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Maggi Van Dorn '08

Religious Studies major
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SCU prepares alumna for what to do for the rest of her life: explore religion and spirituality creatively.

Maggi Van Dorn came to Santa Clara with a desire to help others and was surprised that the University allowed her to follow a path that fostered her intellectual and spiritual growth as well.
“For the rest of my life, I know I will be striving to live deeper into the education that Santa Clara has instilled in me,” she says.
A religious studies major, Van Dorn started studying social work after graduation. Real-world experience she gained as a research assistant for Religious Studies Assistant Professor Thomas Beaudoin helped set her in this direction.
As an undergraduate, Van Dorn interned for a summer at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, attended a two-week seminar at Boston College, and participated in several scholarly conferences. She also interned at a San Jose homeless shelter through SCU’s Arrupe Center for Community-based Learning.
“All of the speaking opportunities, symposiums, and practical experience I received at SCU prepared me to speak to a number of church groups on the Diocesan speaking ministry circuit,” says Van Dorn.
She plans to begin her Masters of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and writes creative pieces about religion and spirituality on her blog,

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