BTFO Blog

Posted July 22, 2017
Dear incoming students, I hope this message finds you well on this most lovely day in New Haven (I hope it is where you are, as well!). In just about one month from today, we will be formally welcoming you to the Yale Divinity School community through our “Before the Fall” Orientation (BTFO) program, which is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, August 23rd. In the intervening time, however, we will also be offering a number of resources and opportunities designed to ease your transition and to better acquaint you with the enterprise and life of our community.
Posted July 19, 2017
To say that New Haven takes its pizza seriously is an understatement. There's some major local pride surrounding the particular genre of New Haven pizza. One should be very careful to distinguish it from New York pizza: developed from traditional Neapolitan pizza types, New Haven pizza is very much a thing unto itself, characterized by thin bases, lightly charred crusts, the finest ingredients and a particular kind of brilliant simplicity. More than this, it is held by many to be the best pizza in America, if not the world (and there's every chance they may be right). With this in mind, it seems that the least we can do is write a few introductory paragraphs to the major pizza stops in New Haven.
Posted July 6, 2017
Among the many questions anyone asks before going to grad school, perhaps the most important is 'where is coffee to be found?' We are of course fortunate to have plenteous supplies of caffeine at the Divinity School itself, provided by our incredible cafeteria staff. The Office of Student Affairs also hosts a “Community Coffee Hour” (for 30 minutes!) everyday (Monday through Friday) at 11am in the Common Room during the academic year. One can also get coffee in the YDS Refectory, provided by our incredible Refectory staff (for a small fee). But since the cafeteria doesn't open until the semester starts, and since it's well worth exploring New Haven in any case, here's a list of some of the best places to sit, relax, chat, or read whilst sipping on fine caffeinated beverages. We've even divided it up into patio spots perfect for socializing and the slightly more work-orientated spaces, not that the two categories are mutually exclusive! (Disclaimer: I only ever drink regular drip filtered coffee, so I can give no guidance on the quality of cappuccinos, lattes, espressos, and all that stuff. But I'm sure they're good.)
Posted July 1, 2017
After ten days of looking back at YDS Alumin and some of the amazing things they've done, we are now incredibly excited to announce that you can now register for BTFO 2017! The registration form can be found by clicking here.
Posted June 14, 2017
As the start of the academic year starts to get closer, I can imagine a number of people are starting to think about how to get to New Haven...
Posted May 22, 2017
Today we're introducing the final member of the BTFO 2017 Leadership Team—Ed Watson, who is running communications. We'll be getting quite a bit of information out to you over the next few months through this blog, so be sure to watch this space. For now, we hope you're already looking forward to getting to YDS.
Posted May 21, 2017
Today, we're delighted to introduce Glory Jeon, who will be running hospitality for BTFO 2017!
Posted May 20, 2017
Yesterday, we introduced our BTFO Coordinator, Shancia. Today's we're happy to introduce Kazimir, who will be running Logistics throughout BTFO.
Posted May 19, 2017
To all admitted students matriculating in 2017: welcome to Yale Divinity School, from your “Before the Fall” Orientation (BTFO) Leadership team. We can't wait to meet all of you soon. We're going to be getting quite a bit of information out to you on this blog over the next few months—and we'll do our best to answer your questions and provide resources so that you can feel confident you know what's going on as you prepare to travel to New Haven. First, we're going to introduce our selves over the next few days, beginning with Shancia, your BTFO coordinator.