The road to a career in religious studies usually begins in graduate school, so your attention to it is well placed. It starts with choosing your school. Instincts, personal preferences, and research will serve you well in choosing a graduate setting in which to pursue your interests. Your instincts—about whether you can work closely with a faculty person, about the institutional culture, about communication and power dynamics between faculty and students, and even about the geographical setting—are a source of information that deserves respect and attention. Of course, this does not replace thorough research and asking smart questions.
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