wonedy Posted September 25, 2013 Share Posted September 25, 2013 Hello! I'm currently considering applying for an mDiv. My call is strong, but unfortunately I'm not sure if I'm exactly what divinity schools like Yale, Vanderbilt & Emory (where I intend to apply) are looking for, even though I'm not exactly sure what a typical mDiv student at these institutions really 'looks like.' I'm not considering Duke. Without writing a personal statement, this is me in a nut-shell: I come from an unhealthy family (drugs, alcohol, anger) and I left home at 16. Hard work and the grace of God landed me a full ride merit scholarship to a top ten university, where I held several on campus leadership positions, published in a journal or two, and ultimately graduated with a 3.71 GPA in History and Women's Studies. I'm currently a Spanish teacher in Memphis, TN with the Teach For America program. Working in a high-needs classroom has been a transformational experience for me, and it was in Memphis that I heard my call. I realized the precariousness of my life and ego, that all of my accomplishments were really blessings, the grace of God meant to prepare me for a life of giving and ministry. This is inescapable for me now: after hearing my students stories and seeing their battle wounds--physical and psychical--I cannot and will not return to the business-as-usual of white bourgeious privilege. Also, I am gay. The problem is that I've had more than my fair share of indescretions. I was on disciplinary probation for basically my entire undergraduate experience after alcohol poisoning landed me in the ER a couple times during my first semester (there were also a couple vandalism issues while drinking), and I ultimately had to take my second semester off to 'settle down' a little bit with my drinking. I was in denial about the fact that I was an alcoholic, and while I returned to school and did fine academically/conduct-wise, I didn't stop drinking until the summer before senior year, when a blackout drunk 'prank call' to 911 landed me in jail. This was utlimately my 'rock bottom,' and I haven't had a drink since. But I do have a misdemeanor 'false fire alarm' conviction. I will definitely be writing about these events and speaking to their importance in my spiritual and emotional growth, but I was wondering if divinity schools like Yale, Vanderbilt and Emory are forgiving of circumstances like these? I've been 100% sober and subsequently crime-free since for over 2 years (over three years once my intended enrollment date of Fall 2014 gets here). My thought is that if they aren't forgiving, I don't want to go anyway, but I'd love to have some encouragement/suggestions either way! What do people think? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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