Dorm Rooms at Nyack College

Coming into Nyack as a freshman, one of my biggest questions was what my dorm room would look like. I searched the internet for picture of dorms, but couldn’t wait to move in and just find out what the place I would be living in would look like. Since being here the dorms still fascinate me and I love seeing how different peoples look and how they choose to decorate them. So if there is anyone out there anxiously trying to find out what their new home will look like here are several pictures of some of the rooms I have lived in as well as rooms on my floor in Christie and Simpson Hall. They are all unique and creatively decorated and I hope this gets you excited to move into your new home if you are a new student.

Here are some panoramic shots then some general ones that reflect dorm life. Update: New pictures here for Simpson Hall. Enjoy!

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Bending and Breaking: Dorm Life and Friendship on Campus

246430_342968739129243_1972776569_nCollege is the time when most people would say they become independent. Moving away from home and becoming responsible can hit as hard as the studying and the late nights. Independence is definitely a big part of college life, but I would argue that cooperation is an even bigger part.

The prime example of this: roommates. I have a single room, but I live on a floor, and share a bathroom, with 18 other girls. Needless to say, in order to coexist, it’s necessary to bend a little. Besides roommates, there’s classmates. College classes make you relate to people and communicate ideas, sometimes for a group project or just for class discussions. Besides classmates, there’s the community, where you’re forced to interact with all types of people in all types of situations.

The key to this mix of cooperation and independence is learning to bend without breaking.  It’s easy to decide that the right people will cooperate with you without much effort. In the end, however, that’s not where the strongest relationships are built. The tightest friends are made because they click or have chemistry– that’s true– but they sacrifice for each other. It’s healthy to make a conscious decision to have people like this in your life. These are the people who will be there when you break, and won’t hesitate to help you put yourself back together.

College life is about learning that your independence helps define who you are, but doesn’t define your future. God created us to, “bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2). Often, my friends and I will discuss how we seem to have gotten so close in such a short period of time. I believe this is because we’ve seen each other truly and honestly broken.  There’s something about that level of honesty you encounter with a person that goes deeper than anything they could ever say or even admit.  And after being at that level of honesty yourself, you find that the person who loves you through it is a person you want to fight to keep around.

The thing about life away from home is that it teaches everyone to be a little more flexible. The more often you bend, the easier it becomes. But the other thing about life away from home is that you’re almost guaranteed to break. The amazing thing about college, is that it’s okay. Everyone’s either there or been there.

So, in the midst of independence, and discovery, don’t be afraid to bend a little.

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Absence makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Growing up the longest amount of time I would spend away from my family was the one incredible week I spent at summer camp each year. I would go for less than six full days, but I would still really miss my family and always want to call home to talk to my mom. Regardless of the fact I knew I would be missing my family, those weeks I spent at summer camp throughout my childhood where some of the greatest days of my life. And, because of my parent’s nudging and our mutually love shared for this little camp nestled right on the shore of Lake Erie I graduated from camper to staff and still continue to serve every summer there at Beulah Beach. It is an unparralled experience to be able to give back to a place that has given so much to me and helped in many ways to shape me spiritually.

But, even now at twenty years old there are times when I’m away at camp or now being at school eight hours away, that I miss my family and all the laughter they bring to my life. For me college was a dream because it was like a very long summer camp. I lived in a dorm with a bunch of other girls, ate in the cafeteria, learned about Jesus, met amazing people and lived life together. I attribute my love for dorm life and ease into it to my many incredible experiences at Beulah Beach. I love my family, but spending some time away from them at school made my love and appreciation for them grow so much deeper. My parents have always believed in my dreams and wanted what is best for me. They were always supportive of my decision to go away to school even if that means several long drives ahead of them to drop me off each September or to come visit me.

Living on campus and meeting so many people on my floor or in my classes has given me a beautiful and diverse family here at Nyack, but one of the most looked forward things is when I get to go home. I do love school, but just like when I went to summer camp there is some homesickness that sets in. At a certain points in the semester you would do anything for a home cooked meal or your own bed or to just be able to spend time with old friends and family. Just coming off of spring break I can tell you that nothing refreshes your soul and gets you ready to conquer that last bit of the semester like a week-long break to relax and distress. Getting to see relatives and spend time with my little nephew are some of the highlights. Also getting to reconnect with some of my best friends is something I always look forward to. There are many great things about home and school and even summers spent at camp, but it is all about the people you meet and friends you make. Through all the moving around I have come to learn that nothing rings truer than the phrase “absence makes the heart grow fonder”.

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