Student Profile: Avery Drury '20
I was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.
I came into Covenant as an Education Studies major, but after exploring different courses, I fell in love with history. I love stories and am particularly fascinated by stories of people, what influenced certain decisions, and how people responded to different events. Because I am pursuing a Community Development minor as well, a History major helps inform how I listen to other people's narratives.
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
When I first visited Covenant College during Scholarship Weekend, I already knew a few people from St. Louis. I was welcomed by people I knew, but I was also introduced to a loving, open, and deep community. The last night during Scholarship Weekend, I was hanging out in Carter Lobby. Two freshmen, Brad Assaraf and Will Friesen, rolled in literally on roller skates, and talked with a group of scholarship kids about difficult issues and sin. I was surprised by how complete strangers would be so open to people they did not know. I thought, if this is at all a representation of Covenant, then this is where I should be.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I chose to go to Covenant College because doors continued to open at this school, while doors closed at other schools. I received the Maclellan scholarship that covered most of my tuition on top of a trumpet scholarship and a work study opportunity. I also knew that if I was going to even consider education, then I must go to Covenant, since they have one of the best Christian education programs.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
My favorite aspect of Covenant College is the classes. My beliefs are constantly being pushed and challenged along with my academic pursuit. The teachers are extremely personable and kind. I struggle to think of one class that I do not feel known by my teacher! The course work is especially challenging, but I honestly do not mind since I love what I am studying.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
Covenant has a host of amazing events throughout the school year. If I had to choose one, which is not an easy task, I would have to pick Kilter. Kilter is a themed dance at unique locations and last year, students dressed up as 90s kids and went to the Chattanooga Creative Discovery Museum. I went as Pajama Sam from my favorite video game as a kid. The year before that, we all dressed up as animals and had a dance at the Chattanooga Zoo! I enjoy dressing up and also love dancing - Kilter is the best of both worlds.
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
One of the many things that makes Covenant special is its residence life. Covenant College is united by the traditions of different halls. Each hall has a unique name and an equally unique culture. I thought that this hall community was normal for colleges, but after talking with my friends from high school about their college experiences, I am realizing how much of a privilege it is to have these sort of relationships with girls on my hall.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Professor Follett is one of my favorite teachers on campus. This past semester, he taught a class on Modern Russia. My mind was blown by the course. But aside from his class, Professor Follett has won my respect through his transparency, care about the subject matter, his respectful answering of my many questions, and in his encouragement towards me in my academic work.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
The history major is not an easy major - there is a lot of reading and writing involved in this field of study. One of the things I enjoy most about history is that my professors make it a point to not limit history to names and dates. The true study of history involves people in a specific place with real influences and decisions. If the professors had reduced history to names and dates, I would have missed out on the story of different people and places.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
I am not sure what I will do once I graduate from college. I hope to work at a non-profit for a few years after graduation, but I am still figuring out what the next steps look like. Despite not knowing exactly what my post-graduation career will be, the education at Covenant is teaching me how to think critically. All professions need people who are reliable, competent, with a wide background of knowledge. I am sure that wherever God places me, I will be prepared to serve well.
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Covenant College is a liberal arts school. There are many core classes that reach a wide variety of subjects. I do get frustrated at times with the amount of core classes that I am required to take, but I end up enjoying them once the semester starts. Core courses not only introduce me to other fields of study I would not normally have taken a class in, but I also get to know more of Covenants’ awesome professors. One of these classes that I would not normally take is an art class and since my major and minor do not involve art, having the opportunity to take such a class is particularly exciting. My roommate, Sabrina Richline, was in Introduction to Art this past semester and brought back amazing projects. I can not wait until I get to take an art class!
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Although Covenant is a Presbyterian school, they do not require students to go to church. I love this about Covenant because I am given a choice - I have the option to make my faith personal and to get involved with a community of believers or to decline the opportunity. Because of this option, my faith has become more of my own and not just my parents’ faith. I started visiting New City Glenwood during my first semester at Covenant and I have not gone anywhere since. I am currently in new members classes and hope to become a full member of New City in the Fall of 2018.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
Covenant has forced me to care about the details in my schedule. I have learned to keep my email inbox clear and to keep a physical planner with the times of events recorded. Getting involved in any community requires work. If you do not stay on top of the deadlines, its is easy to miss out on amazing opportunities.
What’s your favorite way to your free-time on or off campus?
Free-time is a tricky thing for a college student, because is hard to come by but necessary for self-care and survival. One of the most relaxing things I do in my free time is care for my plants. I have thirteen plants currently in my dorm room and fourteen plants in my hall’s commons. Watering them and watching them grow relaxes me and brings me joy. If I am not with my plants, I am probably dancing - I have been a part of the Covenant Ballroom Club and team since I was a freshman. I love the dancing events Club puts on and nothing both de-stresses and energizes me like swing dancing the night away.