Online classes provide a luxury to college students today. That luxury is long weekends; or in my case, VERY long weekends. I used my recent days off of classes to travel with my sister and some friends to the most magical place on earth–that’s right– Disney World. Between Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and (my personal favorite) Magic Kingdom, one thing really stood out to me: Disney prides itself on providing an extremely immersive atmosphere.
This idea of an immersive atmosphere is intriguing. Let me explain: When you visit either of Disney’s locations, they aim to make you feel like you’re in another world. How? By making everything you see, touch, and experience, fit one theme– Disney. From transportation to the shape of your food, it’s all Disney all the time. Let me be the first to tell you, it works! I felt relaxed, entertained, and immersed.
But this idea of being completely immersed in something really made me think. What do I, as a college student, find myself immersed in? School work? Friends? My future? Unfortunately, all of those things take up a lot of my attention, but I think the Nyack community helps to fight that. I have found Nyack to be very internationally centered. Because of this, students learn to have a very “big picture” view of the world. Many of my friends at other schools eat, breathe, and live their college communities. This is all well and good until you graduate and the safety net you’ve had for the last 4 years slips out from under you. Nyack College as a whole is very intentional about their students investing in each others’ lives as well as joining together to be invested in the people outside of the campus property.
This is not as easy as it sounds. I wish it was, but it’s not. Being selfless and constantly pouring into people takes a lot of energy, and you need to be able to get that from somewhere outside yourself. One of my favorite songs of all time says, ”As the deer panteth for the water, so my soul longeth after thee. I love you more than any other, so much more than anything“. These lyrics touch my soul every time I hear or sing them. God needs to be our everything! When we love Him above all else, we become more and more like Jesus. When that happens, our desires become His desires and as he promises, He will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalm 37:4). His heart of service will completely envelop and overtake us until we eat, breathe, and live it. Soon enough, our total immersion in Him becomes a lifestyle of love, service, and capability that we never could have imagined.