From Graduation to Grad School with a Dean’s Fellowship

Boston University I usually spend spring break at home with my family and friends, but this year I took a trip up to Boston to visit my future graduate school, Boston University School of Theology. Luckily, the visit days fell on Monday through Wednesday of Nyack’s spring break, so I did not have to miss class or take off of work. For three days the Boston University admissions team hosted the recipients of the Dean’s Fellowship, a scholarship award for high academic achievement, and gave us an idea of what it will be like to be students of the university. I enjoyed the visit, and I am excited to begin my graduate studies.

It took me about four hours to drive up to Boston on Monday afternoon. I arrived just in time for a diner with the admissions staff, alumni, and other proponents of Boston University School of Theology. Afterward, we spent the night in the luxurious Hotel Buckminster. I shared the comfortable room with two other prospective seminarians. We woke up rested and prepared to explore the School of Theology.

The next day was full of activity. We visited classes, explored the campus, and met important leaders in the School of Theology. I sat in on a class about the history of Christianity, and the days topic was John Calvin. It was very interesting, and it was much more in-depth than my undergraduate studies. The campus is right in the middle of the city of Boston, and it is a vibrant, lively area. I attended meetings and seminars with professors and leaders of organization, and I ate lunch with the academic dean. It was a great opportunity to connect with some brilliant people and get a better understanding of the School of Theology’s mission and purpose.

On Wednesday we attended chapel, ate lunch with the School of Theology students, and had a final Q&A session with admissions. Chapel was a good time of fellowship and worship. At lunch I got acquainted with many current students and found out what it’s like to be a part of the School of Theology. During the Q&A I got a better understanding of subjects like housing, insurance, and curriculum.

I had a few different options for grad school, but I chose Boston University because of its focus on applying and living out what it teaches. It’s goal is to equip and mobilize the scholars and ministers it trains to make a positive impact on the world. I feel that Nyack College has prepared me for Boston University because Nyack has a similar mission. It has taught me to apply what I learn to my life and to positively impact the lives of those around me.

Pierce VanDunk

About Pierce VanDunk

I'm a Junior at Nyack College studying Bible and Theology. I love Jesus, which is why I want to be a Bible professor; my goal is to learn as much as I can about Him and teach others what I learn. My favorite teams are the Mets, Celtics, and Cowboys (don't hate me New Yorkers!). I also enjoy playing guitar and reading. Connect with Pierce on Google+
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