tuition bill.

Cool Digs with Roommates Around the City

Many students prefer living on their own with friends.  One great benefit of living off campus is that you can choose your roommates AND where you live.  New York City is an enclave of culture and choice.  Depending on your tastes and budget, you can commute to class from Harlem, Queens and Brooklyn.  We even have students attending class from New Jersey.  With friends, you can choose the lifestyle that suits you best.

Internships and Practicum are Exactly Where You Want Them

If you are a student enrolled in a program with a practicum or internship requirement, the New York City campus is the perfect launchpad.  Business students will find companies willing to take them under their wings—sometimes right in the financial heart of Manhattan.  If you’re an education student, you’ll be able to experience several types of schools from small to large, private and public.  The experience is invaluable and the connections you’ll make will help you get a job later on.

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In the city, you can really set your roots firmly in the urban culture because you are not tied to a campus.  Cafes, clubs, and art galleries abound all over the boroughs.  By hopping on a bus or train, you’re free to enjoy them all.

Explore the Christian Community

As an urban environment, New York City offers an intricate network of Christian churches and organization where you can volunteer and become part of the local community.  Inside these groups, you’ll find great people to connect with and future contacts for when you graduate.

On this blog, we’ve talked about how to get money to college.  We’ve discussed assistantships on campus, need-based grants and even government programs that will pay you to get your bachelor’s degree.  But one great secret to an affordable college education is to simply attend a commuter campus.  Ask us about our programs at our Manhattan Commuter Campus.

Upon Arrival in Paris for the International Leadership Summit by Envision

By Daniel Ortiz, Admissions Counselor, Rockland Campus

“I’m praying that by the end of our time together in Paris, you will have encountered God in a powerful way. I’m praying that in three years from now, you’ll be able to look back at ILS as one of the most profound experiences God used to help shape you and inform your service to Him.” This excerpt from an email by Ben Stewart, the director of Envision, was sent to eight different Nyack students and alumni last December. We were selected to attend the international leadership summit hosted by the group Envision in Paris, France!

international leadership summitEnvision is a group through the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Their goal is to raise up the next generation for kingdom change by empowering, teaching and sending out those who are interested in international work. What started with short term missions trips has turned into many international sites in major cities across the world that find the greatest needs in those cities and unleash an impact for kingdom change. This international leadership summit was a way to get connected with people who are interested in taking a role in the process of spreading the gospel of Jesus through service, teaching and by simply being.

IMG_2568.JPGThere were a few hurdles that quickly arose for the group that was selected from Nyack College. We were told there would be a blind schedule, so we quickly wondered, “How can we prepare for an event that could potentially change our lives if we don’t know what to expect?” We decided to meet as a group and discuss our concerns and problems we might be facing. Dr. Martin Sanders, the head of the doctor of ministry program at the Alliance Theological Seminary agreed to meet with us to not only give us advice on what to expect, but how to capitalize on such a unique opportunity. We met at the Nehlson residence, the home of Nyack College international workers in the past. We were able to not only get solid advice and leadership skills from Dr. Sanders, but also fellowship and get to know the people we would be spending 10 days in Paris with. This time of discussion and prayer was crucial for our preparation. We learned how to adapt to the rich and unique culture of the Parisians and also how to make use of all the ministry experiences we would have. By the end of our session, we felt equipped and ready to begin the journey.

CTA button for Blog UGAfter a six hour red-eye flight, we landed in Charles De Gaulle Airport and there was no time to catch our breath because we started the amazing race! Envision planned a race that would begin the second we dropped our luggage at our hotel. We were given a list of over 15 different landmarks and famous cites in Paris, each given a different value in a point system. We had to go to each site, take a picture with our group and finally return to the end point the Arc de Triomphe. The group with the most points would win a free boat ride on la Seine River through Paris.

IMG_2770.JPGIt was an awesome way to see all the sights of Paris and also get to know the metro system. The group from Nyack was split into two different cohorts and we ended up taking 1st and 3rd place. What a great way to start our adventure in Paris and also show what Nyack college students are made of! This experience gave us a small window of vision to all the places we would eventually see and lead ministry in from the American church of Paris to the many smaller local churches we would attend and just get to know the people of Paris. We were exhausted by the end of the first day, but we were also thrilled to see what would happen the rest of our eight days and most importantly what lessons opportunities God had in store for us.

 

 

 

7 Things Incoming Freshmen Should Consider Doing This Summer

Some of you thought that you wouldn’t have made it through high school but you did! As you say farewell to high school it’s time to get ready to embark on a new chapter! We know that you want to celebrate and have fun all summer before you head off to college. We, here at Nyack College, want you to know that the summer before college is very important! Below you will find a few things that we think incoming freshman students should consider doing this summer:

1. Secure summer employment

Making extra money is always a good thing! By getting summer employment you can begin to build up your resume and gain work experience. Not only will you make money and gain experience but you will also gain valuable skills. Some of these skills are time management, responsibility, as well as enhancing your critical thinking and leadership skills.

2. Learn to manage your money

We feel that this is one of the most important lessons you will learn in college. If you can get a head start on budgeting that would be great! In college, you will now be spending money on food, transportation, entertainment as well various things for your dorm. – It can all get a little pricey!

3. Take a summer course

Your first year of college can be one of the most difficult! You are learning new material on a higher level and at a different pace than in high school. You are also adjusting to college life, making new friends, and becoming independent. Start college with a few credits under your belt and even lessen your course load. You can take classes at a community college them transfer them to Nyack.

4. Reach out to your roommates

Once you receive information from your college on whom your roommate or roommates will be, use the contact information provided or look them up on Facebook to arrange a meet-up. When you reach out to them you should discuss what dorm room supplies you will each purchase so you can avoid buying duplicate items.

5. Attend events and activities for incoming students

You should make it a priority to attend your college’s orientation, events organized by student development, or any activities that are put together for incoming students. At these events this is where you can meet/make new friends, familiarize yourself with the campus, and check out the surrounding areas.

6. Be pro-active-from the start

Birds are not going to come from the sky and bring you “manna”. Once you start, the best strategy you should implement is to make connections with everybody. Once classes begin (or even before they do if you are on campus or have time to go by and visit), get name/s, email/s telephone number/s of the people in every department throughout (i.e. Admissions, registrar’s, bursar’s, and the department secretary of your major-if you have declared one). This shows great initiative and enthusiasm which separates you from the pack. Trust that this strategy will be very helpful once the ball starts rolling.

7. Make time to get in shape or stay in shape

So you are already active and play sports, great. If you don’t do any type of exercise, sports, now more than ever, is a good time to start. Exercise has too many benefits to list here, but one of the top reasons is that your self-esteem will shoot through the roof. It is simply just good for you. Go ahead and buy those cool running Nike shoes. Planet fitness, o.k. or better yet, your school’s gym is free for you to use, check out open-community use hours.

VIDEO: 131st Nyack College Commencement with Lord Edmiston, Roma Downey, and Mark Burnett

In 2014, we are proud to graduate a new class of Nyack alumni.  Below you can watch the speeches from our honorary doctors of letters.  For the full playlist, please visit our Nyack College Youtube playlist: Commencement 2014.  Enjoy!

If have questions about our programs and degrees, please feel free to ask for more information! 

Adult Students: Surrendering to the process could be your key to success

As adults we seldom want someone to tell us what to do. As adult degree seekers, it may be precisely what we need.

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The last twenty years have seen adults head back into classrooms at an impressive rate.  Many return after a decade or more of being in the workforce, raising families, serving in the military and other pursuits that exercise the skills we build doing the things adults do. You know—AUTONOMY! We juggle the plans and make the decisions and determinations that make us masters of our own destinies! Enter adult education, and some of that might have to change—at least for a little while.

 

Years ago, adult students came back to institutions that didn’t really know what to do with this odd lot that had full-time careers, families to care for, soccer games to keep track of  and very little downtime! Fortunately, good colleges have become adept at serving the non-traditional student population with degree formats, timelines and pacing strategies that make adult education goals achievable to students who are willing to sacrifice a little bit of control and let the process be their guide.

 

Nyack College offers Adult Degree Completion Programs and graduate degrees in Organizational Leadership (MSOL) and Business Administration (MBA) with the adult student in mind.  The authors of these thoughtfully constructed programs strive to deliver quality content while considering the time frame students have to process it and incorporate it into a durable skill set that will serve them far beyond graduation.

 

Program deans, directors, professors and mentors have an eye for student success. They are also keenly aware of the stumbling blocks students can encounter if they, like the Y-Wing flier in Star Wars, running the gauntlet to the Death Star reactor, fail to STAY ON TARGET! STAY ON TARGET!—Okay, that was a little dramatic, but students will find that program leaders have a keen focus on staying on track. It’s part of the process. Surrender to it!

 

The plain truth is, programs geared for adults are often delivered in an accelerated format with non-traditional schedules (evenings, weekends) and even the most organized and self-directed professional may need some guidance while adjusting to a daily regimen that now includes homework—not their kid’s— but their own!

 

Nyack’s program leaders engage students in frank discussions about goal setting, time management and prioritizing.  This way, degree seekers don’t make the mistake of assuming that adult education is a watered down, Cliff Notes version of smarter, longer and more rigorous traditional programs. That is a misconception that causes some eager, but unprepared adults to go into the process with a faulty perception of the quality and quantity of work they’ll need to produce in order to succeed at earning their degree.

 

If you’re in a program that’s worthy of your time, effort and money, you should feel pushed to succeed. Just remember, your hard work and sacrifice will be for now, but your degree—your accomplishment, will be forever!

 

Traci Piescki

MBA/MSOL

Attending the Alliance Theological Seminary

-A Personal Essay by Eric Hoke, graduate of the Alliance Theological Seminary: In 2012, I sensed that God was calling me to continue my education. I was a youth pastor in New Jersey, married for a few years and ready for the next challenge. There were undoubtedly multiple seminaries to choose from and it took a considerable amount of time, prayer and effort to find the place where I fit. After attending an Open House at the Alliance Theological Seminary, learning about the seminary’s mission to educate not just the mind, but to transform the heart and not just for academia but for the church and the nations, I knew this was the place for me.

alliance theological seminary eric hokeIn my last year of my time at the Alliance Theological Seminary, my life circumstances seemed to be stacking up perfectly. I was weeks from my graduation as well as ordination in my denomination—two landmarks I had been working tirelessly to for years. I had landed my dream job as a youth pastor at a large church in New York City. I was ecstatic, all my hard work was paying off and I was so excited for this next season of my life. It seemed like nothing could have gone wrong.

My wife and I said goodbye to a great church and community where we had spent the last four years and began our trek from suburbia to the big city. After unpacking our UHAUL and settling into our new apartment, we began our new jobs and lives with minimal stress all things considered.

Unfortunately everything came to a screeching halt within our first week there.

My supervisor and I had a miscommunication in regards to expectations and my employment was terminated immediately!

I was crushed, heartbroken and in despair. Everything was stacking up perfectly… how could this have happened?

My mind fell into a panic; we were in the most expensive city in the country, and given 3 weeks to find a new place to live with only my wife’s salary and hardly any money put away. It was an incredible amount of trial and pressure, like nothing I had ever experienced in my lifetime.

But in the midst of it all, God provided encouragement, grace and support through the community at ATS.

My professors and classmates were all aware of my transition and I cannot count the number of times I had to explain how my position abruptly fell through. Each time I explained my circumstance to someone in the ATS community, they were empathetic, offering prayer and encouragement. Some bought me food as we took evening classes together. Others would call me outside of class to pray for me. One even offered to let my wife and I live in their apartment until we found a new place!

It was both humbling and overwhelming to see the way in which my seminary family gathered around me in the hardest trial I ever endured.  I don’t know if I would have made it without them. It reminded me why I chose to earn a seminary degree from Alliance Theological Seminary—not just for the academic excellence or the heart for mission, but because the community also cares for my soul. As I walked across the stage on Saturday, I felt honored to be a part of such a special place and thank God for each person that I’ve come across in my journey here. I expected to receive an education, but what I found was a family.

Important Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Major in College

Many high school students wonder about what to study in college.  They ask themselves what degree will interest me?  Which major will lead to a good job?  What concentration should I choose once I’m accepted?  After choosing your school, picking a major is one of the most important choices you’re going to have to make in college. Many students have almost no idea what they’re getting into when they declare a major. To help you be an informed student, here are 8 questions to ask yourself:

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1. Why am I interested in this major? Most students pick a major because someone else (ie: a family member) think it’s not a bad idea or worse.  Your best friend thinks it’s easy enough. But you should also know what you value. Are your values personal, parental, cultural, theological or financial? It’s also important to do self-exploration and your interest should not be because your parents want you to make lots of money or because they majored in it and want you to follow in their footsteps.

2. Have I done research about this major and know what the requirements are? When you think about some majors they sound like fun, but you quickly realize what it takes and you begin to change your mind. You should ask yourself am I willing to put all the work that it takes to be successful in this major. It is also important to research the job market for the specific major you choose. Also thinking through some of the mundane tasks you may need to do on a daily basis. Some majors lead to jobs that will always be in demand: such as education, nursing and criminal justice. Others may require grads to continue onto a master’s degree level.

3. Is the college that I will attend strong in this major? Take a look at the alumni profiles and achievements within their respective fields as well as the professors published works and experience.  If you haven’t used Linked In, open an account.  This social network collects data on colleges and their alumni.  You can really see who graduates with what degree and where they work.  Also look to see what internships and job placements are offered for that major.

4. What are the career opportunities for this major? After graduating will you be able to get an entry level job. Is their mobility in this industry? Basically is there room for you to grow and to advance? Also consider the financial rewards (bonuses, pay increases, mobility and prestige)

5. Is this the right-and-only-major for my career path? Students usually make the mistake thinking that there is only way. For example, to become a lawyer you do not need a pre-law degree. You can take Political Science, English or Criminal Justice. To become a doctor you do not need to a pre-med degree. You can major in History, English, Psychology, etc. and just take the science courses needed to get into medical school.

6. Have I talked with someone about this major? You should think about job shadowing and or volunteering. Job shadowing allows you to observe professionals on the job and get insight into the practical side of a particular career. Certain employers, like hospitals, schools, police departments and non-profit organizations are often happy to have volunteers. Volunteering gets you exposed to different work environments.

7. Would I be good in this major? You should know your strengths and weaknesses as well as understand the difference between passion vs. gifting. There are also tests you can take like the Myer Briggs Type Indicator or Strong Interest Inventory.

8. Is this the right time to declare a major? Don’t feel rushed! Majority of college students today change their majors a few times. You should definitely take the core classes as you continue your career and major exploration.

2 Washington St NYC NyackWe hope this gives you better insight into college and choosing a major.  Remember that this process takes time and you have the right to ask questions.  Need more information?  Feel free to contact us with your questions.  We’re always available here on the New York City campus or on the Rockland campus.

Nyack College goes to YoungLife Camp

Written by Jill Constantinou

Over this spring, 50 staff and students from Nyack College ascended on Lake Champion, a YoungLife serving at NyackCamp located about two hours from our Rockland campus. For each of the three weekends, Nyack students served on work crews as kitchen cooks, dish crew, or wait staff for the C&MA Metro Youth District Spring Retreats. Each weekend, over 500 high school and middle school students came to get away and meet with God. The purpose for our Nyack College students going was not prayer ministry or lead games but instead to work!

Young life campFor those of you who have never been on a YoungLife work crew, let me give you a run down of what that means.  Basically from the time you arrive (Friday 8pm) to the time you leave (Sunday 1pm), you are living in the kitchen except for 6 hours of sleep each night and a 2-hour break Saturday afternoon. Now this does sound like lots of standing and hard work, but we also had fun laughing and getting to know our fellow Nyack classmates. During free time, we utilized the ropes course, the three-person ‘Screamer’ swing (which I highly recommend) and mattress-surfed down stairs with multiple riders (which I don’t recommend).

work crew at campOne of the highlights of being able to work together was seeing everyone’s giftings and helping each other out. I really was able to see the Body of Christ in action!  When I got overwhelmed, I would look to Amanda who would be dancing or posing with food (within food safety regulations, see picture above). If I needed motivation, I would look to Ralf and Justin who might be pushing each other around in a garbage can or tossing boxes of cereal to each other- though, not at the same time.

image_8However, what spoke most to me was the care and concern that the Nyack College students had for those they were serving. It didn’t matter if we were carrying tray after tray of heavy spaghetti to a table of hungry middle school boys or washing dishes alongside the high school girl who is struggling in finding a place to belong at school.  Nyack students exemplified the love of Christ in Mathew 25:40 “Truly, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (NIV).

image_7At the end of each weekend, we walked away thoroughly exhausted but also with a sense of accomplishment and many new friendships. These weekends really allowed Nyack students to shine.  I saw students who were pushed out of the comfort zone and they didn’t complain! Instead, they exemplified servant leadership and the ability to love others. The campers probably did not realize all the work these weekends require, but if Nyack College students are able to make a difference in even one person’s life- the cost is absolutely worth it!

So next spring, #nyacktakeslakechampion2 – are you in?

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The First Steps Back to College After 20 Years

-A personal essay by Pamela Simpson.

Sometimes taking that first step is the hardest thing to do. Letting go of the fear of falling or failing, keeps too many of us from trying, and ultimately, from succeeding. This is very common among adults considering returning to school. But sometimes we face our fears, be it by force or simply our own choice, and like a baby…we learn to walk….we succeed.

Pamela (2nd from left) with Cohort 543 who will complete their degrees in August!

Pamela (3rd from left) cheering on Cohort 543 who will complete their degrees in August!

I was one of those adults. I thought I would’ve completed my bachelor’s degree long ago. Life got in my way, and I never did. Then, I became a casualty of the economy. I’d been laid-off, and was unable to compete in the job market without my bachelor’s degree. With my years of experience and my Associate’s degree, I couldn’t believe that I’d hit a wall in terms of attaining gainful employment.

Disbelief and anger set in first; then, the acknowledgement of the reality of it all. My anger became action. I couldn’t accept settling, so after some research, I enrolled in Nyack College’s Bachelor’s Degree Completion program. I wondered if I could succeed after being away from school for so many years, and whether I should even try.  But, I knew I had to. I jumped in, with all my fears and excitement. Before long the excitement thrived and the fear died. This is not to say that it was an easy journey; it wasn’t.

Six months after the first lay-off, I took the first job I could find (though underemployed), keeping with the thinking that it’s easier to find a job when you’re employed. It wasn’t. Without my bachelor’s degree, I was out of the running, and becoming gainfully employed seemed out of reach.

In the first six months of the 12-month degree completion program, I found myself immensely challenged and overwhelmed, working 40 hours a week, participating in my (then) 12-year old son’s schooling and extracurricular activities, the day to day tasks of family life, and now, a student myself after many years.

OM CTA buttonLosing that job six months later didn’t make things any easier. The demands of working had been lifted, but were replaced with the emotional and psychological impact of being unemployed and unable to find a job. Either my experience made me over qualified, or lack of a bachelor’s degree disqualified me.  Working, not working, taking care of my family and going to school, all were enough to make me quit, but I didn’t. Yes, it was challenging! But in the greater scheme of things, it was quick, just one night a week for one year and absolutely doable.  I’m glad I took that first step. I’m glad I dove in, and thus, graduated in 2011 (after being away from school for 20 plus years).

By making that phone call and seeing it through, I’ve opened doorways to achieving greater things. Now, I never have to say “I should finish my bachelor’s degree.” Now, I can say what’s next.  Thanks to Nyack College’s adult friendly, supportive bachelor’s degree completion program, I’ve attained personal gratification and, opened up educational and career pathways for myself. Now I’m doing something that I absolutely love.  I help inspire other adults to take that first step, to push past the fear associated with change, and to persevere. I support students along their college path so that they too can gain a sense of personal gratification through finishing their bachelor’s degree.  I tell them that they can turn “to do” into “DONE” and pave professional, educational and personal pathways for their next journey.

 

Bloggers & Writers Wanted for Our Publication: Life at Nyack

Blogging may be a mystical word for many people getting ready for job- or internship-hunting.  Yes, it is a 21st century skill, highly marketable in today’s economic climate.  Yes, it is something easily learned.  And no, you don’t have to be a techie to get started.  Blogging is writing for the internet (in a nutshell) and our publication, Life at Nyack is looking for New York City and Rockland County students with the passion to help outsiders see into the world of Nyack College.

 

What kind of person makes a good blogger?

The characteristics of a successful blogger vary but all successful bloggers have some things in common.  They are

  • Current students at either the Rockland or New York City campus
  • Passionate about their field of study and their professors
  • Driven to make a difference in their future careers
  • Active on more than one social network, ie: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Diligent about deadlines
  • Able to work on a computer and submit articles on time
  • Great writers
  • Great readers who follow their fellow bloggers’ stories

 

Is blogging difficult?

No.  The hardest part is the writing but our bloggers find inspiration from campus life, chapel, class discussion, field trips, visits home, and class projects.  Sometimes our staff writers even do photo blogs or rather tell their stories through pictures!  Our bloggers take on several responsibilities by:

  • Attending training once a year
  • Submitting one article per week by the given deadline
  • Sharing their stories online with friends/family
  • Continuing to post through the summer and other vacation times

 

Is blogging a paid gig?

YES.  Student bloggers get paid per article and get a nice resume booster too.

 

How do I apply to become a blogger for Life at Nyack?

The application process is simple.  We want to make sure you have good writing skills and more importantly a voice for Nyack.  To get started:

  1. Prepare a writing sample over 400 words which includes one JPG picture that illustrates your article.  The topic can range anything from academic to spiritual.  Think about a story or moment that in reality can define your experience at Nyack College
  2. Send the sample, the photo and a brief introduction of yourself to marketing@nyack.edu
  3. In your email, tell us about:
    1. Your degree major
    2. Graduation date
    3. Campus on which you study
    4. List the social networks you are active on

 

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