Admissions News - October 2010
Student Q&A: Patrick Fish
Patrick Fish, originally from Oswego, Ill., is a Master of Divinity junior with a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Ministry. He graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.
What has been most exciting about coming to Luther Seminary?
It's been the realization that I can fit in with people here on campus. I was terrified that I would not fit in or be accepted. Yet already I have found a great group of friends who I know will be supportive and encouraging throughout my time at Luther. It's great to know that people are open-minded here and willing to listen to everyone's beliefs and thoughts.
Have there been any challenges in making the transition to Luther Seminary and the life of a seminary student?
I think one of the biggest challenges of going to seminary is the expectations that come along with being a seminary student. Obviously I am not a pastor yet, but there are still some people outside Luther who put you up on a pedestal. Luther has created a close-knit group to provide encouragement through these pressures. Another challenge has been the work load that each class has demanded. Greek (taken over the summer) was rough; however, it was a great bonding experience, and I learned a ton of new, interesting material that I'll use in the future.
You completed a summer Greek course recently. What was it like stepping into that classroom and receiving those first homework assignments for Greek?
I had no idea what I was getting myself into on the first day. I had no Greek experience in my life nor had I done well in foreign languages in the past. However, most students are in the same boat, and the professor understands this. Everyone makes Greek sound extremely difficult. But tutors, review sessions and meetings with other classmates helped me learn the material.
What were some of your initial reactions to the Twin Cities and to Luther Seminary's campus life?
The Twin Cities is a great community with a lot of fun things to do on all nights of the week. They have great trails to walk, run and bike on all around the Twin Cities. My experience with the campus has also been positive. I live on campus in the dorms, and I'm pleased with my decision. It has allowed me to make close friendships right away. There are always people studying outside of the cafeteria or sitting on campus having conversations. There is Ultimate Frisbee, a softball league and basketball open gym that is open to anyone interested. These have been a great way for me to relax and get my mind off my studies. Overall, if you are looking for a distraction, there are plenty of opportunities on campus or within a 10-minute drive.
Do you have any advice for college students thinking about attending Luther Seminary?
I think there is the belief by some that students coming right out of college are not ready or experienced enough to be in seminary. I'm here to tell you this is untrue. Going to seminary does not mean you have everything in your life figured out or that you are going to be a pastor right away. There are still years of maturity and fine-tuning your spiritual gifts before heading off to be a leader in the church, and Luther does a great job preparing its students and allowing for this growth to occur. My advice is to come as you are and be willing to learn from the various people here on campus. Everyone has something to offer regardless of background, age or experience.