From Cornfields to Nyack College: Our New Education Blogger

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Hello world, I’d like to introduce myself. Pull up a chair, and pour a steaming cup of coffee. Let’s get to know each other. I’m from the wild cornfields of the Midwest, the kind of place where you feel like you can walk through the horizon. Ten minutes from my house you can stand in the middle of a field surrounded by nothing but plowed earth and waiting, blue, blue sky. In the Midwest you don’t feel like you’re standing on the edge of the earth–you feel like everything is just beginning there. If you can get lost in the millions of people in New York City, you can get lost in the limitless earth of the Midwest.

You might be wondering how someone raised around cornfields ended up going out to school in New York. I ended up at Nyack through a fairly humorous set of circumstances. One summer my parents “strongly suggested” that I sign up to receive college information at LIFE (a church youth conference). I followed this suggestion and dragged myself to the exhibition hall to sign up for college information. The next semester Nyack started sending me all these brightly colored flyers with the faces of English Majors, stories from students, and descriptions of life on the hillside. I noticed how Nyack’s mail focused on people, diversity, service, and how Christ seemed to be at the heart of everything. My dad and I came out to visit the school, and I fell in love with the place: the hillside, the way you can see the Hudson from campus, the way people not only believe in the importance of community but live out that belief, and the way that Christ was moving and continues to move throughout campus life. That’s how a girl raised under blurry, beautiful Midwest skies ended up at Nyack College majoring in Adolescent English Education. I love this place and the people in this place.

Now, you probably want to know a few more things about me, right? Grab another cup of coffee, and I’ll tell you some random specifics. As you possibly might guess, I love all things English. Taking me into a bookstore is a rather terrible idea. You will find yourself there for a few hours, as I thumb through pages of yellowed tomes and texts of classics, science-fiction, weird YA novels, or anything else that looks interesting. Poetry is my special love, and lately I’ve been reading a lot of poetry that’s been translated into English. There’s something about translated poetry that can be really beautiful, really haunting. Long conversations over coffee and tea about random and deep topics are also my thing too. People are really important to me. I also enjoy running, though I must admit that frigid Arctic running is not my thing. My favorite quote is by G.K. Chesterton. He writes this, “And the more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a  rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild.”  This quote makes me grin with wild excitement every time I read it, and if you could boil down my philosophy of life into a few sentences it would be this quote. I have this quote plastered with some sticky tack to my dorm room door. It’s a reminder for me to constantly live life with the idea that there is intense joy in being a Christian.

Now, world, you know a little about me. Thank you, for listening. It is my most sincere wish that as I write, that I can show the stories of the good things running wild, the realest of real things, and the things full of grace and wonder that I have experienced while on this campus. Let’s talk again soon.

Kassie Neumann

About Kassie Neumann

Midwest native and Adolescent English Education Major at Nyack College. I thrive on poetry, mentoring, deep conversations, and really loud laughter. I believe that Christ, community, and cups of tea can restore the world. Wonder and mystery are two of my favorite words.
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