Coffee Shop Creates a Global Community on Campus

This past school year, four Nyack College roommates opened a coffee shop on campus. Cultivate Coffee founders Wiktor Lasota and Benjamin Tse, business majors, and Peter Nehlsen and Joseph Girard, intercultural studies majors, have created a global community and personal experience for students. Following Nyack College’s mission as an intentionally diverse school with global perspectives, Cultivate Coffee is a people and culture focused coffee shop. Students try free and direct trade coffees and teas from various countries, form friendships with students from different cultures, and connect with their own culture. When choosing a name for their coffee shop, Tse says, “We … Continue reading

New Education Blogger Debut

Welcome! I’m so glad you’ve joined me. My name is Alexis, and I am the new blogger for the School of Education here at the Rockland Campus. My birth certificate says Alexis Mazey, but you probably know me as Rex, as I am affectionately called that by friends. And no, it is not because I have short arms. I grew up in a small town in Northeast Ohio. Now when I say small, I mean a two-stoplight town, a my-backyard-is-a-cornfield town.  (I’m not kidding. My sister once invited her friends over to watch Children of the Corn and then got some … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Melanie Cho

Nyack College has a plethora of personalities. Nyackers come from all different backgrounds and bring their stories with them. Each one has a passion, a gift, and a desire to see God’s plan for their life be fulfilled. Nyack Unfiltered is a series of interviews I am conducting featuring students on the Manhattan campus who not only I, but others, believe will do (and currently are doing) great things for God. The next interview in the series is Melanie Cho. Melanie, known affectionately as Mel, is ready to walk down the aisle in a few weeks and never look back. … Continue reading

You Are Not Your Major

Lately, I’ve been writing blogs about being an Education Major, what that means, ways to thrive and survive as this strange species who are filled with heart and hardcore motivation. I’ve been writing blog after blog on this topic, which makes sense. It’s a college blog, right? But. Friends, I need to share something with you. I can’t write all those blogs about succeeding in your major without mentioning this, and in fact this is something more important than all those blogs. It’s something that shakes my focus back to its rightful place on those days, those days when ambition … Continue reading

God’s Always Got Your Back

As I write this, I stand on the Downtown 4 train headed to Union Square. I just remembered that I have a Discussion post for one of my classes due at 11:59 tonight. It’s a 2 part post and I already did part 1, so I’m not blaming this on procrastination (even though that is exactly what this is). I’m going to say that I simply forgot about it (because I did). I know what you’re thinking. Why didn’t she just keep working after she wrote part 1 of the post and continue to write part 2 as well? That … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Noël Simoné Wippler

Nyack College has a plethora of personalities. Nyackers come from all different backgrounds and bring their stories with them. Each one has a passion, a gift, and a desire to see God’s plan for their life be fulfilled. Nyack Unfiltered is a series of interviews I am conducting featuring students on the Manhattan campus who not only I, but others, believe will do (and currently are doing) great things for God. The next interview in the series is Noël Simoné Wippler. Noël is a musician who loves using her gift of music to bring the utmost glory to God. It … Continue reading

Everybody Gets a Grace Period

This semester, a few of my professors gave the class a grace period. In the first week they gave us homework that could be done without the textbook, or they gave us an extra week to complete and turn in the work just in case some students didn’t yet have their books. I, personally, have never had a grace period for any class I have ever taken, so I was a little taken back (and oh so relieved because I had not ordered any of my books until the day AFTER classes had started – because I forgot). I promise … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Delsie Carter

Nyack College has a plethora of personalities. Nyackers come from all different backgrounds and bring their stories with them. Each one has a passion, a gift, and a desire to see God’s plan for their life be fulfilled. Nyack Unfiltered is a series of interviews I am conducting featuring students on the Manhattan campus who not only I but others, believe will do (and currently are doing) great things for God. The third interview in our series is Delsie Carter. Delsie is currently a Sophomore and is studying Psychology. In fact, my first encounter with Delsie was in an Introduction … Continue reading

Losing Your Grip

I’ve been thinking about what to write this week. I like ideas to sit in the back of my brain, marinate a while. That’s how I think through everything–lesson plans, major life decisions, and blog posts. I let my thoughts sit, marinate, deepen into what they need to be. While those thoughts soaked in my brain, I realized that I have lost my grip. Haven’t all writers and teachers? (That was a joke. Please, take yourself less seriously and laugh). I realized that I have entirely lost my grip on my idea of what I thought Spring Semester of 2017 would … Continue reading

Finding Solid Study Habits

The sun brushes over the horizon, watching over the Hudson in the hush of a February morning on the Hillside. We are called into morning. I remember waking up to scenes like this my Junior Year of my time at Nyack. Junior Year was one of the most intense years of my college experience. Junior Year is like that for everyone. Classes and content are challenging every ounce of your being. Sometimes you don’t understand something until you’ve been challenged and forced into figuring it out for yourself. Junior Year was the year when I was forced to forge solid … Continue reading

Meet the Nyack College NYC Business Club!

Whether you’re a Business major or not, you probably know that business skills are an integral part of any career. As a Communications major, even I am taking Business Communications this semester. Well, for those at Nyack who have not selected Business as their official field of choice but still want to gain the knowledge and networking skills, there’s the Nyack College NYC Business Club! The Business Club’s President Juliya Joseph says that, “The Business Club is mostly about networking and bringing Nyack students together. [We’re always thinking about] how we are going to do business as Christians? How are … Continue reading

“Because We Are Not Alone In The Dark With Our Demons”

I had a comforting thought this week. This week was the Mid-Winter Recess for the school I’m teaching at now. It’s been a time of breathing, of catching up on sleep, finishing online work for my grad class, and getting a chance to drink copious amounts of coffee and just sit and think. One of the comforting thoughts I’ve had this week, is a thought that’s been tossing around in my brain for a few months. Sometimes these thoughts need time, time to find other ideas, and time to grow through experiences. This thought was like that. A couple months … Continue reading

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