Student Interviews and Activities

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Sage Advice

August 28, 2014

Learn from your classmates, practice joy and gratitude, and venture out. That's some of the wisdom members of the HDS community have to share with the 136 incoming students who started their orientation this week.

Student Profile: Joe Zesski

Student Profile: Joe Zesski

June 15, 2002

It's a common question that Harvard Divinity School students learn to endure from friends, family, and even complete strangers: What made you decide to study religion? But of all the answers that can and have been given to that query, the one provided by Joe Zesski, who graduated with an MDiv degree in 2002, is especially compelling.

Student Profile: Milia Islam

Student Profile: Milia Islam

March 10, 2002

Early in September of 2001, Milia Islam was already anticipating a tough transition in coming to a big northeastern city such as Boston after having lived most of her life in a small Missouri town (Fulton, population 10,000), and in undertaking a Harvard graduate program that is challenging under the best of circumstances.

Student Profile: Paula Smith

Student Profile: Paula Smith

May 10, 2003

Paula Smith was 33 years old the first time she encountered a female minister. That minister was the Rev. Janet Cooper Nelson, Chaplain of Brown University, who happens to be an alumna of Harvard Divinity School. The two became friends after Smith attended a service at the Newport Congregational Church, where Cooper-Nelson, a minister in the United Church of Christ, was standing in for a vacationing pastor. And the friendship served to fuel Smith's own burgeoning desire to pursue a ministerial vocation. 

HDS Students and Staff Minister to Ground Zero Workers

HDS Students and Staff Minister to Ground Zero Workers

May 1, 2002

It wasn't a typical, carefree spring-break trip. Rather than focusing on their own "r & r," five Harvard Divinity School students, one alumna, and two staff members decided to give comfort to Ground Zero site workers for two days during their March break. And this in turn provided the HDS students and staff with a first-hand experience in pastoral care that they say was unforgettable.

Student Profile: Precious Muhammad

Student Profile: Precious Muhammad

March 25, 2001

It's probably safe to say there aren't many 25-year-olds who have been responsible for organizing a Harvard-wide conference on a hot topic (Islam in America), creating their own publishing company, and discovering an important scholarly treasure, the 1873 autobiography of an African Muslim ex-slave who spent the last years of his life starting schools for black children in Alabama. Yet a Harvard Divinity School student has done all this and more.

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