A few weeks ago, I received a letter that changed my life forever. It read:
Dear Krista Dalton,
On behalf of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University, I am delighted to offer you admission as a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Religion, beginning in the Fall 2013 semester. I am also pleased to inform you that you have been named a Dean's Fellow, the highest honor conferred upon entering graduate students in the Department of Religion, in recognition of your impressive credentials as well as the promise that your department identifies in your future development as a scholar, pedagogue, and researcher.