You spent this past week settling into new homes, purchasing last minute books, figuring out your commute, or perhaps even driving to Seattle in a moving truck. Know that we are conscious of the days to come for you and the energy, vulnerability, and depth you have already brought to this process of arriving. There are so many exciting things ahead! This week you’re participating in Orientation & (Re)orienation. After the Labor Day holiday come all the fun activities of The Seattle School Community Weekend, and after that, your first full week of classes as you begin to settle into a regular rhythm. You are now fully matriculated students at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and in case you didn’t know, we are thrilled you are here!

It has been such a privilege and a delight to be a part of your journey here throughout the past years and months as we’ve anticipated your arrival, including curating this blog on your behalf. We’ve worked hard to provide those of you new to Seattle with a wealth of resources about becoming a Seattleite.

We’ve introduced all of you to so many of the wonderful people who teach, serve, create and administrate to keep this learning community thriving. Current students and alumni have shared about their own experiences of matriculating to The Seattle School.

We’ve connected you to resources regarding financial aid, class registration, practicum, how to steward shared community space and so much more. And we’ve tried to have some fun along the way!

Now it’s time to bring Matriculate to a close. Although we won’t be updating the blog from this point forward, we will keep it live so you can come back and visit throughout the next few months. (Sidenote: If you haven’t been following Intersections at The Seattle School, you should be!)

As you engage all of your stirring anticipation, enthusiasm, anxiety, wonder, and ambivalence, we hope you can take time to hold these feelings and the largeness of this new adventure you are embarking on. May there be markers for you in moments of self care and pause, as you lean into this risk and follow your soul’s heartbeat.

It has been a true joy to have journeyed with you as you approach this threshold. It’s an honor to hold your stories of beginning, and we’ll certainly be here (on the 4th floor) to remind you of why you chose this journey, in the seasons where it’s hard to remember. Know that our team deeply looks forward to hearing, seeing, and bearing witness to how your stories with The Seattle School continue to unfold.

With joy and gratitude,

Ben, Daniel, and Nicole