Here’s a life update, for the past six months, I’ve been working with great co-workers at a new job I love. This comes after a VERY long waiting season since before COVID. If you didn’t know, the job market was and still is a dumpster fire for many people. Count yourself blessed if you have a job and even more so if you’re doing something you love or studied for. This wasn’t just COVID that spurred this by the way, finding a stable job that is going to pay more than bills and rent or transportation costs has become a rarity. I know a lot of other Millennials feel the same. So it is with utmost gratefulness that I thank God for my job.
So what’s my new job? I’m the Associate Director of Editorial Content at Princeton Theological Seminary. For the most part, it’s one of the most relaxed environments that I’ve ever worked in. Did I ever think I would be working in higher education, let alone an Ivy League-level seminary? Absolutely not. However, deciding to shift my skillset and educate myself more in the editorial realm helped get me there. While the job isn’t completely different from a job that I had in the past, I’ve learned so much already. As a lifelong learner, that aspect of the job is stimulating.
Will I stay in higher education or return to fashion? Only God knows. What I do know is a combination of my hard work, upping my skillset, seeking help in my professional and personal life and a chance encounter with an agent from Robert Half all led to my new job. My journey has been tough, as depression and horrible thoughts gripped me daily. It was within that grip that I pressed into God and grew my faith which made me stronger.
What is working at a Seminary Like?
I will say working at a seminary is more interesting than you might imagine. The scope of work, topics, and professions that fall under the theological umbrella is vast. From clergy to non-profit work and everything in between, different skills are nourished there and it has been a learning experience with almost every task. One of the aspects I love most? The open conversations I’ve had with others about God. From both an intellectual and spiritual viewpoint, talking and learning about God and the topics surrounding the time of his human lifespan is not cliche in a seminary.
Reading about topics surrounding faith is something I never realized would be so relaxing. It doesn’t block out what’s happening in the world or my personal struggles, but it’s nice. As the world watches Israel defend itself yet again, and the craziness pulls at us in every direction, any type of peace is welcome. And I’m glad that I’m at a point in my life where professionally I’m surrounded by an abundance of peace. We all need it, but how do you receive peace? Will that person or thing help you stay sane? For me, I find myself crushing once more into His peace. And I hope you too, can find relief.-T.S.