In coming to Messiah College, I expected to make some really good friends because people always said that your lifetime friends are the ones that you meet in college. I expected to love my classes and love going to class. I expected campus to be different and I expected to be pretty involved on campus. I was very involved in high school so I kind of assumed that I would be in college too.
Surprisingly, I did feel a culture shock. I grew up in an all-white community. And my race was never a big deal. And then I came to Messiah and I became very aware that I racially am different than the majority of students.
I miss my mom’s cooking. I miss good home cooked meals. And I miss just the comfort ability of being home and being in my stomping ground.
Since coming to college this is the first time that I’ve ever had female friends. In high school I had three of four female friends. Now I have mostly female friends. There has been a drastic shift in that. Some of my friends are white some of my friends are Asian. I have Hispanic friends. I have a wide variety of friendships as far as all of those things go. I have friends from other countries and friends from other states and ages, and professors even.
My reaction in coming to Messiah College as a freshman was that it was scary,overwhelming and exciting. I cried when my mom left me after convocation. During the candlelight service I definitely cried. I adjusted well and quickly which was nice.
My favorite Quote: Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.
My favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:13 “Three things with last forever. Faith Hope and Love. And the greatest of these is Love.
In 10 years I will be 30. Living alone with my cats. But really, I hope to be living in an urban setting. Be that Philly or Williamsport or York. Somewhere close to home but in the city working with teens and youth ministry with teens between the ages of 14 and 18.
My favorite thing about Messiah College is the opportunities. You have to try very hard to be bored around here. Between the minority clubs you have opportunity to try new food and learn about new cultures. Through study abroad you can go to new cultures and meet new people and go to new places. You can learn what it means to be a diverse body of Christ.