Melanie Bockmann

MDiv

Making the decision to go back to graduate school was a huge one for me-"Is this what God wants me to do? Should I spend the money? Am I ready to make the necessary sacrifices?" Then, when I finally decided to pursue an MDiv, "Where should I go?"

I chose Fuller Northwest because I noticed the staff and professors seemed to have a deep respect for spiritual things, which was not the case in some other schools with MDiv programs I visited. They also seemed to care about students beyond academics, and when I was feeling intimidated standing in the long shadow of the prospect of starting graduate school, the advisors helped bolster my courage. In addition, Fuller is respected by my denomination, and several of my pastor friends who received advanced degrees from Fuller highly recommended it.

Since I've been here, I've been challenged academically and spiritually in ways I would not have imagined. I've found myself in a circle of new friends. My professors have gone beyond my expectations in providing mentorship. I've discovered Fuller Northwest is an inclusive place, and I love being part of that.

Many times I have been up late in the evening parsing Greek verbs, or wrestling with a passage for an exegetical paper, or absorbing fascinating moments from church history in my reading, and I stop and realize how thankful I am to be here. I'm thankful for the deadlines, for the sheer volume of information I'm trying to take in, for the chance to participate in the beautiful struggle of learning that makes me feel alive.

I continue to feel overwhelmed with gratitude that God led me here-to this place-where I can continue unfolding into the person He's calling me to be.