Mechanicsburg, PA
Messiah College


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Khara
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think its academic rigor.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

I think its academic rigor.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Be sure to spend more than a day on the campus, trying out classes and getting an idea of the actual atmosphere. Visit on a day that's NOT a campus visit day. It's not that people are fake on these days, but they tend to heighten the intensity of activity and even friendliness. Come on a day you're not expected to :), and stay for a few days, maybe even a week. Also, if you decide to go to a college, pressure the school for financial aid. Don't let them get away with saying funds are insufficient; there's always extra aid laying around, and you have a right to it. Fight for your money, and don't live beyond your means; if you can't afford a school, don't try to force yourself to be able to afford it. Just because it costs more doesn't make it better!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The low levels of diversity and racial-tolerance; the school claimed to be racially tolerant, but it was very uncomfortable to be a Black female on a predominantly White campus.

Ann
Describe the students at your school.

Everyone in classes are really nice and supportive of different ideas. It is sometimes nice to hear a new view point.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone in classes are really nice and supportive of different ideas. It is sometimes nice to hear a new view point.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

College itself is a learning experience. Don't only focus on the class work and forget the world around you. This is the only time in your life that you will get this kind of life experience.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

That my friends and I have a lot of fun and it doesn't always involve alcohol.

Elisabeth
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's really difficult to know what you want in a college until you're already there...Good luck. One you get there, make the...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It's really difficult to know what you want in a college until you're already there...Good luck. One you get there, make the most of it... get involved, be intentional about making relationships.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

How lacking in social activites this school is

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The pressure to be in a relationship (no casual dating)

Rachel
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

People call it the "non Christian Christian college" but I would not agree because I felt I really discovered how to back up...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

People call it the "non Christian Christian college" but I would not agree because I felt I really discovered how to back up my own faith as a student there.

Describe the students at your school.

Everyone thinks for themselves so you will best succeed if you have your own mind but are open to what others think.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You will often hear that college is the place to "reinvent" yourself but that is not true at all. Just let college be a time to figure out who you really are and let that person shine. Don't try and make yourself into someone you wish you were, but rather let who God has created you to be the strongest thing about what others see. As far as finding the right college, you really need to evaluate your needs and figure out what is most important to you in a college choice. Chances are you won't find a college that has every single criteria on your list (and if you do then GO FOR IT cause it IS rare) so make sure you know what your top priorities are. The most important thing though is to visit the campus and make sure it "fits". Just like you need to make sure you "click" with a person to date, you need to "click" with the school you're committing to. Four years (+/-) is a long time and you want to make sure its right for you!

Elizabeth
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

small liberal Christian college, small town, close to the capital, lots of volunteering opportunities, great study abroad op...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

small liberal Christian college, small town, close to the capital, lots of volunteering opportunities, great study abroad opportunities

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

how strict it would be, the no tolerance for alcohol policy, seriousness of chapel, that Christian schools aren't what is expected,

Jennifer
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I suggest that you find a college where you feel comfortable. Also, in your first year, make connections with other student...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I suggest that you find a college where you feel comfortable. Also, in your first year, make connections with other students, freshmen and upperclassmen alike. Meet the faculty of the school during your decision process. There is a fit for you somewhere, you just have to be the one to find it (not your mother or father or other family member or friend).

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

There isn't anything that I wish I would have known before coming to the school. I do wish I tried harder to get to know people the first year so that I would know more people this year.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Sometimes it feels like we are in a "bubble" and all that we talk about, think about, and do is encapsulated in the campus. Sometimes I feel like I should be out in the world and doing things there, but I feel stuck here on campus with no connection to the outside world.

Kelly
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for it's Christian affiliation. We are also known for our incredible men's and women's soccer teams....

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our school is best known for it's Christian affiliation. We are also known for our incredible men's and women's soccer teams. The community around the college loves us and companies love to hire our students because of our strong work ethic and strong morals.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

While it is a Christian college, it is rather liberal. It's in the country but just minutes away from our state's capital. There's always something to do, whether on campus or off. And they strongly encourage students to study abroad.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would definitely suggest doing an overnight stay at the college and definitely visiting a couple of times. It's hard to see what a college is like after just one visit, and without talking to a current student. If you're not in love with your college, transfering isn't a huge deal. I have quite a few friends who transfered and it turned out to be a good decision for them. DON'T chose a college just because your best friend or boyfriend are going!

Brittany
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Messiah is very beautiful out of the way, but the closest big city is 20 minutes away.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Messiah is very beautiful out of the way, but the closest big city is 20 minutes away.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't just go by what the college is offering you b/c they will ususally change their mind. Find out what the college is all about and take a tour. While on the tour talk to random students at the school not just your tour guide. The guide is getting paid to sell the school and make you want to go there. Find out what there is to do on campus, make sure there are fun things to do if not DON'T GO THERE! Find out if there are ways to get off campus for food, etc. without needing a car. Once you're there you're usually stuck unless you know someone with a car or if they have shuttles into town. Check if the school has mandatory lectures, mine did and i had to get up at 8:00 every tuesday and thursday! IT SUCKED!! You want these 4 years of college to be awesome if you're not going to have a blast pick a different college that is more suitable for you! You are the one paying the tuition you should choose a school you like!!

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

there really isn't much to do on campus. If you want to do something you usually have to go off campus and unless you pay 50 dollars and are an upperclassmen you are not allowed to have your car on campus which makes getting off campus very hard.

Heidi
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are friendly and accepting.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are friendly and accepting.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

There are a few simple steps that you can take in order to select a great school and enjoy your experiences at that school. First of all you should take your time and shop around. Visit the campus. Try to ask current students about their experiences. Go with your gut instinct. You will know when you have found a college that is right for you. However there is no perfect school, so do not worry yourself about finding it. You will eventually need to chose a college, which brings us to the second point of this question. How can you get the most out of your college experience? College life is all about balance. Sometimes you need to work hard, but you also need to take time for yourself. Spending time with close friends, engaging in activities, and meeting new people are all important. Your college years will be amazing, as long as you follow this advice. Get your work done, and then go out and have fun.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I would have known not to sell my books back to the bookstore, because they do not pay you near what the books are worth.

Kaitlin
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Messiah was the friendliest place that I visited. The campus is beautiful and it is a small-ish (3.000 students) Christian sc...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Messiah was the friendliest place that I visited. The campus is beautiful and it is a small-ish (3.000 students) Christian school with a student body that is generally open-minded and socially conscious.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Students: Visiting your potential schools is important - it'll give you a good feel for what the student body is like. Don't worry too much about what you think you'll be doing after you graduate -- you've got two or four years ahead of you and LOTS will change in regards to who you are and the direction you want to go in life by the time you're looking for jobs. Also, keep in mind that you will have to pay back those loans! If you're thinking about grad. school, remember that it's better to go to a big-name school for graduate studies than for your undergrad. work. Above all else, trust your instincts and do what feels right for you, regardless of what other people are doing or saying. Parents: Trust your children! They know their gifts and talents -- let them decide what school is best for them! Your role as a supportive parent is crucial at this time in life. Just keep being there for them, lending support and advice when they need it. Good luck! And have fun these next years. :)

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who is looking to get drunk every weekend or have members of the opposite sex sleep over in their rooms.

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