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Austin Doctor '13

Covenant College Student Profile Austin Doctor

Class Year


St. Louis, MO


Political Science



Ultimate Frisbee, Reading, Camping, Intramurals, and Hiking


Favorite place on campus
The Crater, an area just outside of the chapel, is great! There are typically at least a couple of hammocks hung up in the trees and you can almost always find some friends sitting on a blanket reveling in the day. The Crater is a really good place to simultaneously enjoy Covenant’s community and God’s creation.


Why did you choose Covenant?
Originally, I wasn’t planning on attending Covenant College, but I was encouraged by my parents to apply. After staying on Second Central over Scholarship Weekend and seeing the number of great people living on campus I decided the College was the place in which I wanted grow and develop as a student, person, and believer.


How is Covenant unique?
The community of Covenant sets the school apart. I know that is an unoriginal answer, but it is not an overused one. The College consists of over a thousand students, all with different kinds of backgrounds, passions, and futures. But we are united by a common faith. The diversity of the student body makes Covenant an interesting and edifying place to live and grow.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Mountain Affair was a blast! All of Second Central performed a song together, and we had a lot of fun figuring out random instruments that we could play. I rocked out on the microwave. It was great seeing all of the talent that our campus has scattered around campus. There were so many different genres of music represented and each performance was interesting.


What is your favorite class?
“Comparative Politics” with Dr. Horne was the first course I took within our political science department. One of the major subsets within political studies, comparative politics is an incredibly complex area of research. Dr. Horne laid out clearly the fundamentals of the discipline without dumbing down the dynamic nature of the field. The class served as a launch pad for further study and equipped me with a mental framework for other areas of scholarship within the much broader realm of political science.


What's your favorite part of the day?
The one to two hours before my hallmates and I go to bed are the best. We talk about the day or laugh about stupid things we’ve done. That hour is a great way to unwind and to hang out with guys you love.


What are your post-graduation plans?
My concentration in political science has been supplemented by an internship I had this past summer at the American Enterprise Institute. I hope to pursue further work in public policy and international studies. My final academic year at Covenant is all about studying for the GRE, completing my SIP, and applying to graduate schools. Covenant’s Center for Career & Calling has been a great resource in aiding the process.


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
I’m at Covenant to get an education; however, most of my day is not spent in the classroom. I am being prepared for my career, but more importantly I am being prepared for life. Every day I am here I learn more about myself. The administration of the College really encourages and assists the student body in pursuing our identity as uniquely equipped persons in the broader context of a community of believers. The school has helped me identify both my talents and my weaknesses.



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