Student Profile: Abby Hynson '18
Peachtree City, GA
Program Development and Cyber Security
Residence Hall and Floor
Maclellan Hall, Rowan
Favorite place on campus
Anywhere outdoors with the sunshine and green grass!
Why did you choose Covenant?
After visiting Covenant for the first time, I realized this was a unique body of students. I wanted a place where I would be encouraged by the people around me to work hard, passionately grow in my faith, and serve the Lord. The more I talked with the students at Covenant and watched from a distance, I knew this would be a place where I could grow and lay a firm foundation for the rest of my life.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I first visited Covenant when I was a Junior in High School. To be honest, Covenant was not on my top list of schools to attend, but with the convincing of my parents, I decided to visit for preview weekend. This completely changed my perspective of the college. I was blown away by the friendly and welcoming environment of the campus, and of course the breathtaking mountain view! During this visit, I had the opportunity to talk with the Computer Science and Music departments. I noticed a unique relationship between the professors of these departments and their students, which I desired to have. Overall, Covenant won me over, which is something I will never regret.
How is Covenant unique?
After scrabbling around in the morning to get ready for my 8am classes, I walk outside with a cup of coffee in my hand and I see one of the best parts of Covenant - the pink painted sky over the beautiful mountains with the morning breeze. This makes Covenant unique. Being on top of a mountain provides a beautiful view not only on one side of the campus, but on both! Waking up to the sunrise over Chattanooga or eating in the Great Hall and watching the sunset over the stretch of mountains are extremely unique to Covenant. What better place to study and learn about God’s world? Another aspect that makes Covenant unique is the events. I love to have fun, and Covenant sure knows how to have solid, clean fun! Whether it be a soccer game on a friday night, 80’s Skate Night, a hall date, or the Outdoors Club’s backpacking adventure, Covenant has so many events we never get bored on the mountain!
Describe Covenant in three words.
Lively, passionate, and beautiful.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
The dances! The students at Covenant, including myself, love dances. From a swing dance on the overlook called “Jazz on the Overlook,” or the Sadie Hawkins dance called “Kilter,” Spring Formal, or a 20’s themed swing dance in the Great Hall called “Castle in the Clouds,” it brings life and fun to the campus to the beat of music.
What is your favorite class so far?
Advanced Programming Methodology. Coming into Covenant, I had absolutely no experience with programming. This class has been a personal breakthrough where I have learned to love and understand the foundations of coding. Whether that be in coding projects like an order screen for a coffee shop or thinking through how to make a computer multiply, add, and subtract, large numbers, each project is a challenge that stretches me and improves my problem solving skills. Dr. Humphries keeps each student engaged in the class as we laugh and we learn and the class time flies by. This class has made me even more excited about pursuing the field of computer science.
What makes hall life as Covenant unique?
Hall life is one of my favorite parts of Covenant. I can positively say I know every girl on my hall this year, which is never heard of in many colleges. My hall, Rowan, has a solid mix of freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior girls. I love how Covenant combines the upperclassmen with the new students, combining the wisdom and the energy to make the hall flourish. The hall has been bonded throughout the year with different hall events like creating a movie to present to the campus, having italian cooking lessons in our hall commons, going to zumba class at the gym together, having a photo scavenger hunt with our sister hall, and a game night with our brother hall. One of the ways I have gotten to know the girls on a deeper level is through prayer and praise on the hall every Sunday night. We will often worship together, share testimonies, read scripture and enjoy treats. Hall life comes with many laughs, deep conversations, lasting friendships, and some of the best memories yet.
What are some things you enjoy about your major(s)?
I love my major because it is applicable in almost in area of work and the opportunities after graduation are boundless. This field is not only about coding, but combining coding with other passions and serving an area where both are applicable. Dr. Hunt even encourages us to look into serving a ministry with our technology skills and puts together a Spring Break trip to code for a missions company in Colorado. In Computer Science, I love the satisfaction of problem solving. After spending hours on a project and then seeing it come together, it is satisfying knowing I have been stretched and taken one step towards improvement. The music department is also one of my favorite places. Through the encouragement of my harp teacher, ensemble instructor and music faculty, I have progressed and my love for music has flourished.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
My computer science professor, Dr. Hunt, has definitely had a huge impact on me. From the summer before I attended Covenant, I emailed him many times with questions and every time I was blown away by his speedy and considerate response. His selfless attitude has continued throughout my time at Covenant. His door is always open and he is willing to help me work through a problem I am struggling with in the class or discuss plans for the future. He is passionate about seeing each of his students succeed.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is grounding my faith in a time that is crucial to do so in life. This is one of the most important things I know I will take away from these years of my life. Studying Computer Science at a liberal arts school is also a unique opportunity to learn both the technical side of coding and the literary side of writing as I belief both of these will be crucial in the workplace. My professor, Dr. Hunt, is also great at encouraging students to find internships that will provide real life work and prepare us well for the work environment after school. He has even helped me receive an internship at Chick-fil-A headquarters after my first year studying Computer Science.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in a church?
I love that Covenant doesn’t host a Sunday service in the chapel, but encourages students to go out into the surrounding community. Through this, I have been encouraged to serve in my church and truly become a participating member. Covenant has shown me what community means, and I will never want to lose this but continue to participate and build a community in a church.