Elizabeth City, NC
Master of Divinity, 2nd year

Why Drew?
I came to Drew because I knew that I would be academically challenged in an atmosphere that would still nurture my spiritual life.

For what vocation is Drew preparing you?
I hope to someday work in a non-profit organization or ministry that will serve the under-privileged. I hope that my time at Drew will show me some opportunities in which to serve. Drew’s M.A.M. program fits my educational needs perfectly as I am not seeking ordination from a church, but I wish to be prepared for different forms of ministry. I hope to use what I learn at Drew to help others in the communities in which I live.

What is your most memorable Drew moment?
I have only been at Drew for a few months, but I already feel like I have several memorable moments that I would love to share. One of my favorite moments occurred in Craig Chapel. We were all singing a song in a language other than English and I looked around the room to see that so many people groups were represented in the voices. It was in that moment that I feel that I began to realize what it really means to be a part of the Kingdom of God. We were all so different, yet our voices were all raised in unison singing to God. It was a very powerful moment.

What is your favorite aspect of community life at Drew?
My favorite aspect of the Drew community is the fact that it allows me to bring my own personality to the table. It is not a community in which I feel that I must change and morph myself into some preexisting mold. I am encouraged to bring my own life experiences and opinions to the group and the community readily accepts me. I love that I can see unity in the Drew community amidst people of such varied backgrounds and personal experiences.

What advice do you have for prospective Drew students?
Look at all of the opportunities that Drew offers. There are so many wonderful opportunities to be found here on campus, there probably isn’t even time to be a part of them all. Drew appealed to me because I realized how many chances I would have to try something new. Whether traveling to New York City or attending a Taize prayer service in the chapel, the prospect for new experiences is limitless at Drew.

What is your favorite dish served at Drew community meals?
My favorite dish at Drew was the night that we had burgers and I learned that Seminary Hall does not serve red meat. I ate my turkey burger and realized how Drew is so conscious of its carbon footprint. There are so many things that I take for granted, that I never realized what an impact simply reducing the amount of red meat you eat can make. That meal inspired me to look into other ways that I could personally reduce my own carbon footprint.