A week and a half ago, one of my best friends said these words to me: “In exactly three months, we’ll be walking at graduation”. Nothing stops you dead in your tracks quite like those words. Three months?! You mean, in just three months, undergrad will be over and I’ll have to face the real world?!
I’m taking the necessary steps to prepare myself for that day, but in the meantime, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my time at Nyack and the things I’ll miss the most. In no particular order these are the things I’ll miss the most about college.
- My friends. I know I said “in no particular order” but this is definitely number one. I love living right next door to my best friends and running into my friends as I walk to class. It’s a luxury to see old and new friends around campus and spend time with them. I’m going to miss how accessible those relationships are.
- Chapel. There’s one thing that Nyack offers that I haven’t found anywhere else: an authentic worship experience. I love going to chapel, being surrounded by my peers, and being led in worship by talented musicians. I get to be in one place with my classmates, teachers, and friends, and engage in that one thing we all have in common. There’s something so beautiful about worshiping in unison with the people who are a part of your everyday life.
- Interested adults. Members of the faculty and staff at Nyack have exhibited a true interest in my life. Whether it’s helping with future plans and job searching, listening to concerns I have about my classes and personal life, or helping me in tangible ways, my professors have poured more into my life than I ever expected. Dr. and Mrs. Poston have been incredibly awesome mentors to me and have given me a bed to sleep in and a home to relax in when I needed it the most. Professor English has sat and discussed my future with me. I could talk about my professors all day. The list of great things they have done for me is extremely long, so I’ll spare you.
- Limited responsibility. This is one thing I’ll miss about college life in general. I love not having to cook my food or clean my bathroom. The thing about Nyack, though, is that the people who work in the cafeteria and the people who clean my bathroom do so without complaint. These people always have smiles on their faces though I’m sure we college students can be pretty difficult to deal with and clean up after.
- Diversity. I cannot begin to explain what I’ve learned from living in such a diverse community. Not only have I met people who see God differently than I do, but I’ve learned so much about how to co-exist with people who see life completely differently. Sometimes, it’s taught me to be secure in what I think and believe, and other times it’s taught me to be accepting and willing to change. This is something I never expected to learn while at college, but I’m so glad I did. I know I’ll have an advantage in the workplace because of what Nyack has taught me about living in a diverse community.
I’m sad to leave Nyack. There, I said it. But I also, as time goes on, feel more and more ready to leave. My time at Nyack has taught me a lot– both inside and outside the classroom– and as I reflect on my last four years, I feel prepared to move on and take what I’ve learned with me when I go.