Molly Rose Wisser is an Early Childhood Education major, with a concentration in communications and the arts. This interview was taken on Rockland campus during her senior year.
Where are you from?
I am from upstate New York; a small town in the heart of the Adirondacks called Schroon Lake. So if you think Nyack is upstate, trust me, it’s not.
Being a senior does the thought of graduation scare you?
The thought of graduation genuinely terrifies me. Sure the fact of graduating and finally being done is exciting. But after college, it’s as if there’s a whole big world out there ready to swallow you whole. Of course, that’s an over-dramatization. If I’m being honest, I am excited to begin my journey as a teacher, and I am interested to see what adventures await me after graduating from Nyack.
What are your plans after graduation?
Good question… This is like the question you always hear at family get-togethers. Triggered! But, I am hoping to find a teaching job, either with preschoolers or Kindergarten. I more than likely won’t be staying in New York once I graduate, but then again who knows. I am open to teaching in a different country, and even welcome the opportunity of a different experience, different culture, and different people. At the heart of it all, I just want to live. I don’t have a plan, and I’m okay with that because I know God knows what will happen, and even if I don’t know now, I will.
How has Nyack helped you get to this point?
I transferred into Nyack as a sophomore, in fall 2016. I entered feeling insecure, afraid, and uncertain of why I was here and where I was going to go. After two full years and now entering my final year; I can say with absolute certainty Nyack has played an instrumental role in shaping who I am as a person, helping me discover my identity in Christ and come to terms with the circumstances of life. To be blunt, life can suck. Being at Nyack has not been easy; “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, as A Tale of Two Cities so perfunctorily states. But in the depths of depression and the highs of happiness; I discovered the goodness of God, and the abundant blessings He provides if I only trust in Him. Professors have been a constant support and encouragement in my academics as well as personal life. The friends I’ve made will last a lifetime, and they are people I can trust and depend on. The classes have solidified my desire in pursuing a career in education and are excellent in immersing students in the world of academics and preparing us for life. Being a student at Nyack hasn’t been easy. But it was never meant to be easy, and for that I am thankful because it has grown me into the person I am now.
How has college changed you?
College has caused me to not be so naive, while additionally teaching me to trust in the people around me. A contradictory statement, I know. But people can be fake, so I’ve become extremely aware of how messed up people can be. At the same time though, I’ve experienced what true friendship is.
Additionally, college has pushed me to my limits, forcing me to be independently dependent, in the sense of having to manage my courses and work load, but also realizing that I don’t have to deal with the stress and anxiety alone. I have developed a support system of friends and professors here at Nyack who really and genuinely cared about me.
Lastly, I have learned where my identity is. Not in having a boyfriend, not in my appearance, not in being popular, and not in being on a sports team; I’ve tried all of them. It doesn’t work. What does work though is viewing myself as God views me. My identity and my worth is in Him and Him alone.
What sparked your interest for teaching?
My interest in teaching began my first year of college. I went to a school called Word of Life Bible Institute, in Florida. At the time, I had no idea what I was doing with my life, and figured why not go to Florida, at least then I could figure out life while also getting to go to the beach. While I was there though, I began helping at a kids club every Wednesday night. Every week I looked forward to these 2 hours spent with 5 year olds, and I realized that I could turn this into a career. Since then my passion has developed into a deeply rooted love for children, their potential, and the desire to help them succeed as well as show them love and care which they may not otherwise experience.
Any encouragement to the students graduating in the coming years?
Well, I think the best thing I can say is trust in God. Easier said than done, I know. But we are all extrinsically different; different backgrounds, different appearances, different beliefs, just… different. But different is okay, and that’s what makes Nyack unique.
But we are all human. Regardless of race, in spite of ethnicity, despite culture. We are one and the same, made perfectly in the image of God. So enter your senior year with hope. Don’t despair and don’t be afraid. God has a divine plan, one that, though not immediately apparent to us, is completely under His control.
Also, just kind of like side note, but have fun! Yes, you’re graduating, you have a big scary life ahead of you; there are assignments, papers, projects, internships… Don’t let that consume you though. Take a break sometimes, let yourself breathe and find comfort in the people around you. Having a social life is just as important as an academic one.
Oh, and call your parents. Just saying.