Shay graduated in 2020 from Messiah. Faced with difficult decisions following graduation during the COVID-19 pandemic, Shay chose to both pursue a Master's degree in Education and serve as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the Men's Soccer team at Eastern Mennonite University. Shay played for the Men's Soccer team at Messiah. He plans to take this next opportunity to grow in areas of influence such as coaching, mentoring, teaching, and discipling.
Of his time at Messiah, Shay says "My education at Messiah prepared me to ask better questions. A common thread I see among my peers in classes is a deep love for inquiry. At Messiah, Dr. Hasler-Brooks, Dr. Corey, Dr. Smith, Professor Perrin, and Dr. Dzaka all pushed me in my English courses to pursue the questions I had in my heart. That freedom they granted paired with the encouragement they gave prepared me well for graduate school. I'm mostly thankful for my overall experience at Messiah. During my time there, I experienced Christ's love through the many amazing people on campus. Seeing their commitment to Christ pointed me to grow in my own relationship with Him. My ultimate goal is to glorify God through the life He has given me, and I am extremely grateful for the way the people at Messiah modeled this in their own lives."