After visiting a youth group of Nyack alumnus Paul Karus, I was very interested by his work and wondered what our college was like when he was a student, and how his time there impacted his life. Following is half of the interview I had with him:
Q: Name of your church and the position you hold there:
A: Hope Evangelical Church, Wilton CT. Title: Youth Pastor
Q: What year did you graduate and what was your major?
A: Graduated Spring 2000 and with a Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Major: Sociology and Youth Ministry
Q: Did you live on campus? If so, what was your favorite part about living in Nyack. If not, what effect do you think that had on your time there?
A: Yes for two years (One year in Mosely and the second year as an RA of Grisswald Cottage when it was still guys housing). My third and final year my wife and I lived in an apartment in Goshen NY and commuted back and forth on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for our Senior Year. However my favorite experiences of campus life were born out of the people I knew best and in the spur of the moment. It seemed the variety of people and personalities created for some of the best unpredictable moments in life. Some of my best memories really came when I was an RA at Grisswald Cottage my junior year. Some of the best guys that I have ever known lived in that house, each guy was pretty awesome and all very different in personality. We just had a lot of fun together. I also would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that I met my spouse (then Kimberly Craig) at Nyack while visiting a friend on campus a year before I started to attend Nyack. Yeah campus life provided me with some pretty cool opportunities and memories and a beautiful wife!
Q: How did Nyack impact you spiritually?
A: Nyack also played a huge role in my spiritually life, however I don’t know if I can point to any one thing. I believed God used in chorus the teachers, chapels, department retreats, my wife, other students and ministry opportunities to really challenge me and grow me in my faith. However it’s like anything in life, you make of it what you want of it (essentially you reap what you sow).
Paul and I went on to talk about the specific classes he took at Nyack and how they impact his ministry today. Check in next week to see his answers!