Hello everyone! My name is Pierce VanDunk. This is my second year here at Nyack College, but credit-wise I am a Junior. I grew up in Middletown, New York and graduated from Pine Bush High School. I prayed the prayer of salvation at age five, but my faith was restored in the eighth grade.
My major is Biblical and Theological Studies with a concentration in Theology. In other words, I am a big Bible nerd. Nerdy in-depth theological debates are one of my favorite things in the world, and, strangely enough, I actually enjoy doing papers for classes (but only the ones that have to do with the Bible or theology). That enjoyment comes out of my desire to know God as deeply and as fully as possible. One day I want to be a professor at a Christian College teaching Bible classes so that I can share everything that I learn with others.
One of my favorite things to do is play the guitar; I have been playing since I was eleven years old, and I took lessons for three years. The first style I learned to play was the blues. I’ll bet very few of you know anything about B.B. King or Muddy Waters, but musicians like these are my biggest musical influence. I played for my church’s youth worship team while I was in high school, which is where I became very familiar with playing contemporary gospel music. I love to praise God with my guitar, but I still love to play the blues.
One of my least favorite things is how far away I am from my girlfriend. I have been in a relationship since eleventh grade, but my girlfriend Tulia goes to the University at Albany while I am in Nyack. We live around the corner from each other, so it is easy to spend time together on breaks. Unfortunately, the majority of the year is spent apart, but we make it work.
My favorite sports teams are the Mets, the Cowboys, and the Celtics (don’t kill me New Yorkers!). Being a Mets fan is a VanDunk family tradition that goes back as far as anyone alive in my family today can remember. Routing for the Cowboys runs in my mom’s side of the family. The reason I like the Celtics goes back to when I was to young to know anything about basketball. My dad’s first name is Paul, and mine is Pierce; all of you NBA fans out there know about the Celtics’ star small forward Paul Pierce. Ever since I made this connection I have routed for the Celtics. All three of these team choices have brought me ridicule from Yankee, Giant, and Knick fans, but I route for my teams unashamed!
This is my first time as a blogger, and I am happy that I am starting out with Life at Nyack. I’m really looking forward to sharing my ideas, views and experiences with the Nyack population. I also can’t wait to show prospective students what living and studying at Nyack College is really like. Above all, I am really excited to be a part of Life at Nyack!