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Elise Scott

When I was in my junior year of college, one of my professors approached me about considering seminary rather than law school. Having grown up as a daughter of a Lutheran pastor, I emphatically told him that I would never choose to go to seminary. He laughed and said: it's not a choice, just wait and see.

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Student Profile: Elise Scott

Degree: M.Div.

When I was in my junior year of college, one of my professors approached me about considering seminary rather than law school. Having grown up as a daughter of a Lutheran pastor, I emphatically told him that I would never choose to go to seminary. He laughed and said: it's not a choice, just wait and see.

Following college, I went on to law school, graduated and began practicing law. However, each year, I would get an itch to find a way to work in the church. In order to scratch this itch, I took Lay School of Theology classes at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) and became very active on committees in both my synod and my church.

Then, in 2011, I took a trip to Israel with LTSS. On the trip, I asked all the students and pastors about their call stories. I guess I may have sounded a little too interested because one of the pastors finally asked me whether I was trying to discern a call. I answered him the same way I answered my college professor - I will never choose to go to seminary.

About two weeks after I came home from Israel, I knew I had to go to seminary and I knew I could not wait any longer.

I had never really heard much about the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago until I went to Israel. One of the students on the trip was from LSTC and a pastor on the trip had lived in Hyde Park. They often talked about the school and community. I enjoyed hearing the stories so, when I realized I had to go to seminary, it made sense to consider LSTC.

Although LSTC was so far from home, I knew it was the right seminary for me. The urban environment appealed to me. Sitting in on a course entitled The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. solidified my decision because I knew that LSTC would provide me with the theological background I need in order to pursue my passion for social justice.

It is as if LSTC had to find me before I could answer my call to go to seminary. As it turns out, even though I never really knew much about LSTC, LSTC is truly a legacy in my family. My great-great grandfather, John Hemborg, went to Augustana Lutheran Seminary in 1882, and I have relatives spanning over four generations who have attended LSTC.

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