Spring 2012 TRINITY Magazine, Real World Success
Drew Van’t Land ’10
Major: Philosophy, Political Science
Title: Graduate student in Philosophy, Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto
Drew Van’t Land is studying social and political philosophy with a focus on the intersection of ancient/classical rhetoric with postmodern political theology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. and teach college. He is involved in the development of the Saxifrage School, a soon-to-be-launched Pittsburgh-based college combining the liberal arts with trades, such as construction and organic agriculture.
Getting ready for the grad track: “Trinity’s philosophy department prepared me well by offering intimate mentoring, a broad range of classes, and a pair of in-depth senior seminars. Not only did my professors write recommendations for me when I applied to graduate school, but they helpfully suggested schools that would be a fit.”
Jam-packed, hands-on learning: “While at Trinity, I studied for a semester abroad at Oxford University. It was a delightful period, jam-packed with learning British history and culture firsthand, being tutored in philosophy, soaking up the majestic Bodleian library, and meeting fellow students and travelers under the guidance of lovely staff.”
Life-changing relationships: “By far the most significant elements of my time at Trinity were bound up in close relationships with Drs. Aron Reppmann ’92 and Stephen Lake, professors of philosophy. I benefitted greatly not only from their lectures, extracurricular availability, and career guidance, but also from their spiritual examples, intellectual vigor, and deep care in shaping me into a more charitable and thoughtful young man. Most important, Trinity was the nexus where my life intersected with that of my wife-to-be, Julianne (Woodroof) ’10. We’re profoundly grateful for the spirit of loving community at Trinity which helped ignite and sustain our commitment to one another.”