Thursday, March 13, 2008

University of Chicago

This is Swift Hall, home of the University of Chicago's Divinity School.

I received a letter in the mail today from the University of Chicago's Divinity School. The letter read as follows:

Dear Mr. Elek,

On behalf of the Dean and the faculty of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago I am delighted to offer you admission to the Master of Arts in Divinity (A.M.) program beginning with the academic year of 2008-2009. We are confident of your academic and professional promise and sincerely hope that you will choose to become a student here.

Yadda... yadda... yadda...
I can't believe it. That beautiful campus in that beautiful city with those beautiful buildings holding those beautiful minds and those beautiful books... I get to go there. I get to study with those people. I get to hear incredibly intelligent people talk about incredibly heady things and pretend like it's not all just going over my head... I can't wait. I am as excited as I think I have ever been. I get to study again, I get to write papers again, and discuss things again. I cannot communicate emphatically enough how excited I am to begin my studies. I want to sign up for my classes right now so I can get in touch with my future professors and ask them what I should read to prepare.

Rachel, Norah, and I will all be living in Chicago by September God willing. I can't wait. I really, really, can't wait. This is how I felt when Rachel said she'd marry me.

Yay.

13 comments:

Redbaerd said...

Congrats!

I'm both exhuberant for you & a little jealous. It does sound like a very happy dream...

Anonymous said...

Congrats! That's awesome!

-Charlotte

Adam T. Babcock said...

yes, yes, and yes!!!

Dude, you are gonna do great.

Tim 2 said...

The Devil in the White City

Allie said...

So exciting Josh...you are going to kick all their asses!

joeldaniel said...

joshua...so stoked for ya. does this mean we'll be missing you in cco land?

Marzipan said...

YEAHHHHHHH! Congrats! I'm still screaming.

FYI: when Josh told me during a phone conversation, I couldn't stop screaming with excitement for him. AHAHAHHA!

Anonymous said...

yeah and go browns!!!

Anonymous said...

Congrats Josh. You will do well! Hope all is well with the family.

Erik, Laura, and Allison

Anonymous said...

Where did you guys get all this educational drive from? Must be sumfin your mother put in your food when you were growing up.
You make me happy and very proud.
Love you,
Dad Elek

Tracy said...

Joshua,
Congratulations. I am so excited for you. Chicago is very lucky to have you!!! I am so proud to know you and the future work you will do.

Tracy

Anonymous said...

... we are all so happy for you. But no matter how much education you receive, you will always have an intrinsic understanding of far more than you can ever learn....

"It's a shame. There are so many people in my life and just no time.

Then there's my family... and Rachel's family... and the students I'm working with now... and the students I worked with last year... holy cow. It doesn't end.

Then there are the people who have made me who I am today. Marcia. John Geib. Dr. Case. Dr. Waalkis. Dr. Polet. Dr. Floyd. Andrew and Lynn. Celia. Jeff and Linda. Pastor Taylor. Harry Winters. And the people who would never even imagine that they played a part in making me who I am today. Kevin Vincent. Matt Harbert. Meg Swansinger. Mrs. Richards...

At the end of it, I guess I'm just thankful. And maybe, I am becoming more like Christ than I know. Christ loved people, and maybe that's the biggest blessing he's given me. An increased capacity to love.

Now if only I could usher that capacity on to the people who drive me nuts...

So thanks. To everyone who reads this blog on a regular basis. To all my friends who don't. To everyone who has helped me become who I am today... If you were here with me right now, we'd sing the Golden Girls Theme Song really loudly."

Eamon said...

congratulations. maybe i'll see you around.