FROM THE WELL:
by Jayme Yeo
“I learned over the course of that first year that graduate school offers a lot of opportunities and obstacles for spiritual, personal, and professional growth. … and so I’d like to offer a few thoughts for anyone entering graduate school for the first time (or those of you who, like me, still need an occasional reminder that you’re not in it alone).”
By Jayme Yeo
"As a graduate student, I often find myself acting as though God simply does not belong in my work. Talking with Christian friends in other disciplines, I realize that I am not the only one facing the problem of integrating work and faith in an academic environment."
From our mentors at The Well:
by Bob Trube
"The practice of attentiveness not only makes us more aware of the presence of the Lord throughout our day. Prayerful attentiveness can also be a critical element in our scholarship. Many times over the years, we’ve seen the Lord illuminate thorny research problems as we’ve prayed for his insight into his created order."
By Christine Jeske
As Chrissy Jeske prepared to return to graduate school after several years away, she was anxious about all that was new and unknown. Reassurance came in an unexpected way.
by Stephanie Magdalena White
"I’ve started taking about two minutes to answer these questions every time I sit down to work for even an hour, and I’ve been amazed at how useful they are."
by Christine Jeske
"I can think of at least five impractical pursuits that have guided my education and career. Compared to designing bridges or writing computer software, these might seem non-utilitarian, but I still consider them valuable beyond measure."
FROM THE EMERGING SCHOLARS NETWORK:
by Hannah Eagleson, PhD in English
“…this series of blog posts…tries to summarize things I wish I’d known at the beginning of graduate school, or in some cases things I did know but didn’t implement very well.”
The Scholar’s Compass is a wonderful series of devotionals launched by ESN written by and for academics. Some of these devotionals are particularly relevant to graduate students:
By Bethany Bowen
Rather than abstracting what we might imagine a Christian graduate student to look like, we must depend on God to use our unique gifts to produce thorugh us a unique expression of God’s goodness and glory.
By David Williams
The piece is the first of a series on the spirituality of graduate school.
By Claudette Ligons
The first in a series by Dr. Claudette Ligons on strength for the journey of the academic life, given at the Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) conference this spring. Lots of good advice relevant to any career stage, but great for grad students starting out.
By Lauri Swann
“At this very moment, you may find yourself at a place where you think you have heard God ask you to walk into the unknown. But because the request seems beyond your capabilities, you vacillate between thinking and going. You begin to question the validity of God’s call for you…"
by Bob Trube
“How does one live well as a Christian graduate student? Bob Trube, GFM campus staff, has stewed over that question with members of the InterVarsity grad fellowship at Ohio State. Here are their recommendations of seven habits that should be incorporated into the life of every Christian grad student.”
by Nicholas Wolterstorff
“What advice can I give to you whose sights are set on becoming Christian scholars? My first piece of advice is that you get clear on what you understand by the project of being a Christian scholar.”
by a longtime ESN member
A recent PhD shares lessons he has learned from his grad school years, as a Christian and an academic. "By God’s help, I have recently finished my PhD and am now transitioning into a faculty position...While many of the points will already be familiar to most of you, I hope that you can derive some helpful benefit or reminder from them."
by Rick Mattson
"In my travels to campuses around the country (40 in the past two years), I meet up with a lot of students who are headed to grad school someday. Here is what I wish I could suggest to each one of them: Begin with the end in mind."
by Michael Stell
"I realized I had to become a scholar if I was going to take seriously the vocation of an academic."
by John Hundley
Our vocation is the specific realm—workplace, department, milieu—into which we bring God’s kingdom.