Jaime L. Waters ’08 M.A.R.
B.A. Boston College 2006
My two years at Yale Divinity School have been filled with engaging courses, supportive faculty, lifelong friendships, and invaluable preparation for future endeavors. In May 2006, I graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in theology and philosophy, headed to YDS with the intention of preparing for a Ph.D. program in Hebrew Bible. In the fall of 2006, I entered YDS as an M.A.R. student with a Bible concentration. My two years were spent taking Hebrew and Greek exegetical courses offered by the esteemed Bible faculty at YDS. Likewise, the concentrated M.A.R. program was very flexible and allowed me to take courses in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, which was important for my academic interests. Overall, these two years were fruitful because of the program and the faculty at YDS. They have been incredibly supportive throughout my years of study. While academics are an important part of YDS, the community and fellowship opportunities also made these two years enjoyable.
At YDS, I was a member of the Catholic Students Association. During my second year, I lead the weekly Rosary group. This activity enabled me to take a break from study, pray and reflect in a peaceful setting of friends. Overall, my experience at YDS has helped me to grow spiritually and academically.
Having completed my two years here, I am happy to report that YDS has helped me fulfill my goal of entering a Ph.D. program. In the fall of 2008, I will enter the Ph.D. program in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins University with a concentration in Hebrew Bible and Northwest Semitic Philology. Thanks, YDS!