Student Profile: Holly Randolph '17
Favorite place on campus
Probably the crater by the library, because it’s a nice place to set up a hammock and enjoy the sunshine.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I liked that Covenant provides classes that affirm the truths of Scripture while challenging your beliefs at the same time. I also noticed that the classes are small enough that the professors can form relationships with students throughout their time at Covenant. The scenery isn’t too shabby, either.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I came to Campus Preview Weekend the fall of my senior year. I sat in on a few classes and had the opportunity to meet the professors afterwards. Everyone I met was really friendly and welcoming and made an effort to get to know me the short time I was there. One of the girls I met (who’s actually the DC of my hall now) invited me to a Bible study and made me feel included while I was at Campus Preview Weekend. While I was considering colleges, the friendliness of the people I met at Campus Preview Weekend and the opportunity to sit in on classes that I was interested in and meet the professors definitely stuck with me. To me, the glimpse of Covenant I had that weekend provided a balance of an encouraging, friendly environment with a challenging academic life.
How is Covenant unique?
One thing I’ve noticed about Covenant that I wasn’t expecting was the willingness of the College to evaluate itself. Covenant does a great job of knowing its own weaknesses, encouraging discussion about them, and implementing change.
Describe Covenant in three words
Faithful. Challenging. Genuine.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Probably when my friends and I went to Dr. Kaufmann’s house to eat pancakes. I never thought that I would go to a college where a professor would open his home to cook for us on a Saturday morning.
What is your favorite class so far?
Arabic with Dr. Haddad and Professor Ayub.
What made that class your favorite?
I’ve never studied a language like Arabic before and it was fun to learn how to write in Arabic script and learn about the culture of the Middle East.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
I think the fact that the people on my hall all know each other and make an effort to spend time with each other. My roommates and hallmates feel like my family, which I didn’t expect coming into college.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I’ve always liked studying languages and I love that I get the opportunity to speak in Spanish every day. The professors in my major are great, too. There have been several times when I’ve met with them to discuss my plans after graduation and they’re always willing to give me advice and talk about their experience with continuing their Spanish education after college.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Probably my RA, because she’s always willing to listen and has been a great source of encouragement and guidance throughout the whole year—in the beginning of the school year, when I was adjusting to life away from home and the workload of my classes, and during the craziness of finals week. Also, Sarah Ocando in student development is amazing. She’s gone over my classes with me before registration each semester and has helped ease the hectic process of choosing classes.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I think in general, Covenant places a great emphasis on the importance of serving and glorifying God in every aspect of our lives through classes like Christian Mind and through chapel lectures. The classes at Covenant encourage us to constantly refer to Scripture. Specifically, the professors at Covenant are great about meeting with students and giving them advice on the different options after college. I had a meeting with one my Spanish professors and she talked about the different job opportunities for Spanish and gave me advice on furthering my Spanish education.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
One of the things that we’ve talked about this year in my New Testament class is the importance of getting involved in our communities. We’ve just covered the description of the early church in Acts and my professor stressed the importance of serving in the church and regularly fellowshipping with other believers. Several of my friends and professors have encouraged students who have an interest in working with kids to get involved in nursery as a way of participating and serving in the church and have provided the contact information for the nursery leaders of different churches in the area.