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Pictured from left to right: K.C. Mcconnell, Mikaela Allen, Emily Rogal

Hello  prospective and current HDS Community!

We are K.C. Mcconnell, Mikaela Allen, and Emily Rogal, and we are thrilled to serve as graduate assistants for the Office of Admissions. We work both behind the scenes to prepare for admissions events like DivEx and Theological Education Day,  while also serving as student liaisons to answer many of your admissions related questions. If you have time to see the magnificent HDS campus in person, we will also serve as your enthusiastic tour guides.

One of our favorite tasks is (wo)manning the blog. This year, we hope to utilize the admissions blog as a tool for future students to glimpse what life at HDS actually looks like. In order to do this, we need your help! If you are a current student, let us know if you would like to write or see a blog post highlighting a particular aspect of HDS, whether that be your favorite class/professor, a delicious brunch spot, or coverage of an exciting event. Likewise, if you are a prospective student, please contact us with your curiosities.

Now, we would love to introduce ourselves so you have a better idea of who we are:

My name is Emily Rogal and I am a first year student in the MDiv program. I am a recent graduate of Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts, where I majored in Religious Studies. In my MDiv, I hope to work in several of my interest areas including feminism, liberation theology, Judaism, and ritual as a way of investigating the ways that tradition/modernity can inform one another. In my life outside of school, I am a Jewish educator, a birth/post-partum doula, a follower of dogs on Instagram. I am always scoping out a new place to drink expensive lattes and buy cheap hair dye. I am looking forward to seeing you all on campus this year!

Hi all! I’m K.C.! You may remember me from our summer blog post . I was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in the suburbs surrounding Philadelphia. I am a first-year student in the MTS program. I graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 2016 with a BA in Religion and a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies. My interests at HDS include Jainism, South Asian religion, animal studies, religion’s influence on social justice movements, and religion in international affairs. Outside of class, I spend my time exploring Cambridge with friends, going on long walks with no particular direction, and hanging out with my rabbit, Beast. His interests include cardboard boxes, devising new ways of escaping from his playpen, and Twin Peaks.


The aforementioned Beast

Mikaela here! I spent much of my childhood in Cache-Valley, Utah before moving to Louisiana in eighth grade. I received a BA in religious studies from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. At Harvard Divinity School, I am pursuing an MTS within the Buddhist Studies concentration with specific interests in Chinese Buddhist ecology. Outside of class, I enjoy running, folk music, and long conversations over coffee. My favorite place on campus so far is the common area in Div Hall…a land of free coffee and comfy chairs. Obviously, coffee is a major theme in my life.

If you’d like to contact any of us directly either about your blog ideas or with any questions about the student experience-academic life, social life, opportunities around Harvard, etc.- always feel free to email ask_students@hds.harvard.edu. We’d be more than happy to connect with you!


Emily, K.C., and Mikaela