Student Profile: Ruth Gibson ’13

Covenant College Student Profile Ruth Gibson

Class Year


Asheville, North Carolina


Community Development


Child and Family Development


Lady Scots basketball, intramurals, hiking, studying, late-night doughnut runs, random dance parties


Favorite place on campus
During the winter it is the gym; during the warmer months it is Jackson pond.


Why did you choose Covenant?
My decision to come to Covenant wasn’t easy. I had been set on going to another college the spring of my senior year, but something drew me to Covenant. I felt like the Lord really wanted me here. Covenant offers something very special. I view my education at Covenant like a springboard preparing me to jump into the rest of my life.


How is Covenant unique?
You probably hear a lot about the community here at Covenant. While that is a vital part of the school, what I think is very unique about Covenant is the fact that the students and professors know what they believe, live out what they believe, and aren’t afraid to talk about what they believe.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Spending a week with the basketball team. We traveled all around TN, NC, and GA just playing basketball and having fun.


What is your favorite class?
My favorite class is Theory of Community Development with Dr. Fikkert and Prof. Corbett. This course completely transformed the way I viewed development and people in poorer communities.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you?
It’s hard for me to pick just one person. I think the people who’ve impacted me the most are the seniors from the basketball team. I had never been on a team where the girls were passionate about the sport, but loved Jesus more. Being around them and learning from them on and off the court changed the way I viewed basketball and the way I viewed other people. Their leadership is something I want to take and pass down to the girls following me.


What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
My favorite part of the day is probably dusk. Seeing the sunset from the mountain is awesome!


What are your post-graduation plans?
I have many! I want to travel to every continent. I want to work as a historical journalist. I want to do development work within communities in the US and internationally. I want to get married and have lots of kids, with a big back yard and a nice front porch with rocking chairs.


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is equipping me in ways that other schools can’t. I’m getting a solid four-year foundation in a biblically-based education. I’m learning to trust the Lord in every area of my life. Covenant is preparing me to live out my calling in this world. It is equipping me to take the truths I’ve learned and use them in my day-to-day life.



Covenant students put on costumes and stepped into a "silent disco" experience, dancing and singing along to music that was broadcast through headphones rather than a traditional speaker system.

New students got a taste of downtown Chattanooga fun during Orientation week.
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