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Joy Bronson and Merry-Reid Shaffer, MDIV2 - #SquadMember

Welcome from Joy Bronson, MDiv2

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! As I round the corner into my second year at Vanderbilt Divinity School, I have a few reflections on my past year that I…

Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Feature, , , , ,


Ella Clay

In Search for Destiny

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! “Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.” –Howard Thurman by Ella Bernadette Clay, MTS2 After many years of working as an…

Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , , ,


Luis Vargas

The Choice is Yours

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! by Luis Vargas, MDiv2 The best education in film is to make one. I would advise any neophyte director to try to make a…

Posted by on September 9, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , ,


Robles, a transgender Latinx student at VDS being themselves!

Welcome Class of 2018

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! by Robles, MDiv’17 As a people of many beliefs, ideas, identities, experiences, and walks of life, may I be able to use this reflection…

Posted by on September 2, 2015 in Feature, , , , , ,


VDS S Dass

Let it go, and Relax

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! by Sharah Dass, MDiv2 To the incoming class at Vanderbilt Divinity School, My name is Sharah Dass, and I am from Pakistan. As I started…

Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , ,


Hayley Eliott

Welcome to VDS

Each year, VDS invites returning students to offer words of advice to the incoming class. We hope these stories and lived wisdom will help you navigate your own path at Vanderbilt! Welcome to VDS by Hayley Elliott, MTS2 I can still see how the words looked as I read them and how they felt on my…

Posted by on August 19, 2015 in Feature, , , , , , , ,


S Canty

A Reason for this Season

“The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” —James Baldwin As a first-year master of divinity student, I entered Vanderbilt University ready to study and participate in the transformation of a world, which I feel, is in much need of healing. I…

Posted by on September 10, 2014 in Feature, , , , , ,


VDS students Summer 2014

Stop. Breathe. Relax.

This week, we share words of advice prepared by second year MDiv, James W. Dennis III, for our first year students. Stop. Breathe. Relax. The hardest part of your transition to Vanderbilt Divinity School is over!  You are finally here!!  Congratulations!!   However, don’t celebrate too soon.  A pat on the back is appropriate at this…

Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Feature, , , , ,


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