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Meet the Not-So-New Recruits

We like to think that our Communication Department students represent some of the finest individuals on campus. And if you don’t agree, simply start a conversation with one of them. This month, I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of our remarkable first year COMMunity members who survived their first semester and a half. Meet Keara Kobzowicz, Mark Leach, Charmaine Lim, Jacob Miaczynski and Trust Milyango.

 

Keara Kobzowicz

Q: What is your major and expected graduation year?

A: Film and Media Arts, 2020

 

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I grew up in Carlisle, PA just 20 minutes away from campus.”

 

Q: Can you describe your time here thus far in one word?

A: “Involved.”

 

Q: What do you do for fun or to relax?

A: “In my downtime I hang out with friends, play games, or do something creative to get my mind off homework and other such things.”

 

Q: What has been one highlight from your time here at Messiah?

A: “Getting to know people so similar yet so vastly different from myself.”

 

Mark Leach

Q: What is your major and expected graduation year?

A: Communications, 2020

 

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I grew up in Camp Hill, PA, only about 8 minutes away from here!”

 

Q: What are your thoughts on classes thus far?

A: “Most classes this year have been Gen-Ed's but the classes within Communications have been a great experience. Up to this point, I have taken a couple writing classes that have allowed me to find even more of an appreciation for writing in media, fiction/non-fiction, etc.”

 

Q: Can you describe one highlight from your time here at Messiah?

A: “My experience on the baseball team thus far. Being able to become brothers with my teammates (regardless of class) has been an incredible experience, and really just makes me even more excited for what the future holds with these guys!”

 

Q: What else would you like these fine readers to know?

A: “I want to give advice for future students at Messiah: Do not underestimate academics in college!”

 

Charmaine Lim

Q: What is your major and expected graduation year?

A: Journalism, 2020

 

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I was born in Singapore and spent my first two years there, then my family moved to Hunan, China, because of my parents' call to mission there, and finally, in 2008, we moved out to Hong Kong, where we've been until I came to Messiah in the fall.”

 

Q: Can you describe one low-light from your time here at Messiah?

A: Being away from my family and the Asian food. Especially over Chinese New Year (January 28th), it was hard not being with them.”

 

Q: Do you have any expectations moving forward?

A: “Nothing specific, but I'm looking forward to a lot of my classes. One of the fun things about being a Journalism major is that I have a lot of free credits, so I get to take different classes and expand my realm of interests.”

 

Q: What else would you like these fine readers to know?

A: If someone could show up at my room with a box of Golden Retriever or German Shepherd puppies, I would love that.”

 

Jacob Miaczynski

Q: What is your major and expected graduation year?

A: Public Relations, 2020

 

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Erie, PA

 

Q: Can you describe your time here thus far in one word?

A: “Life-changing.”

 

Q: What do you do for fun or to relax?

A: “I love to go on adventures off campus. I also run and lift in my free time, which helps to refocus my mind and get in the grove of doing homework and assignments.”

 

Q: What else would you like these fine readers to know?

A: “People need to know that Messiah is what you make of it. You have to get involved and you have to go to events; if they’re not fun, you’ve got to make them fun. You get out what you put in.”

 

Trust Milyango

Q: What is your major and expected graduation year?

A: Communications, 2020

 

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: “I was born and raised in a small country called Tanzania, which is located in east Africa.”

 

Q: Can you describe one highlight from your time here at Messiah?

A: “Getting to meet new people from all over the world, and trying American food and pastries, like pop tarts and corndogs.”

 

Q: Can you describe one low-light from your time here at Messiah?

A: “It is super cold. This is the coldest place I have ever been in my life. Adjusting is hard.”

 

Q: What do you do for fun or to relax?

A: “This may be weird but watching a movie or a comedy series really relaxes me. I enjoy hanging out with my friends as well. They can always guarantee a good time.”

 

- Miriam A. Thurber '19