Name Jenn Irish
Where did you grow up? Mostly in Sunnyvale, California – a suburb of the San Francisco bay area that serves as the home of both Hotmail and Yahoo.
What brought you to Fuller? The integrative aspect of Psychology and Theology was quite intriguing. I wanted to find a place that would challenge and encourage me to decide how my faith and vocation would co-exist and interact with one another. Fuller was a place that welcomed this dialogue, and it was the place that felt most like home to me.
What is your favorite…
Movie: Recently, I really like Another Earth
Band: I’m a fan of indie-folk music. Singer-songwriter types like The Civil Wars and Alexi Murdoch are at the top of my list.
Smartphone App: Instagram, but my nerdy side really appreciates the 3D Brain app.
Website: www.stumbleupon.com will revolutionize the way you waste time. Check it out. I’m serious.
TV Show: Modern Family
Sports Team: I’m partial to Tarheel’s basketball, but also love the San Francisco Giants.
Type of Frozen Yogurt: Pretty much anything with peanut butter and/or brownies
Place to eat in Pasadena: Lemonade on South Lake Avenue
Thing to do in Southern California: Either go to an Angel’s game or visit the Los Angeles Arboretum.
Class you’ve taken at Fuller: Social Psychology. It gave me a great glimpse into the human psyche and made me wonder about deeply philosophical issues regarding humanity and society. I learned so much about why and how we do what we do, and I have not thought about the world in the same way since.
If you had the opportunity to do a different program at Fuller, what would you choose and why? I would probably have to say the MA in Theology and Ministry with some sort of Brehm emphasis. If I had any confidence in my ability to be artistically expressive, I think it would be pretty sweet to study the integration of Theology and the Arts.
What book are you reading right now? Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott
Who is your favorite Fuller professor and why? Most of the professors here are fantastic, but I think Dr. Simpson is my favorite. He’s engaging in the classroom, makes me want to learn more than what is taught in class, and has an incredibly sarcastic sense of humor which always makes everything more enjoyable for me.
What is an interesting fact that most people would not know about you? I always read magazines in a specific (and strange) order. I start in the middle and read backwards to the beginning and then start at the back and read to the middle. I don’t know why I do it, but I can’t just read from front to back.
What are the top 5 most played songs on your iTunes?
Brand New Day – Joshua Radin
Sugarcane – Missy Higgins
Are We There Yet – Ingrid Michaelson
Wait – Alexi Murdoch
Happiness – The Fray
If you could give advice to someone who is thinking about coming to Fuller, what would you say? Be mindful of the commitment that is grad school. It is an extremely rewarding process, but will also be a life-changing and really challenging experience. There are lots of times I have to reconsider my motives for being here, but it is always a reaffirming answer. I would encourage you to seek God, seek others, and seek within yourself to determine if Fuller is the right place for you.