Deep Relationships and Tea

Steam draws itself from the water kettle. I’ve always thought tea kettles were akin to works of art. Perhaps it’s the way the steam circles into the air, or the time it takes to breathe, to rest before the kettle begins singing and your water is ready. We gather together. My friend sets out the tea in the rows of Apple, Ginger, Blueberry, the truest of Chai, and faithful black tea. Before college I thought tea tasted like boiled water with a hint of dried up leaves. “Laughing”, thankfully college and a fantastic roommate changed my prejudice towards tea. Sometimes … Continue reading

5 Fun Nyack NYC Events to Attend

In early October, on the Nyack College Manhattan campus we had our first social mixer! It was exactly what it sounds like – a time when students on the campus could come together and meet other students and hang out. There was food, too. We also just ended Spirit Day, so a lot of students were spotted wearing their brand new Nyack gear! I appreciate that Rockland students take the time to come down to the Manhattan campus to sell the school’s apparel to us since we don’t have our own store on campus yet. (Considering, the school just bought … Continue reading

Let God Figure it Out

It’s no secret that Nyack NYC students are some of the busiest people in New York. I believe I have previously quoted of one my professors saying that Nyack students are some of the busiest people he knows. They’re involved in 25 different ministries, taking 25 credits, and have 2 jobs. I say this again because my professor said it again in class this week and it’s still just as relevant. It’s easy to believe that every easy-access open door is a gift sent straight from God. That we are supposed to jump on every opportunity that looks promising that … Continue reading

The Change of Fall and Us

Fall flutters all around us, the glamour of leaves fading into dusky yellows, rich oranges, and heavy scarlets. We open our eyes in wonder as Fall descends in a twilight of Harvest parties, drying corn stalks, and warm spiced lattes. I remember as a child losing my way in a corn maze, and along with that negative memory also despising Fall and its fury of harvest allergies. As an adult I have reformed my ways. Now, Fall evokes thoughts of growing cold but also warmth growing in gatherings of people I hold dear. What does Fall mean to you? Fall … Continue reading

4 Things Student Teaching Really Teaches You

Friends, I must apologize (but not really). I was pouring over titles of my recent blogs, and I had to smile a little. Most of them have been completely and totally about my experience with student teaching. Writers often write from what they know–do not we all know this to be true? The next couple months of blogs will most likely be a chronicle of this wild and new experience of student teaching. Stay tuned for the ride. Right now, we’re on week two and my cooperating teacher has been easing me into teaching, asking me to teach parts of … Continue reading

5 Ways To Know the Semester is in Full-Swing

It’s been over a month since classes have officially begun.  I, for one, believe that I have not yet fully accepted the beginning of the semester. I have most of my books and have been going to my classes and seeing my friends, but still I am in denial. This is especially true for Nyack students who attend the Manhattan campus because we are not only in school, but we have full lives outside of our classes. So if you’re a Nyack student and haven’t fully grasped the beginning of the school year yet either, here are a few things to … Continue reading

College Girl’s Clothing Checklist

When it comes to packing clothes for college, it can become a little overwhelming. Whether you think you have too many clothes or nothing to wear, it helps to understand what wardrobe staples you actually need. Once you have the basics, you will notice that planning outfits becomes easier (and even fun)! Below I include my checklist to help you narrow down your wardrobe and help you pack for college. Use the list as a guide and suit it to your personal style. Dresses Two Little Black Dresses one winter/fall one spring/summer that can transition into the fall with a … Continue reading

Student Teaching: Day One

I’m wandering down the street in the morning half-light with a street address, little idea of where I’m going, but I’m carrying a great confidence that I’ll find this house with the “green trim”. I’m walking to meet the woman I’m carpooling with to student teaching. I’ve only had a phone conversation with this woman, but she has no idea that she is an answer to prayer for a ride to my placement. A church dear to my heart, comes into view. Its rust colored bricks have welcomed me many times. The bells ring in the steady certainty of the … Continue reading

Student Teaching Bootcamp

It’s a Tuesday morning, the kind of morning where the weather says it could possibly rain. You don’t know that yet, so you grab an umbrella as you walk out the door. Umbrellas tend to be metaphors in Western culture. You always see them marking funerals, sheltering lovers, or decorating the passage of city traffic. Perhaps umbrellas have this spot in our imagination, because the very act of carrying an umbrella is equivalent to preparation. You are preparing for the inclement, for a future you cannot see. It doesn’t mean that it’s a terrible future–people dance in the rain with … Continue reading

First Day of School – 2016 Edition

9/8/16 Today was my first official day of classes on Nyack College’s Manhattan campus for the 2016-2017 school year. My first two classes were Communications classes so I was extremely excited. It’s not that I don’t love all my other classes; it’s just that I love those classes more. A new semester is a new beginning for everyone. GPA’s aren’t completely in the toilet, mental states are intact, and you still have some time to binge watch your favorite television shows before the homework piles on.. and on… and on…. You’re optimistic about the semester and have great hopes that … Continue reading

7 Ways to Share Your Faith as a College Student

There’s something about living on the hill, about trekking to Simpson Hall in early autumn mornings to learn about the wild and mysterious Old Testament.  There’s something about walking through the cafeteria and hearing kids from the Gospel Choir burst out in piano playing and praise that somehow sounds even better amidst the cafeteria plates.  There’s something about praying with your friends at two in the morning in a dorm room filled with the smell of stale pizza.  There’s something about conversations, deep, full of strength and faith on the way to intramural practice.  There’s something about going to a Christian … Continue reading

For Those Worried about the Semester’s Beginning

Do you ever have those moments of complete panic?  Do you ever have moments when you look towards the future, and have no idea what’s going on?  You hold nothing but the unknown.  You are filled with profound need.  You need solutions, you’re working for answers, but they’re as absent as a smile on the 5:45a.m. bus.  I think many of us are feeling some level of this panic right now, as summer slows to an end and the fall semester begins. Freshmen, you’re probably panicking that you’ll be friendless for the next four years (for the record, you won’t … Continue reading

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