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  • Home / Why Ursuline? / Success Stories / Kristi Copez | Ursuline College - Liberal Arts Education in Ohio

    Kristi Copez

    Theological and Pastoral Studies

    I was intrigued by the progressive ideas and openly spiritual and creative perspective that Ursuline seemed to espouse.

    Kristi Copez

    Why did you decide to attend Ursuline College?

    Initially, I looked into Ursuline College because of a unique art show opening talk held at Tri-C. I was intrigued by the progressive ideas and openly spiritual and creative perspective that Ursuline seemed to espouse. I decided to visit the campus and consider transferring here to complete my undergraduate studies. I did.

    While finishing my undergraduate degree in Studio Art (as well as advocating for my degree to be heavy in Women’s Studies), I began the bridge program into my Masters.

    During this explorative, discovering, and discerning chapter of my academic pursuit, I found that most of my values lined up perfectly with the Theological and Pastoral Studies program.

    What do you believe is the best part of the Theological and Pastoral Studies program?

    The best part of the TAPS program is the living resources we have in the professors. They bring rich backgrounds and experiences into the classroom as well as set an atmosphere for critical thinking, new ideas, along with rigorous subject matter that leads us to enrich and help define our own callings. The space that is provided for discussion and contemplation has been one of my most important tools for continuing to refine my religious foundation and ground me in my current ministry and future adventures and exciting possibilities.

    How has your experience at Ursuline helped your career?

    I am a professional artist. My art springs from a deeply personal but universal experiential and spiritual space. My education at Ursuline has been exactly what I anticipated it would be, which is a strong undergirding of my life experiences. Ursuline and in particular the TAPS program has helped me to develop the language and tools to express my calling both as an artist, an advocate, and a servant-leader.

    Why do you believe other students should apply to the Theological and Pastoral Studies program at Ursuline?

    Here’s what I know: I can not imagine a setting like this, anywhere else, that will certainly nurture the spirit, calling, imagination & personhood of a human seeking a life in giving back to community, especially within the boundaries of ministry. With my past experience of seminary included, I am convinced that I would not have survived a program elsewhere without the supportive and unconstricted space that is held for us in the TAPS program.