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| I just do not feel that obtaining a college degree from Messiah College was a very good return on investment. After spending over $100,000 in tuition, I graduated in May 2013 and have not been able to find a good, stable job since then (October 2013). In case you were thinking that I could not find a job because I have not done my part in learning the material from Messiah College, my overall GPA was 3.75 while my major GPA was 3.81 out of 4.0. I believe that I have not been able to find a job because Messiah really has not taught me enough material that would be applicable to the workplace. |
First, in many of the classes I was required to take for my major, I have not even seen the material from those classes being used in any work environments for my field. Second, my department continues to let inadequate professors teach. For example, one professor in my department was unreasonably horrible; his classes consist of making students memorize useless terminology, memorize acronyms, learn software that would be extremely easy for one to learn on his own (ex. Twitter), etc. Another professor in my department was better, but still bad; his classes did teach useful material, but unfortunately that professor could not explain the material very well.
What many interviewers want from candidates is experience. When a college does not provide students with experience by effectively teaching them applicable material used in the workplace, then it is hard for a student to gain experience through that college, even if he or she has a high GPA. Thus, I did not believe it was a very good investment to pay over $100,000 for a Messiah college degree, only to be told when I graduated that I needed more experience.Besides what I learned at Messiah College, I also did not feel that the Messiah College atmosphere was very friendly. One of the main reasons why I chose Messiah College was that since it is a Christian college, I believed that the people there would be more friendly. However, spending 4 years at Messiah helped correct that fallacy as I realized that many Christians are really just self-righteous hypocrites. There also are some Christians at Messiah who do bad things such as use people to do work for them and lie about their work hours to get more money and still believe that they men of God.
|Sep 30 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| I will break up this review into 2 parts--one being on the academics and the other on the campus life.|
From working for a year as an electrical engineer, I can write that the engineering department academics are strong. I had a strong foundation as an electrical engineer to start working out of school. Many of my fellow coworkers never learned some of the things I learned during their undergrad education. This is a testament to the faculty background. Most worked in industry before teaching at Messiah. The professors actually encourage the students to work on real world projects with real world constraints.
About campus life, it can be boring on weekends. There are things to do in nearby Mechanicsburg or Harrisburg(about 10 miles away); however, you need a car to get there.
The chapels can be disappointing if you are from a more conservative style worship service. The music is almost always modern contemporary Christian music. Rarely are traditional hymns sung. This being said, if you truly want to have your faith grow, you need to get involved with a local church. The weekday chapels should not be your only Christian church experience during your time here and the faculty tell you this. Most of the staff can refer you to local congregations (and some will arrange transportation) so you can worship on Sundays more towards style/denomination of Christianity.As a final note, college is what you make it. It does not have to be boring.
|Aug 25 2013|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2012 |
| I visited Messiah when I was a junior in high school and fell in love with the place right away. After applying a year later and getting accepted with a decent scholarship, I decided to attend. My freshman year was nothing but pleasant. From the friendly faculty to the genuine student body, I can honestly say that I'm sad my first year has come to a close. |
My major is English with Secondary Education so technically I'm in both the English and the Ed. departments. While I haven't taken an Ed class yet, the English department has been wonderful. Faculty is always available to help and you can tell that they really care about students. I learned a lot in my introductory courses and am excited to get into the meat of my major next semester.
The social life at Messiah is what it is. The weekends can get boring (especially for freshman because you can't have a car), but there is usually something going on. Concerts, dances, coffee house, movies at parmer, etc. made the weekends bearable. I'm excited to have my car next year so I can spend some time off campus. Don't let the social life stop you from coming here, I found a great group of friends and we always figured out something to do.
The campus itself is beautiful, especially in the fall and spring. Those long winter months can be brutal, but it was worth it to see the flowers coming out at the end of March. The facilities are top notch, the new High Center is stunning and the recent renovation of the library is great. I wouldn't trade my first year at Messiah for anything, I can't wait to go back in the fall.
|May 16 2013|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2016 |