Questions and Answers (not in that particular order…)

Name: Tamisha A. Tyler

Where did you grow up?: I grew up in Long Beach, CA with 5 other brothers and sisters (I’m Jane Brady in the Brady Bunch). I’ve spent most of my life in Southern California and have now come to realize that SoCal Natives are an endangered species. Please save us…

What brought you to Fuller?: That is an excellent question (and by “excellent question” I mean that the way politicians use it when they don’t really know the answer). I came to Fuller out of crisis, really. After getting my undergraduate degree from CSULB in 2006, I knew that graduate school was the next step. But there was only one thing between me and a Master’s Degree: the G.R.E. (not that I’m bad at tests, I just didn’t see the point at the time). So instead I went to work; I worked in Foster Care for 4 years. But for those four years I knew that something was missing. Pretty soon everyone started asking, “When are you going back to school?” It was then that I realized that I was complacent. I needed a push, but what? Then in the beginning of 2011 I lost my job, best friend, and sanity. That was the push I needed. I decided on seminary because I always had a love for theology but never pursued it. It was after praying that I decided to Google “seminaries in California.” Fuller came up first. But is this really the place for me? How can I tie in my love for the arts, and my desire to learn about theology? It was then that I saw the link to the Worship, Theology and the Arts program. And the rest is history (or current events; depending on how you look at it).

What is your favorite… (this should be interesting)

Movie:

It depends on what day of the week it is. I really like the Borne Series, the Lord of the Ring series, The Last Dragon, The Wiz, and a bunch of others (those are just the ones I saw again recently). But there are a few majors that I haven’t seen yet. Go ahead, ask me. You’d be surprised.

Band:

I never really know the band. I’m one of those people who really like various kinds of music but never remembers the name of the band even if they know the entire song. Yeah, I know, it’s a sad existence.

Smartphone App:

Tip Calc (because I suck at Math and I always want to be generous)

Website:

(this should say: shameless plug here) http://honestconversationpage.blogspot.com/ and more to come!

TV Show:

Currently, Once upon a Time

Sports Team:

I don’t watch enough sports! I admit it! Why do you bring me shame!!!!

Type of Frozen Yogurt:

Menchies! It’s a chain. They’re awesome

Place to eat in Pasadena:

Love me some Tender Greens! And La Favorita has the best breakfast!

Thing to do in Southern California:

visit different cities (there is such a vast variety here!)

Class you’ve taken at Fuller:

Gospels (which we will talk about later)

If you had the opportunity to do a different program at Fuller, what would you choose and why?:

Since I’m interested in the study of other cultures I’d choose a Masters of Arts in Intercultural Studies.

What book are you reading right now?

The Oral and Written Gospel (Werner Kelber)

On Collective Memory (Maurice Halbwachs)

On Christian Teaching (Augustine)

Domination and the Arts of Resistance (James C. Scott)

Who is your favorite Fuller professor and why?

Tommy Givens: I get out of class and actually want to READ the Bible.

What is an interesting fact that most people would not know about you?

I’m an Introvert. A Social Introvert.

What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes?

I have a first generation I-Pod that I only use in the case of emergencies. I listen to Spodify and Pandora; usually to a variety of music. I’m eclectic.

If you could give advice to someone who is thinking about coming to Fuller, what would you say?

COME! It’s an amazing experience and you will not be the same. I have never been more challenged in my theology, relationships or brain work in my life! And even though its hard; it’s worth it! But before you come, I would do an inventory about what you want to get out of this experience. Do this not so that you are only locked into one type of experience, but that when you find yourself discouraged you know what to go back to; the reason why you are here. Yes, the reason is God, it should always be God. But why did He send YOU here? You must hang onto that….

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