Classes start today – for returning Princeton Seminary students and the new MDivs, MAs, ThMs and PhDs (pictured above). It was interesting to go through the orientation/convocation festivities last night as a student spouse – instead of when I did these same activities, 3 years ago. The conversation at dinner with Wentzel van Huyssteen was wonderful, the Convocation Address by new professor John Bowlin was challenging and the music was great. But I did seem to take both myself and the activities a little less seriously now – perhaps it’s cynicism after years at Princeton Seminary, who knows.
But this could be my last first day of school. Sure there could be continuing education events, perhaps a D.Min, but unless something dramatic happens in my life, I don’t see a PhD in my future. So this could be my last first day of school. I’m sure I’ll miss it when I’m again out of school for a few years, but it is a nice feeling to know that this is most likely the last “first day” of school for me.