How to Write the Perfect Cover Letter

Most companies ask you to submit a cover letter along with your resume. A cover letter is your formal pitch to the hiring manager, and it highlights your skills and experiences relevant to the position. I have devised a guideline based on a cover letter I have submitted to a company and then received the position. It follows the standard format for cover letters. I wish you the best of luck! Cover Letter Guideline Your contact information (center or align left) Name Address Phone number Email address Date (align left) Employer Contact information (align left; include all information you have) … Continue reading

Top 5 Community Service Options for Teacher Candidates

In my last post, I talked about the requirements regarding admittance into Nyack’s School of Education. This week I would like to expound upon that a little more and give you some ideas regarding your community service hours. Each teacher candidate must complete at least 30 hours of community service with the given age group for their specific certification. I, for instance, am an Adolescence Education major, so I will be spending my time with 7th-12th graders. I know that I specifically wish to teach middle school, but I do not have to stick with middle schoolers for my community … Continue reading

Being Twenty-Something

A few years ago, I researched poet William Butler Yeats for an English assignment. I countlessly read and reread his poem “The Second Coming”, and since then I have not given his poem much thought until I read Joan Didion’s Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Slouching Towards Bethlehem is a collection of Didion’s most famous essays, many of which are set in 1960s California, her native state. The title is taken from a verse from Yeats’ poem: “And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, / Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?” Didion chose her title to capture the grand … Continue reading

Class of 2017 Mortarboards

We asked 2017 graduates from the Rockland and New York City Campus about why they decorated their mortarboard. Here is what they said. Caitlyn Thomas – Business  “I think I am quite ready for another adventure.” And for me, I’m all about having adventure in my life. College was definitely one. It was a scary, messy, amazing adventure and I just feel that I’m ready to move to the next one now that I’m graduating.   Rachel Parker – Youth and Family Studies “In waves of change we find our way.” So first of all, I love the beach/ocean so I wanted … Continue reading

Coffee Shop Creates a Global Community on Campus Part 2

Student-run coffee shop on campus, Cultivate Coffee, bridges the gap between cultures by purchasing fair and direct trade coffee and teas and being missions-driven. Cultivate Coffee purchases their coffee from Coffee Labs Roasters, a roasting company in Tarrytown. The family-based company sources their coffee from fair and direct trade, which means it buys directly from the growers and seeks equity in international trade. Co-founder, business major Benjamin Tse says that purchasing fair and direct trade coffee not only benefits the student body but creates a global impact for farmers. Tse says: “It’s a sustainable business and missions. We want to … Continue reading

6 Steps for Admittance into the School of Education

Whether you’re a senior or an incoming freshman, planning for and navigating through deadlines and prerequisites can seem daunting. I would know, because that’s how I felt going into my freshman year. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t still seem that way at times. With that in mind, I spoke to a few Nyack veterans regarding admittance to Nyack’s School of Education (SoE) in an attempt to make the process a little more clear for those of you wanting to join the SoE community. Here is a basic guideline of what you will need to do for admittance: 1. Declare Your Major … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Joel Pompa

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 last interview in the series is with Joel Pompa. He is an impeccably-dressed Senior who loves writing and teaching. We met in the Writing Center my first semester at … Continue reading

Why I Chose Teaching as a Profession

People have been asking me what I want to do with my life since I came out of the womb, and even more frequently since I graduated high school. I’m sure that you know how that goes. I knew what I wanted to do, at least in part, since I was a small child, and that passion hasn’t changed. I have always wanted to become a teacher, and I cannot imagine doing anything else, nor do I think that anything else would bring me as much joy as the classroom does. Even though I knew teaching to be my calling, … Continue reading

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

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