Seminary: Is it for you?
There are many types of formal education, and what’s right for one is not right for everyone.
Perhaps you’ve been watching friends go off to a traditional graduate school and thought about it, but decided it’s not the right path for you. An option for some may be to go to seminary, and maybe this is something you’ve thought about. How do you know if it is right for you?
Unfortunately this is a highly personal question that only you can answer, but if you have thought about doing it, perhaps it is the best thing for you.
If you have always felt more at home at your church than anywhere else, or if you know that you want to live your life for God and would like a career in the church, then seminary is a good choice.
Typically seminary is a graduate level school, so often students who already have a four-year degree choose seminary as the next step. The coursework at seminary is often very challenging, and many have strict dress codes as well. It is much different from a regular university, although you’ll still attend classes and have homework and such.
If you think you are on your way to priesthood, seminary is an excellent choice, as it will prepare you well for what that lifestyle is like. Many churches even require a Master of Divinity, but not all of them.
Before you go to seminary you should talk to those you trust, such as your parents and your pastor to see if it is the right path for you. Remember, only you can make that decision, and you should not let anyone talk you into it if it is not the right choice or if you are unsure. Seminary is a highly personal choice, and one that should not be taking lightly.