Working for Student Life as a Graduate Assistant has a lot of perks. My office is right near the candy bowl and upstairs from the coffee and tea room; I also get to be one of the first ones to know about upcoming programs. However, my favorite part of working for the Office of Student Life is helping to plan and attending Community Tea every Tuesday at 4pm. Community Tea is a 30-year-old tradition. Each week a different office or organization hosts, and as part of my job I get to work with them to plan their tea.
To be honest, when I came to HDS for admitted students day I was looking for excuses not to come here. I had just graduated from Emory and received a job offer to stay there and work. I was afraid to leave my comfort zone filled with friends, relationships, and work. But I knew I couldn’t just turn down Harvard without a good reason, so I decided to come to the Admitted Students Day and find a reason why HDS was not for me. The quickest way to do that, I realized, was to discover that there was no real community here and, thus, it was not a place where I could be successful.
Me: Hi, I’m Kevin McIntosh. I’m a first year MTS student studying American Religious History with a focus on pop culture. I’m from Atlanta (or Florida or Maryland depending on the day).
Random Person (RP): Oh, so you want to get a PhD in religion and teach it?
Me: No, I’m actually planning on going into student affairs. You know, help plan programs and events for a college campus.
RP: So why are you in divinity school again?