On the list of people worth knowing, Grace Anger is pretty high on the list. I’ve known Grace prior to day one of college. We saw each other on a college group on Facebook and were convinced that we would never, never be friends. We’ve been roommates and the best of friends for 2.5 years. Life is hilarious. Meet the lovely Miss Anger:
Can you tell me a little about your major?
I’m majoring in Childhood Education with a concentration in Teaching English as a Second Language. Right now, I’m also transitioning into the Master’s Program at Nyack in Special Education.
Is there anything special about your program?
The program gives you the option to seamlessly integrate your undergraduate and graduate studies, and you’re done in a total of five years with both degrees.
Why did you choose Nyack College?
I felt God leading me here. That decision has been reinforced over and over again, and my experience at Nyack has greatly exceeded my expectations for what college would be like.
Were there any challenges you experienced as a Freshman?
Yes, submitting my first paper was a bit of a challenge. I was required to hand this thing in and be vulnerable with my work. That was really hard at first.
Also, during my first semester, I got an 81% on an assignment, because I didn’t follow the directions. The directions were to cite information in APA Format, and I went off on rabbit trails about homeless people. I remember standing in my professor’s office asking her what went wrong with that assignment. Through that conversation, she ended up becoming my mentor through my entire time in college. Without that vulnerable experience with that grade, I would have missed out on an opportunity for that professor to pour into my life.
You’re a senior now, what advice would you give students about making the most of their time in college?
First of all, the point of college is not just getting a grade, a degree, and a job. College broadens your horizons: reveals your dreams and passions, allows you to meet life-long friends and mentors, and offers you books to read that will shape your character and your ideas. College is an opportunity to pilot many of the habits you will carry into adulthood.
What are some of your favorite memories of your time at Nyack?
Running with my roommate through the sprinkler system on Mosely Field. Embrace the quirky people around you.
Also, attending a crazy diverse small group on campus was one of my favorite memories. At the end of the night I would look around at all these different people. There were so many ways in which we had nothing in common, and yet we were all united by the Holy Spirit.
What’s been your favorite class at Nyack so far?
College Writing II with Dr. Gates. That class kind-of shaped me and how I would learn in my classes after that. Dr. Gates defined learning as being transformed as a person. I’ll never forgot that.
Have you been involved in any extracurricular activities while at Nyack?
Yes, for about three years I’ve been involved in the college’s chorale. During some semesters, my involvement has been limited, but as my schedule allows it has been such a privilege to make music with other people in a community setting. I’ve loved working with Dr. Jameson. He has high standards and a lot of patience. What I love the most though, is that he truly wants the lyrics we’re singing, whether they’re Christmas Carols or ancient German melodies to move our hearts.