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In my experiences, college campuses in the summer are equal parts pleasant and eerie. Pleasant, because the hallways, buildings and sidewalks associated with the stress, crowds and busyness of the semester are now ideal places to take a stroll, enjoy the sunshine, or have a long chat with someone you may just wave to and sprint past when there are papers to write. But at the same time, all that emptiness feels a bit strange, like the calm before a storm or the setting of a post-rapture SciFi miniseries where you’ve been left behind.

This is all a roundabout way of saying that we here at the HDS admissions office have been enjoying the low key summer vibe. But with that being said, summer still has its exciting features, some of which I’ll share in this update post.

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First, we have welcomed our newest graduate assistant, K.C. McConnell. K.C. hails from the suburbs of Philly and did her undergrad at Bryn Mawr College where she studied Religion with a focus in Gender and Sexuality. She’s an incoming MTS student interested in South Asian Religion, especially Jainism and will also be a Junior Fellow in HDS’s Science, Religion and Culture Program. She joins me, Keith Esposito (third year MDiv, religion and education), and together we are responsible for giving tours to visiting students and responding to student inquiries. Check out our summer tour schedule if you’re interested in visiting campus, or email us at ask_students@hds.harvard.edu if you’d like an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to study at HDS.

K.C. is also currently studying German with the Summer Language Program (SLP), a unique opportunity for current and incoming HDS students to do an intensive class in one of eight languages ranging from Biblical Hebrew and Latin to French and Pali. SLP classes count towards degree requirements, meaning students can take these language classes over the summer to free up their semester schedule or allow more time for advance study. I also did SLP (in Spanish) as an incoming student, and it was a great way to spend a summer.

Last, we have officially launched the application for our Diversity and Explorations Program (DivEx). DivEx is a three day program in November for prospective masters students that introduces our graduate programs that span religious and cultural divides. DivEx is geared especially towards current college undergraduates with a special commitment to diversity and social justice. Oh, and best of all, it’s completely free! The application deadline is September 12th, so be sure to reach out to us if you have any questions.

That’s all for now! Check back soon for more posts.