International Student Takes a Leap of Faith and Finds a Second Home in Grantham

Dori Gyori ’13

International Business

Biatorbagy, Hungary

(Watch highlights from Gyori’s career-high 26 point game against Alvernia, courtesy of athletics website.)

Like any international student who attends college thousands of miles away from family and the familiar, Messiah College junior and international business major Dorottya “Dori” Gyori ’13 defines home differently.

Born in Biatorbagy, Hungary, in 1990, Gyori discovered a second home in Grantham in 2008 when she accepted a freshman spot on the Messiah Falcons’ women’s basketball team.  A 6’2 highly-recruited forward during her senior year at Mechanicsburg Area High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa., Gyori had earned significant attention from Division 1 athletic programs across the U.S.

After weighing her options, she chose Messiah College, basing her decision on the College’s faith-based academics as much as the outstanding women’s basketball program under head coach Mike Miller.  Since then, Gyori has consistently excelled with the Falcons women’s basketball team, earning top spot for scoring and rebounding during the 2010-2011 season, as well as First-Team All Commonwealth Conference honors.

“I felt this was God’s plan for my life—to go to a school where faith would be integrated into every aspect of my life. For me, I felt that the athletic challenge of playing for Division-1 school was not necessarily the most important factor in selecting a college. While it was a leap of faith for me to come to a more expensive private school, God has provided every single semester,” she says.  “The deposit in my life as a Christian, an athlete and student as a result of my decision to attend Messiah has been unbelievable.”

This summer, after a quick visit with her family in Hungary in June, Gyori will join 40 student-participants in the College’s International Business Institute (IBI), an intensive 10-week study abroad experience for business-related majors to 13 industrialized countries throughout Europe and Asia.   “My business professors have inspired me to view business as a ministry opportunity. Maybe God will use me to take what I’ve learned back to my country for His kingdom purposes,” she says.

–Peggy Koach

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Posted on February 9th, 2012

4 Responses to “International Student Takes a Leap of Faith and Finds a Second Home in Grantham”

  1. Elaine Boardley Says:

    Congratulations Dori! I am so proud of you. I will pass this on the Administration at ICSB. May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve Him both in basketball and in your studies.

  2. David Welsh Says:

    Dori — What a great article! Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. We are all so proud of you!!

    Stay strong,
    Mr. Welsh

  3. Gábor Győri Says:

    Dear Dodó, we are so proud of You! Dad (Apu)

  4. Callus Says:

    Dori –
    What an honor to get to know you and to coach you! I know you have and will continue to teach me more than anything I could teach you! Can’t wait to see ALL that God has for you both on and off the court!!! Keep on keepin on!


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