Sean Massa

教育经历

耶鲁大学

硕士 | 伦理学与宗教

2018年,Sean获伦理学与宗教的硕士学位,毕业于耶鲁大学。 2015年,Sean从宾夕法尼亚大学本科毕业,主修健康与社会,全球健康方向,辅修哲学。大三时,他通过国际培训学院(SIT)的健康与社区荣誉项目去到越南、南非和巴西学习。 本科毕业后,Sean通过一份普林斯顿在亚洲(PiA)的奖学金,于2015至2016年间在印度尼西亚日惹以大学讲师的身份进行教学工作,借此获得更多国际经验。他的这一经历也促使他选择在日后攻读宗教,专门研究东南亚伊斯兰教的历史与地位。 结束任教后,Sean曾两次回到印度尼西亚工作,2016年作为联合国新闻中心的实习生,2017年作为联合国难民事务高级专员实习生。2017年在印尼工作期间,他还受邀会见了美国驻印度尼西亚大使Joseph R. Donovan Jr.。 在耶鲁求学期间,Sean被选举为研究生和专业学生参议院议员,致力于推广心理健康改革,提升学校行政部门的多元化和包容性,并以此提升自己的领导力素养。同时,他还与团队合作,获得了2018年大耶鲁案例竞赛的亚军和2018年耶鲁大学研究生咨询俱乐部案例大赛的冠军。 目前,Sean通过一项耶鲁-中国交流计划,在香港红丝带中心工作。红丝带中心是中华人民共和国香港特别行政区政府卫生署辖下的艾滋病教育及研究资源中心 Sean希望在亚洲积累足够的职业素养,有朝一日能在美国外交部或者联合国工作。

Q:  你为什么对你的学术领域充满热情?你是在什么时候,如何发现你对这 门学科的热爱的?  
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My interest in religious studies stems from my life experiences. When I was young, I was introduced to Christianity through my family. Since then, I grew up and critically realized that religious is a complex institution that shapes communities in social and political dimensions. During my years at Penn as an undergraduate student, I was first exposed to many different faith traditions as a student in an interfaith course. This course as well as a comparative study abroad experience in which I studied spiritual health in Vietnam, South Africa, and Brazil opened up my eyes to how people use religion to find meaning and connection throughout the world. While living in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority country, I was confronted that my conceptions of Islam were fairly misguided by the American media. Religion can be expressed and manifested in diverse ways and in accordance to local traditions and histories. I learned this lesson best when in Indonesia, where I found that there is even a multiplicity of religious expressions of Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Catholicism . Following my time abroad, I wanted to learn more about how religion influenced the Southeast Asia region and shaped its contemporary political climate

  
Q:  对一个想在你的领域取得硕士学位的学生,你最好的三个建议是什么? 如果他们正准备转到你这一领域呢?  
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Having applied and been accepted to masters programs during my final year of undergraduate study at Penn, my advice is as follows

  1. Be specific about what area in religion you are interested in and how it relates to your goals.[Text Wrapping Break]One thing I’ve learned about graduate school is that the more focused you are on a research topic, the better. This can give you clarity in how you can best plan out your program as it relates to your future career goals in public policy, non-profit work, law, etc.
  2. Do your research on schools and programs![Text Wrapping Break]There are a lot of different programs out there, but each one is so different in terms of its emphasis. For instance, Harvard definitely has more of a multi-religious curriculum while Yale tends to emphasize more of Christianity, specifically within the Episcopal tradition. That being said, you can always craft your own program while utilizing resources from throughout the university! Just be cognizant for what kind of two year commitment you are signing up for! Really research what courses you will be taking, what professors will become your instructors and mentors, etc. Take this very seriously!
  3. If you plan to switch into religion from another field, look for overlap![Text Wrapping Break]I switched over from an undergraduate degree in Health and Societies to a masters in Ethics and Religion. If you’re thinking of making this switch, make sure you find ways in which your past academic experiences and involvements make you a strong candidate for the program. For example, my minor in philosophy probably showed the Yale admissions committee that I had a strong analytical background and could handle taking ethics courses. If you’re already in a master’s degree program and would like to additionally study religion at your university, look to see if your credits can transfer or if you can take on a dual degree program!
  
Q:  学生们有哪些渠道来自学你的专业?  
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Religion always is something discussed in the media, in pop culture, in songs, in book themes, etc. It’s pretty ubiquitous. Some preliminary religious education can take the form of reading some famous texts (e.g. Torah, New Testament, Quran, etc.) as well as commentaries on those books (especially since the language they employ is archaic and the knowledge they hold can be esoteric). Others can read religious texts from famous spiritual leaders or books that engage religion within other fields such as health, politics, or international relations.

  
Q:  如何向招生官员展示申请者的实力,你的建议是什么?  
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While high grades and standardized test scores can take you so far, I think that a few important strengths to showcase are the personal narrative and the extracurricular experiences. Regarding the former, make sure that your program is an obvious fit to your story: be clear on how this next step in your academic career fits with your past pursuits and future goals. Make sure to emphasize your personal connection to the subject. With regard to extracurriculars, be clear and explicit about how your internship or study abroad experience connected you to the field. Who did you meet? What text did you read that changed your worldview? What are you wrestling with that requires two years of academic deliberation and research? Be sure to name drop specific courses and professors you want to work with. Read their articles and books. The more passion and interest you show, the clearer it is to admissions committee that you know what you want - something they can reward with an acceptance offer!

  
Q:  当申请你的专业时,有哪些要注意避免的陷阱或失误?  
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In terms of schools for religion, not all theological/divinity schools are the same. Don’t be deceived by the names. Harvard Divinity and Yale Divinity are miles apart in terms of their ethos, missions, and resources. Make sure that you really know the personality of each school and the details of each degree program before decided to put in all the work of applying! I think another mistake is that most people think that pursuing a masters at a top institution will be expensive. The reality is that many of these religion schools designate much of their funding the financial aid in order to provide partial or full tuitions scholarships for students! In a way, religion is an academic gold mine for funding!

  
Q:  你为什么申请你的大学和专业?你还被其他哪些学校和专业录取了?  
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I originally applied to Yale because I wanted to do a dual-degree masters program there in religion and public health. While I did gain acceptances to both the Divinity School and School of Public Health there, I unfortunately did not receive funding for the public health degree, which required me to drop it. That being said, I still chose to attend Yale because 1) I received a full-tuition scholarship from the Divinity School, and 2) I could take courses from all other schools at the university, which gave me curricular flexibility and creativity. Other schools that admitted me were Harvard (Divinity), Columbia (Public Health), and Vanderbilt (Divinity).

  
Q:  在你的领域,毕业后常见的职业道路是哪些?  
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Honestly, I don’t think there is any one career path for students who attend programs in religion! Some of my classmates used their knowledge to apply to PhD programs, attend law school, work for the U.S. government or the United Nations, and start their own non-profits. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and drive!

  
Q:  你最喜欢校园文化的哪些方面?哪些方面让你惊喜?如果可以的话,你 会改变哪一个?  
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Graduate and professional student culture is great at Yale! Most other graduate students I met were really down-to-earth and relatable. I hardly met any that were overly pretentious, yet all were brilliant in their own ways! If I could change anything, I wish the university had more opportunities for students of various schools to interact more regularly. It is too easy for graduate students to get silohoued into their own niches and not meet students from other disciplines. I was able to mingle with others students through my involvement with the graduate student government, the Yale Senate, on campus, something I would highly recommend!

  
Q:  你最喜欢母校的哪个趣事?有什么特别的活动、传统或传奇故事吗?  
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Yale is old. Really old. It was founded in 1701, which was before the United States officially became a country! That being said, the university has a huge alumni network with people do all kinds of interesting work. I am still only learning about how to make use of this resource.[Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]Yale is also rich. Really rich. It has an endowment of 27.2 billion USD, making it one of the wealthiest universities on Earth! What this translates to for practical graduate students is one very important thing: funding! While every school at Yale will differ in how they use their endowment funds, most often any student can use it to do research, travel to conferences, go abroad for language learning, get great financial aid, and so on. If Yale has given me any gift, it is the gift of opportunity through monetary provision.

  
Q:  你在大学里是怎样度过暑假的?对充实暑假生活有什么建议?  
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During the summer between my two year masters program, I traveled to Indonesia in order to 1) continue learning Bahasa Indonesia and 2) work as an intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Because I was proactive in applying to funding, I was able to get grants from the Council for Southeast Asia Studies and the Divinity School. This allowed me to live comfortably and to truly make the most of my summer in working with refugee students in Jakarta. [Text Wrapping Break][Text Wrapping Break]My advice is to always plan out your timeline for funding and to make the connections you need with professors that can support whatever projects or work you wish to do!

  
Q:  是什么让你微笑?给我们更多分享一下你最喜欢的爱好吧。  
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Traveling makes me smile. Not because of the luxury or the curated instagram photo opportunities. When I travel, I really enjoy engaging with a culture so different from my own that it forces me to rethink my own intuitions of what is “normal” or acceptable. I like being challenged to have an open mind and to just observe and listen to others world views.

  
Q:  为什么很高兴能辅导达雁的学生?  
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I’m excited to work with students to share the valuable admissions knowledge that I have learned from my past experience in applying to graduate programs in religion and public health. This process is one that isn’t limited to these disciplines, but also is applicable to all programs in the humanities, social sciences, and others that require the GRE exam. I’m also ecstatic about the opportunity to engage with students in overcoming intercultural and international barriers as well as reexamining ways in which local worldviews can be used as powerful assets in constructing an applicant narrative. In other words, I’m excited to help you tell your story on your terms so you can pursue your passions wherever they may be in the world!