As I am approaching graduation from seminary, I think it is a good time to reflect upon the 4 things I wish someone had told me before I started my Master of Divinity, M.Div.
1. Seminary is a holistic journey. The person you are at the beginning of seminary will have changed by the end of it. The purpose of this education is to challenge your beliefs in a way that makes them your own, so you will be able to minister and educate others. If you do not allow yourself to be changed by the curriculum then you are wasting a wonderful opportunity for spiritual growth.
2. A Master of Divinity degree is worth the amount of effort you put into it. There is always a book or an article to be read for class and it can feel overwhelming at times. Be sure to try and grasp a little of all the material but find the topics you are passionate about and delve into them.
3. Seminary is still worth it even if you are not sure you want work in a church. Seminary challenges the way you view the world and the way you think. Even if you do not end up in a church you will have the tools necessary to minister in whatever vocation you choose.
4. Make the most of your relationships. The professors, students, and guest lecturers are important. They will be your friends and fellow ministers in the future and they will always be a source of advice and opportunities. Do not squander your chance to make connections with some truly extraordinary people.