It took way too long to finally sit down and type this reflection, I have been running around so much it seems. Better late than never, though, I suppose.
So I was very impressed with Fuller. Of any place I visited, their admissions team was by far the most fluid and organized. I was taken on a campus tour by the student body president, had lunch with a student, and got to sit in on a class. Of course all of this was made possible because Fuller is on the quarter system and were still in session when I went through there. Most other schools are or will be in between semesters, and I only will be able to speak to professors or students if they have chosen to hang out over the summer… such is the problem of visiting campuses during the summer.
The campus itself was pretty nice; I liked the library as well as other facilities. There was a quaint student lounge that I was especially impressed with that was situated in an older style house (the area of Pasadena that Fuller occupies is kind of a historic district). At lunch with a student, I aired out my grievances and hesitations about attending Fuller, which were met with openness and understanding. One particular issue of the ‘automation’ of the visitation process and increased utilization of distance learning was explained as being a part of the school’s ‘evangelical’ outlook; they wanted to reach as many people as possible, to offer access to the resources of a top notch seminary to areas and socio-economic backgrounds as possible. It makes sense.
I was most impressed by a faculty member there, Glen Stassen, whom I got in touch with after the days activities, thinking that I was actually too late to arrange a meeting. However, despite the circumstances, I was invited to meet with him at his home during a break in writing and discuss Fuller and academia. I was really impressed, to say the least. We spoke about Yoder, universities, and all kinds of other intellectually stimulating topics. I was in heaven. Then I went to a local bookstore that specializes in theology and really was walking on cloud nine.
The day before my meeting with Professor Stassen, I had concluded my day with an admissions officer, which was a part of the days planned activities. I was very pleased to learn that there were two intentional communities that were overseen by the seminary. To be more accurate, I should say Fuller manages the properties, but the communities are left to govern themselves. I thought it showed foresight and an eagerness to be relevant to the evangelical atmosphere. Now, if I could just get my email off the admissions email listserve, it would be perfect…