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

How A Professor’s Comment Led to a New Year’s “Resolution”

We counted down in unison until the world flashed with an explosion of confetti, embraces, and Instagram photos. The new year has begun. Fare thee well to last year, in all your joys and sorrows. I’m sure we’ve all experienced a measure of each. We’re all human and to share in this humanity seems to carry a measure of each. Tuck away the lessons you learned, the ones that have shifted and shaped you. Now we open our hands to this next year, closing our eyes, murmur in surrender to the God who holds each of these days. A lot … Continue reading

Practical Gift Ideas for Education Majors

Most people seem to put Christmas on repeat during the month of December. My family has approximately four Christmas’ with different sides of the family to attend this year. Bring on the holiday cheer. When I told my boyfriend how many Christmas’s I’d be attending this year his reply was, “Whoa. That’s intense.” To me it’s just normal. We exchange gifts during each of those Christmas events, and it’s a great way to spend valuable time with family. That being said…multiplying Christmas four or more times can be problematic with gift giving and receiving. My family has learned a few … Continue reading

68.9 Miles to Bethlehem

Every year we pour over the ancient words in the Gospels of Luke and Matthew. If you’ve been in church for any number of years, you know the Christmas story. You’ve seen the kids in the Nativity play scamper down the church aisle likely a motley herd of sheep. You’ve probably chuckled quietly as the lead shepherd forgot his lines. Sometimes though, we forget that this ancient story is a part of real flesh and blood history. It is not a myth. We forget that Mary was a young woman being scorned by her society, because she was perceived to … Continue reading

The Joy of Jesus

Merry Christmas! I hope you guys have been hearing that a lot. I’m currently drinking a peppermint hot chocolate and listening to Christmas carols at a very Christmas-y Starbucks. I would be wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and a Santa hat, but I have to go to work later. The point is – it’s Christmas. Christmas joy can seem overrated if we focus on what’s in front of us. The show the Great Christmas Light Fight helped put me in the Christmas mood (even though I originally didn’t care much for it). The Babyface version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer … Continue reading

13 Things You Learn From Teaching Othello

My second placement for student teaching has been a two month crash course on teaching Othello to high school students. It has been a wild, wild, crazy experience, but I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. To all you Adolescent English Majors: continue in your programs. Do not be intimidated! It is completely possible to learn how to teach high school Shakespeare, and be an engaging educator! Fear thee not. This being said, when you’re handed a wild, crazy experience you are guaranteed to learn a couple things… Here’s what you learn from teaching Othello: You learn that 40% of … Continue reading

Nyack Unfiltered: Joseph Vasquez

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 first interview in our series is Joseph Vasquez. Even though Joseph doesn’t know me too well, he granted me the honor of interviewing him. He’s an interesting guy … Continue reading

Interview With a Senior at Nyack: Meet Grace Anger

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 … Continue reading

Just Hang On the Semester is Almost Over

I would Iike to begin this blog by giving my fellow blogger Kassie a shout out for her post on defying disappointment with beauty. I connected with it and I loved it. I was in a similar spot this past week – errr…month. Disappointment knocked on my bedroom door more times than I would like to list. There were highs and there were lows, and I learned to dance through it all. (This is usually when “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack would start playing and I would make my grand exit, but I’m not done.) I feel … Continue reading

5 Ways to Fight Holiday Depression

The end of the year is here, and with it comes the holidays. Honestly, I don’t care what you have to say about it, I’m ready for Christmas music, I’m ready for ice skating, I’m ready for Thanksgiving food. But you can’t judge me for being so ready for the holidays because Forever 21 sent me an email about their ugly Christmas sweaters at 10pm on October 31. They didn’t even wait until midnight so it would officially be November. I also saw 3 different kinds of Christmas commercials on television in the span of 2 hours, and Whoopi Goldberg … Continue reading

Life Lessons I Learned From My Professors

  Friends, There are only weeks left in the semester. For some of you, the stress is overwhelming every minute of these last weeks. You’re panicking. You might even be starting to doubt yourself and ask, “why did I decide to go to college?” Remember your dream. Remember your vision. Above all keep moving.  Above all keep praying, my friends. You will make it through. You know how I know this? I know this, because right now I’m a senior staring down the last three weeks of an undergraduate career in the face. I’ve been where you’re at, many, many, … Continue reading

How to Defy Disappointment With Beauty

I’m writing this blog post right now, and this week I really don’t know where I’m going with this post. Usually when I write, I have some sort of idea. Usually I have a title at least etched out, and I work from there. This week I have nothing. These passed few weeks have been wild, terrible, blessed, wretched. I believe in honesty. I believe in realness. The last few weeks I have experienced wild, wild, bizarre, crazy hopes. The last few weeks I have experienced disappointments crush those hopes and others in a steady rhythm. Two weeks ago I … Continue reading

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