Carmen Llanos Acero

Master of Divinity

How did you learn about the MDiv program at Emmanuel College?
I had friends who had gone through the program who raved about the great experience that it was to be an Emmanuel College student.  

What inspired you to enroll?
I wanted to obtain my MDiv. in a queer positive environment. I had friends that graduated or were in the process who inspired me to enroll.

What did you study as an undergraduate student?
Information Sciences, Arts and Communications.

What was it like to be an MDiv student – can you share any anecdotes?
It has been a great experience. One of the highlights was being part of the worship team, and given the chance to experiment and try new things that you usually do not get to do in traditional congregations.
I also received very good feedback after I performed a bit of a comedy sketch by playing my teeth at Café Noel. People found it amusing and laughed a lot. I waited until my last year to do that, so professors would not be biased by it!

What influence has the program had on your life, education and career?
I have learned about my passion for pastoral care, especially at end of life. I have also strengthened my skills as a worship leader.

What have you learned about yourself, and even about others?
I have learned a lot about other faith traditions and how we can learn from each other in an open environment. I am more self-confident in ministry than when I first started.

What does your time with Emmanuel College mean to you?
I have met amazing people and made good friends that will continue to be part of my life.

Where do you hope your degree will take you in the future?
It has allowed me to gather more tools for my toolbox and I am sure that I will get to use them in ministry.

Did you have any mentors at Emmanuel College?
Yes, I have been blessed by getting to know great professors who have shared their knowledge and experience with us and with whom I have been able to consult and who will continue to be a reference for me in my career.

What advice would you have for prospective students?
Emmanuel College is a great place to learn and to grow. It might feel a bit intimidating at first, but then you realize that the faculty is here to help you and professors are approachable. Make sure you pass by the Main Office once in a while to say hello and pick up some sweets and treats. There’s always good stuff… and staff is good too! 😉

What advice would you have for current students?
There is light at the end of the tunnel. If I made it, you can make it too.

Is there anything else you can share about yourself?
I am thankful for the opportunity of being a student at Emmanuel College and for the many blessings received during the process.

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