When I was accepted to Nyack College my parents noticed the Honors Program and suggested that I apply. I really didn’t want to apply at first: in high school I had been a part of the National Honor Society, which entailed taking more rigorous classes and doing more extracurricular work, and I expected the Honors Program to be similar. The National Honor Society brought me a lot of benefits, but out of pure laziness I resisted doing honors-level work as I moved on to college. I reluctantly applied because of the scholarship it offered and the “graduated with honors” I’d be able to put on a resume. When I received a phone call from Dr. Gates, the Director of the Honors Program, I found out that I’d been accepted and I learned some of the benefits of being a part of Honors. I soon realized that joining the Honors Program was one of the best college decisions I’d made thus far.
The Honors Program at Nyack College is serious about helping others and serving the community. The first activity I took part in with the Honors group was a trip to do community service at a rehabilitation center, which was a fulfilling experience. We serve the Nyack community in a number of ways, such as hosting the Hunger Banquet each year.
We do a good amount of traveling as well. Each year we go on an honors retreat, where we get to know one another, spend time with God, and have fun. We also take trips to significant American cities such as Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. We attend a play on Broadway every year, and we go on a Global Service-Learning trip overseas every two years.
The Honors core curriculum is rigorous, but it is well worth the extra work. We are privileged to take courses that give us insights into many different cultures, ways of thinking, and ways of learning. These courses challenge us academically and improve our reasoning and comprehension. Once you get used to it, the challenging curriculum is actually enjoyable.
The community service is important, the traveling is fun, and the academics are outstanding. But the faculty and students who make up the Honors Program at Nyack College are truly incredible. Brilliant professors regularly make themselves available to us so that we can pick their brains and learn from them. My fellow Honors students are friendly, passionate about learning, and love the Lord. I’m grateful to be a part of the Honors Program at Nyack College and to be surrounded by such incredible people.