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I lived in both Witmer and Bittner during my first year at Messiah, and I would have to say that Bittner is the best. Moving in is much easier, due to the elevator in Mountain View, an upperclassmen dorm that is connected to Bittner through a series of breezeways. Witmer does not have an elevator, so if you get stuck on the third or fourth floor, moving in is NOT fun. Also, the rooms in Bittner have a little bit more space, the floor lounges are larger, and it is closer to the academic buildings on campus. The only downfall to Bittner is that it is usually reserved mostly for transfer students, so if you are not a transfer student, the likelihood of you getting to live there is slim. Hope this helps!
I have been the same way. I was homeschooled through highschool, but I have found myself opening up even more through senior year and I am determined to come out of my shell at college. You'll be fine & you are going to make some awesome forever friends.
First of all, hi! I think transferring to Messiah is a great idea! I think that it will be easier than you think to make good friends with guys and girls on campus. Many of us are extremely outgoing, and I have yet to meet one unfriendly person, shy or otherwise. Good luck and I hope you decide to come to Messiah!
The journalism program is growing quite rapidly at Messiah! With our student-run media hub "The Pulse", you have the opportunity to earn practicum hours in a variety of fields. If you are interested to see what The Pulse specifically has to offer, please go to pulse.messiah.edu. From this website, you can access the work of current practicum students who are working for "The Swinging Bridge" (the campus newspaper), a branch of The Pulse, as well as other aspects of The Pulse. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at email@example.com. I would be happy to answer any questions that you have. I hope this helps!
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Messiah College is what you make of it. Because of the school’s distinct beliefs and traditions, no student is going to love every aspect of the College. The rules will bind some but will set others free. A positive attitude and an open mind are definitely needed to be happy at this school. A passion for helping others and feeling connected will also make your years here more enjoyable because Messiah’s commitments to service and community are what make this school unique. The College greatly encourages service to others by presenting many service opportunities throughout the year, and there is a service requirement in the general education curriculum. As a freshman, be prepared to hear the word “community” repeated very often in chapel, class, and from your RA and RD.
Messiah wants to have an intentional community across campus, and promotes it through every aspect of student life. However, all of this community and togetherness sometimes drives people apart and into cliques and groups, and Messiah definitely has a problem with rumors, snobbery, and generally mean and exclusive behavior. If you find yourself in a situation with these types of people, it can be difficult to get away because of the close-knit community students live in. So, try to surround yourself with positive and uplifting people you meet in class and extracurricular activities, and ignore the downers. At Messiah, the class setting fosters an open atmosphere where students can work to define their beliefs. General education classes and chapel offer opportunities to discuss, challenge, and strengthen your beliefs. By the time a student leaves Messiah, they will know 100 percent what they believe and why they believe it—whether they hold similar views to the ones they came in with or had their convictions transformed completely.
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