Freeport, NY
Master of Divinity, 1st year
African Methodist Episcopal

Why Drew?
Drew is the perfect fit for me!  Drew is academically challenging, yet spiritually stimulating.  Drew’s population, both student and faculty, is diverse and yet still feels like a united community.  I love that we get to discuss deep theological theories and challenging biblical texts in class, and through other opportunities in the community, students are given the chance to engage in discussions about how to practically apply what we are learning and experiencing.   The diversity of thought and life experiences that make up the Drew community has truly inspired the way I think about life and my service to others through ministry.

For what vocation is Drew preparing you?
I am preparing for pastoral ministry.  I believe that God has called me to use the Gospel to encourage and strengthen individuals who have experienced trauma and abuse.  Through preaching the Gospel and pastoral counseling, I want to work with families and children, particularly in urban settings, and help them build resiliency and strength to improve their lives.  Drew will equip me academically, and through various experiences in ministry and diverse discussions I will be strengthened spiritually.

What is your most memorable Drew moment?
I have two most memorable moments at Drew, so far.  One was my first communion service as a new student during orientation week.  And the other was the Matriculation Service where I had the opportunity, along with all other incoming students, to sign “The Book” marking my entry into a long history of Drew Theological School students.  In my opinion, both of these events speak to the great sense of unity that characterizes the Theological School at Drew University.   Each time I reflect back on these two events I remember the sense of belonging and acceptance that I felt and that I continue to feel as a student here at Drew.

How will you have changed when you graduate from Drew?
I’m not sure how exactly I will have changed after graduating from Drew, but I do know that I will be a stronger individual and that I will be equipped to fulfill my call.  My time at Drew will form me into a well-rounded person, who is more open and accepting to difference and change.  I will be more confident and sure of who I am and what my goals are in life.  Although I am not sure of the person I will be at graduation, I do believe I will be a better individual because of my experience at Drew.

What is your favorite aspect of community life at Drew?
What I love about Drew is that everyone looks out for one another and is very accepting of each other’s differences.  I like the fact that I have never felt out of place or unwanted.   Drew students and faculty are very welcoming and encouraging.  Drew really does have a true sense of community.

What advice do you have for prospective Drew students?
Come with an open mind and heart to experience all that Drew has to offer.  There are so many opportunities at Drew, so many people to meet, and so many stories and life experiences to hear.  You will be challenged in many different ways and yet you will be strengthened and encouraged as you journey through your time at Drew.  My advice would be to come to Drew with little assumed and a lot of willingness to grow