When I was applying for schools, I knew I wanted to work on issues of social justice and self-determination, and that I would need to know something about public policy to do that. I also articulate that passion as a spiritual calling. I wanted to be able to speak both languages: law and love, policy and divinity. Continue reading
Congratulations on your acceptance to Harvard Divinity School! Discerning program “fit,” in light of my scholarly and personal interests, was easy for me. I entered HDS with personal conviction, very much in alignment with the HDS mission, to foster a global culture of mutual understanding, respect, and goodwill—a culture in which people of every religion and culture coexist and work together in peace. I knew that the MTS program would help me to critically engage my understanding of my Catholic faith and learn more about powerful and interdependent cultural, political and social forces, as I endeavor to help implement empirically and cultural-linguistically based policies and programs centered on access to equitable health care and education for all.
The first thing I noticed when I arrived at Harvard is that there is always some interesting lecture to attend, a visit by a favorite academic/practitioner, or even a student group to get involved in. In addition to trying to keep up with your classes, how are you supposed to make time for the lecture by Malala Yousafzai or the impromptu visit by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the Harvard Graduate School of Design? Truth be told, it can all be a little overwhelming. Sure, there’s the constant joke that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is alive and well at Harvard. But there’s another way to look at it: there’s never a lack of opportunities within Harvard to get involved in the things you care about. Continue reading
Classmates, Events, FOMO, HBS, HGSE, HKS, HLS, Interfaith, Lectures, Libraries, Opportunities, Poverty, Prospective Students, Public Health, Research, Resources, Student Life, Theological Education Day, Tours, Work-Study
It’s hyper-stimulating. That’s what I thought, when I visited Harvard Divinity School for Theological Education Day. With all the panel discussions for prospective students, classes to visit, faculty and denominational counselors to meet, and library and campus tours, in addition to the regular events that take place throughout the year, like Community Tea, Noon Service, and events and lectures, there was far more going on than I could possibly do in my 2-day visit. As a student at Harvard for two years now, that feeling hasn’t gone away. I’ve found there’s far more going on here than I can even keep track of, let alone do, in any given week.
Academics, Admissions, Alumni, BTI, Classes, Clubs, CSWR, Field Ed, HBS, HGSE, HKS, Housing, MDiv, MIT, Noon Service, Ph.D., Pluralism Project, Prospective Students, Research, Student Life, Thoreau, UU, Work-Study
As I was learning about HDS through the website and preparing my application, I started imagining what it would be like to actually be there. If you’ve applied for the Fall, I bet you’ve wondered that, too. And, if you’re anything like me, you’re probably anxious to hear back from Admissions in mid-March and wondering what to do with yourself until then. The anxiety was nightmarish for me, but that didn’t stop me from dreaming. I mean, if you’re gonna worry about the worst possible outcome, you may as well imagine the best, too, right? So stay positive and start visioning.
Since the fall of 2011, I have worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government library, first as both a regular circulation assistant and a collections assistant and later just as a collections assistant. Initially, I averaged 20 hours per week (the limit for any full-time student on campus through work-study) but this year I kept it at 10. The difference between last year and this year has shown me a couple of things that I feel are important for anyone considering term time jobs while at HDS. Continue reading