36 Signs You're A Messiah College Student

36 Signs You're A Messiah College Student

Chapel credit, CCC, ring by spring and all of the other Messiah College quirks you've grown to love.

36 Signs You Go to Messiah College

1) You experience an unshakable urge to leave the door open a foot when you're in any room with the opposite sex, even when you're at home with your family.

2) If you came from public school, you had a moment of shock the first time a professor started class in prayer.

3) There's some less than desirable parts of a Christian school, but you get the last laugh when you have an Easter break and most other schools don't.

4) "Faith integration" is a part of every assignment.

5) At least one person in your class is not wearing shoes right now

6) If you are not a soccer fan, you keep that a closely guarded secret.

7) You experience a moment of panic when you see someone openly drink alcohol, until you realize your mother is not bound by the community covenant, and she can have a glass of wine with dinner.

8) As a female, opening doors for yourself is almost unheard of.

10) By the time you graduate you have taken at least one selfie with President P.

11) You've experienced the "Christian College Walk of Shame." Otherwise known as going to Lottie on Sunday morning in your pajamas all the while avoiding eye contact with the churchgoers dressed in their Sunday best.

12) Your public school friends cannot understand how chapel is a mandatory part of your week.

14) Your laptop, cell phone, wallet and small valuables can be left sitting out without any worry of theft.

15) In fact, there’s a good chance your dorm is unlocked as we speak.

16) You’ve considered dropping a class simply because it’s on the 4th floor.

17) At any given moment, there is a hipster on campus playing the ukulele.

18) You’ve brainstormed multiple times on how to convince your RA a puppy classifies as a “Non-Carnivorous fish”.

21) You’ve been hit or almost hit by at least one Frisbee on your way to class.

22) You understand how “Sitting through chapel and realizing at the end you don’t have your ID” is horror movie material.

23) You are willing to brave the Lottie lines on Open House Days because the salad bar is replaced by towers of cupcakes.

24) You have been thrown in the breeches involuntarily at least once.

25) The closer you get to graduation, the more you realize that ring by spring is an actual thing.

26) When you slack a little bit on chapel attendance, “Next week is the last week for chapel credit” incites an anxiety attack.

27) Even if you no longer have a meal plan you still make a point to have dinner in Lottie on at least 3 occasions a year, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Dinner, and Easter Dinner.

28) You struggle to understand the finals week traditions. Why are male athletes in only underwear running around with Santa hats, and why are there people outside screaming at midnight?

29) Except the one finals tradition you fully support: late night pancakes in Lottie.

30) You could make a scrapbook with the amount of parking tickets you’ve received from p-safety.

31) You understand the frustration of making plans to hang out in a friend’s room (of the opposite sex) only to realize it's not visiting hours.

32) Roughly 85.4 percent of the student population is from Lancaster County.

33) Trying to drive past Boyer during class change is like playing a game of frogger.

34) When asked by anyone not within a two hour radius of Messiah where you attend school, you’ve learned to immediately say “It’s a small school outside of Harrisburg, PA”

35) You go to church with at least one professor.

36) You realize Messiah College is the only school you’d want to attend, even with its many quirks.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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College Can Be Difficult, But Trust Yourself, Girl

Life can throw you curveballs sometimes, and times can get tough, but it is SO important to pick yourself up and trust that you can do anything.


I'll be honest, this school year was one of the hardest years of my life. There were lots of moments throughout the year that I just wanted to go home and get away from it all. I had to be reminded that I have been raised to try as hard as you possibly can, and I was doing that. It took some determination and time, but I didn't give up.

No matter how bad I felt, I stayed and persevered.

Now that I am home for the summer, I have been reminiscing on the past two semesters of school. At the beginning of the school year, I had a much different idea of how it would go. It was going to be "my year," but somehow while the year was going on, I felt that I had been completely wrong. It's easy to come to quick conclusions when life doesn't exactly go your way. Conclusions like "this year has been the worst year ever" and "I can never get a break" were often popping up in my head. My grades weren't where I wanted them, and I was surprised by a lot of occurrences that I never expected to happen (imagine a wild ride). I found out who my true friends are and who I could rely on, and luckily, my circle only grew. Being extremely extroverted, it was hard for me to get out and just do something. Being in this "rut" took a toll on me. I had to make those hard decisions about doing what was best for me in the long run instead of doing something just for the moment. Trust me when I say, this was NOT easy at all.

Through all the tears and change all around me, I decided to proceed to the finish line because I am NOT a quitter.

I decided that it was time for me to allow myself to fully, undeniably be me. I wanted to start doing the little things I enjoy again like working out, taking pictures, and simply just going out to do anything. I started forcing myself to take any opportunity that came my way, and it helped. One of the things that brought me so much joy was kickboxing – talk about therapeutic, people! Kickboxing at least three times a week helped my mood shift so much, and it was a start to seeing me again. I am so blessed with friends who would come over at, literally, any time of the day. Spending time with them helped me more than they could ever know. We did anything from just hanging out in my living room to splurging on a fun dinner. Through everything that I was doing daily, I was learning how to rely on myself. Looking back now, I have never really had to know what it felt like to rely mainly on myself. I did get so much help from my family and friends, but what good could their help do if I didn't want to help myself first?

Even though I felt like this was one of the worst years of my life, it taught me so much more than I ever expected. Looking back now, I grew so, so much. I learned how to smile when times get tough. I learned that it really is okay to not be okay sometimes, and it will be okay eventually. I learned that it's okay to ask for help because we weren't made to do life alone. Most importantly, I learned how to trust myself. My hope for anyone reading this, you will learn from my experience that the worst seasons get better. I am in such a good place right now because I never gave up, and I will continue to never give up. In a short amount of time, I am seeing how far I have come and how much I grew.

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