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

Nyack Unfiltered: Ethan Hodge

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 our series is Ethan Hodge. Ethan is a Senior who has big plans and a big heart to match. He knows virtually everyone on campus … Continue reading

How to Survive a Snowstorm

On my birthday February 8, 2016, it was 61 degrees in New York City (I obviously took this as a Happy Birthday from the Lord Himself). However, on February 9, 2016, a snowstorm hit the city and shut it down. Schools were canceled, meet-ups were postponed, and children all across the tri-state area rejoiced. The next day, February 10, the city regained its strength. New Yorkers woke up, dug around in their closets for their snow boots and gloves, and braved the wind and slush. Honestly how the temperature could drop so drastically in a matter of hours is beyond … Continue reading

Tips on Passing the edTPA

Friends, Last semester I had the opportunity to graduate an Education Program at Nyack College. December 16th was the last day of my undergraduate career, and I remember walking home. I remember watching the sun fade into the Hudson, and I traveled home with memories of student teaching tucked neatly into my pocket. One thing I’ll never forget about that semester? I’ll never forget working on my edTPA. If you’re not an Education Major, you probably don’t know what that is (no worries). It’s this portfolio Ed. Majors do on a lesson segment of their student teaching. It includes videos … Continue reading

The Challenge Student

There are many types of students in this world: The Conscientious Student: This student can be found sitting in the front rows of classrooms, feverishly taking notes, and raising his or her hand in curiousity. The Lord… Give Me…Student: For one reason or another, this student can be found testing your patience as a teacher every single day. You may find yourself uttering the, “Lord, Give me… [insert Fruit of the Spirit here] with this student”. The Silent Storm Student: This student speaks little in class, but his or her written work is a whirlwind of thought, depth, wisdom, and … Continue reading

London, P.S. I Love You

Dear London, In 10 days, you gave me an experience of a lifetime. I thank you for showing me a culture widely different from my own, bringing a new world to my fingertips. I’ve gained a better understanding of where I am from, who I am, and who I would like to be and where I would like to go. You’ve made me a new person. I love your rich history, how it lives in the walls of every building as if it were cigarette smoke. I’ve been where legends of science, literature, and royalty walked, dined, and lived. On … Continue reading

The New Semester Brings New Changes

My usual “wait until the very last minute to register for the new semester” gig is starting to get old, and yet, I have done it again. I finished everything that needed to be finished and registered for my new classes on January 17th, and the first day of classes was January 18th. In fact, I procrastinated so badly that I completely forgot to buy any of my textbooks (this is where I would put the upside down smile emoji.) So here I am: the first week of the Spring 2017 semester is halfway over and I have no books, … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Sherilyn Blake

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 second interview in our series is Sherilyn Blake. Sherilyn, a fellow Communications major, is currently the Vice President of the Student Government Association (SGA). She is always smiling, … Continue reading

Why I Love Teaching English

One of the cool things about being an Education Major at Nyack is that the School of Education, and Nyack in general, cares about developing you as a person throughout your college career. That was one of the joys of my college experience, and one of the ways God worked through my time at Nyack. One of the ways the School of Education does this is by helping you figure out your calling. The faculty at Nyack care about why you’re in your major. They want you to untangle for yourself why you’re sitting in their classes. It makes you … Continue reading

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