The Seven Wonders of the World list was recently revised, and, I’m sorry to say, Stonehenge did not make the new list. However, this creative replica of Stonehenge certainly deserves to be on some sort of “wonder list.” Hmmmm…
With some quick research, I quickly determined that there are actually several such “wonder” lists — Wonders of the Ancient World, Wonders of the Modern World, Wonders of the Natural World. The Harrisburg Patriot-News even released the Seven Wonders of the Midstate on Sunday. Their list, which included local wonders like the Susquehanna River, the smell of Hershey, and Mayor Stephen Reed, got me thinking about the Seven Wonders of Messiah.
7 — Adventure education. A whole course of study devoted to building, using, and challenging groups and individuals against a wilderness backdrop. Hiking, kayaking, navigating a ropes course are each norms in this course.
6 — Smart kids. They earn Fulbright Scholarships, pass CPA exams with the greatest of ease, and have no trouble with state licensing exams for nurses. They excel in their classes and earn entry into prestigious graduate schools. Messiah students are a wonder!
5 — the Biology department. This diverse group of folks specialize in everything from mushrooms to Panamanian golden frogs to insect ecology. Whoa.
4 — Ladies in leadership. The president, dean of students, vice president of operations, director of safety, director of marketing and public relations — all women! So many good examples of talented, capable women flexing their leadership muscles.
3 — the Agape Center. 400 students a week volunteer at one of 34 local community service agencies! The College’s commitment to service and ability to look beyond self is indeed amazing.
2 — Campus. Have you seen this place? The winding Yellow Breeches and famous covered bridge. The beautiful landscaping. The green spaces. Geese and ducks, birds of all varieties.
1 — Soccer! The men are five-time national champions. Need I say more?