At the Crossroads: Starting the First Year of Messiah College

Lindsay Koach ’15

Peggy Koach
Editorial Assistant

Elizabethtown, Pa.

Each August, familiar hello-goodbye scenes unfold across the Messiah College campus on Move-In Day.  For students, the next four years will include new experiences, friendships and paths toward adulthood.  Parents, too, find themselves standing at the crossroads of beginnings and endings during this time.

First-year nursing student Lindsay Koach ’15 and her mom Peggy, the editorial assistant in the Office of Marketing and Public Relations, recently sat down at The Falcon to discuss this transition that a family experiences as a student leaves home for college.

Peggy Koach: What aspect of college are you most excited about?
Lindsay Koach:
I am most excited about the opportunity to meet a lot of new people.  Because I went to a small private school (Covenant Christian Academy in Harrisburg, Pa.), I think a campus of 3,000 students is a great size for being able to build  new friendships while still being able to get one-on-one connection with my professors.  Also, I’m excited about my nursing classes and study abroad.

PK: What’s your biggest worry?
LK: Well, at the same time I’m looking forward to my nursing classes, I’m also a little nervous because my Anatomy and Physiology course has a reputation for being pretty hard.  I want to do well–and keep my scholarship (Laughs).

PK: I read a statistic that nearly 60 percent of students choose to attend a college located within 100 miles of home.  What prompted you to stay close, less than 40 miles from your hometown?
LK: I value being near my family and there was the thought in the back of my mind that wherever I go to college, there’s a good chance I could end up working in this area.  The college campus itself is its own little world in a sense, so I feel like I am far enough away from home to get the full college experience.  But, this is partly why I want to study abroad internationally at college:  I feel like I’m getting the best of both worlds.

PK: Name one essential item you packed for college and one you think may turn out to be unimportant.
LK: Without a doubt, the essential item in my suitcase was my hair straightener.  The nonessential item is probably going to be my dorm room coffeemaker; it turns out, I love the coffee in Lottie (Nelson Dining Hall).

PK: So, how did Messiah get your vote when it came time for you to decide between a few great choices?
LK: Mostly, I based my final decision on the strength of the nursing program at Messiah, as well as the strong study-abroad option.  Plus, I was able to get a great scholarship with the College Honors program.  It was important to me to go to a Christian college where faith was not just a nominal thing, but really integrated and essential to all academics.  I feel confident I’ve made the right decision.

LK: Final question, Mom.  What is one lesson you’d like me to know before I go?
PK: It would be the same one I wrote down on a post-it note for your first day of fifth grade at CCA.  Then, like now, Lindsay, you were a little nervous about a new school experience.  On that note, I copied Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Life is always going to have crossroads, joys, uncertainties and changes, but if you know Jesus Christ and lean on him, you will be able to walk through anything and accomplish His will for your life.  So, if I could jot down that verse again  for you today …
LK: You don’t have to do that, Mom.  I still have the original.

Posted in Class of 2015, Honors Program, Majors & Minors, Nursing, Study Abroad | 2 Comments »

Posted on December 9th, 2011

2 Responses to “At the Crossroads: Starting the First Year of Messiah College”

  1. Lisa Heilman Says:

    Loved this article! It choked me up because I remember when Peggy went off to college and the challenges she faced. Now, here she is, a terrific mother, sharing the knowledge she gained at college (and in life!) with her beautiful daughter! Good luck to you both!

  2. Jody (Donnelly) Walter Says:

    Out of the blue I decided to look up my old college friend Peggy today to see if she is on Facebook yet. My google search led me to this beautiful interview between Peggy and her daughter Lindsay. Sweet…Life is a circle. Best wishes to my old friend and her daughter.


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