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 next interview in the series is Melanie Cho. Melanie, known affectionately as Mel, is ready to walk down the aisle in a few weeks and never look back. She has a clear goal in mind and with the help of the Holy Spirit, I’m sure she will accomplish everything she has set out to do.
You’re a Communications major! Why?
Mel: When I started at Nyack I wanted to be a Communications major, but they didn’t have that degree here so I had to switch to Education. But then they finally got it, so I [switched]. My mom does television and radio, so I’ve just seen it a lot in my house, and I guess it inspired me. I really like the whole creative side of Communications.
Ah, I remember that my first year at Nyack was the first year they had Communications on this campus. [Melanie: Yep! That’s right.] Thank God you caught up [with your credits].
Mel: Yeah! I was able to CLEP a Spanish course.
If you weren’t a Communications major what would you be?
Mel: Well, I would probably still be with Education. It’s one of the major things I’ve been working on anyway. I tutor a lot of kids. I like kids, and I like teaching, but going for that Education degree I was just like, “No.” [Laughs]
So, your mom does television, but so do you! Tell me about your television show.
Mel: It’s with my little sister. It’s called Hit and Video. We talk about music – the five hits of the week, [and] we have music videos. Then at the end of every show, we give a message on a Christian topic. Sometimes we talk about letting God guide you, giving your problems to God, salvation, stuff like that.
How’d that start?
Mel: We are a part of a Communication ministry called Alerta Communications, and the head pastor, the founder of the ministry, asked me if me and my sister wanted to do it. The show had already been produced by two other pastors like 20 years ago, but of course [now] they are grown, so he wanted it to be renewed, refreshed, have new faces – so he asked me and my sister. At first I kind of resisted because I thought, ‘I have school, I have work, I have all this stuff,’ but I ended up just taking it, and I like it.
How long have you been doing it?
Mel: It’s going to be a year because we’re in April now.
Congratulations! Your anniversary!
Mel: Thank you!
Do you feel like your Communications degree has helped you with that (the television show) at all? Or do you see them as two separate things?
Mel: I guess both. I feel like the degree gives me a backup – like I have education [regarding] it, and I’m not just doing it. But I also feel like I gained a lot of experience just by doing the show. So I guess it balances out.
How did you pick Nyack?
Mel: [Laughs] I never wanted to come to Nyack. When I was in high school I went to Evangel Christian School and I went to a Christian middle school, so I was just tired of Christian schools. So I applied everywhere but Nyack, but my mom was like, “You should apply to Nyack just in case.” So I applied, and when I was deciding what school I wanted to go to I wanted Hofstra University because they were giving me a scholarship. So I went for the interview and when I got out I was like, “Mom, I don’t know what happened, but I started talking about God and I don’t know if they’re going to accept me!” But they did accept me, but then my dad updated my FAFSA, and they were like since your dad makes too much money, we had to remove the scholarship. So I was like, “Ok fine.” Then I went to Hofstra’s open house trying to feel the atmosphere, see if I really liked it, and I thought, “Ehh, ok.” Then I came to the open house at Nyack College and I just felt like this was where I was supposed to be. I felt really peaceful and after that everything just fell into place.
What is your ultimate goal for yourself? After you graduate what do you want to be doing?
Mel: I want to be… working in the field I studied! More specifically, film production, video editing, [and] I guess I can include in front camera action because I’m already doing that. Just doing hands-on work. I definitely want to be focused on what I came here to do. Right now I’m a tutor and I love that job and I love the kids, but I don’t want to get too comfortable in that job and not focus on what I actually came to study.
Do you have a favorite moment at Nyack?
Mel: …I don’t know! I haven’t thought back that far. It feels like I came here just yesterday and a lot has changed – people coming in and out and different experiences. But I cherish the moments that I was able to meet specific people, meet specific friends, and build friendships.
I wish you all the best in your future, Mel! You’re going to be great!