Thirty flags line the halls of Mackay Dining Hall, only a fraction of the countries represented in the Princeton Seminary community. We sat down with some of our international students to hear their stories.
Drawn by the Seminary’s diverse community, MATS student Liezl Bosch studies Christian ethics alongside peers with a wide range of viewpoints.
Q: Where is home?
A: Deddington, a small village near Oxford, England. I was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, but moved to the U.K. when I was young and have moved around a lot. The Oxfordshire countryside is beautiful for its rolling hills and quaint old villages, and Oxford, in my unbiased opinion, is a city that everyone should visit if they travel to the U.K. With the university being so central to the city's life, it's this unique fusion of (sometimes weird) tradition with innovation and creativity that draws visitors in.
Q: What drew you to Princeton Seminary? What has your experience here been like?
A: I was attracted to the diversity — in various senses of the word — at Princeton Seminary because I wanted to be in classrooms that aren't echo chambers. Real life has lived up to expectation in that respect; in the short amount of time I've had at the Seminary, I have been challenged by different perspectives and life experiences in really good ways.
My favorite class so far has been Dr. Bowlin's course on War and the Christian Conscience. Grappling with some really tough ethical questions is a constant reminder of life's complexities and it can feel heavy sometimes, but we grapple along with some brilliant writers and Dr. Bowlin very patiently thinks through our questions with us.
Q: What’s next for you?
I love to learn, and reading is (mostly) fun, so it would be wonderful if I could keep doing those things at a doctoral level, but I honestly don't know what is next after Princeton Seminary. I’m taking it one day at a time.