I have now started my studies toward earning a Th.D. in Systematic Theology. There are many goals I hope to achieve, but before that can happen some fundamentals must be in place. First fundamental is establishing my Learning Contract with Columbia Evangelical Seminary (CES). This is where I lay out the classes I plan on taking. This must be approved by my mentor and the CES representative. I created the first version and sent it in. Second, I need to select the top five choices of possible mentors. I have done that.
Third, the seminary requires you to prove your sufficient knowledge of the English language in writing. This is that time when I keep asking myself, “Why didn’t I listen closer in English class?” The requirement is to listen to five lectures, create a vocabulary list of necessary terms, and pass a comprehensive test on English grammar and writing fundamentals. I have completed the first lecture. This is not going to be easy. Whoever thought I would have to know the difference between a subordinate clause, a restrictive clause, and a nonrestrictive clause.
Of course, several of these terms are familiar but it has been years, possibly even decades, since I had to take a test to prove my English fundamentals. As it has been stated by many before me, “Nothing like jumping in with both feet.”