Student Profile: Chi Xin Leow '19
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter, Fifth South
Favorite place on campus
Wherever my close friends are.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant because it is a Christian Liberal Arts College within the Reformed and PCA traditions. Also, the extremely beautiful location, the carefully crafted philosophy of education and philosophy of athletics, the exciting profiles of cultural diversity student leaders and the amazing people in the Facebook group of Covenant Class of 2019 made my decision to become a Scot stronger!
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Living 9784 miles away from Covenant, I did not.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant is unique because on one hand it presses its students very hard to live a holy life but at the same time it encourages its student to enjoy the good things of God with thanksgiving. From engaging thorough discussion in class to dancing on a boat, from talking about deep spiritual struggle with hall mates to asking a girl to Spring Formal, these are just some of the examples in which Covenant understands what grace will lead to, a life with both striving to be perfect and enjoying God’s creation.
Describe Covenant in three words.
In Christ Alone.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Friendship. For a person coming to a new environment, receiving a “Hi” from others is considered precious, let alone being accepted and loved by roommates and hallmates as who I am. From the excitement of seeing familiar faces while walking on campus, to the realization that, “Man, I am part of them!” while being with my close friends, these experience will definitely be a sweet memory when I look back to my four years of college life in the future.
What is your favorite class so far?
This is a hard question, but I’ll go for English Composition with Professor Huffines during my first semester of Freshman year. I like writing but, most importantly, Professor Huffines not only taught us how to write, but also how to communicate. I am still using the rhetorical situation model that we learned when writing any of my papers. Also, having a passionate teacher at 1:00 p.m. after-lunch period was very helpful for our concentration in the class.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
It is a great opportunity for the students to find Covenant to be their home. Apart from being a student, most of us associate our identities with our halls. Hall events like Carter Christmas, Mystery Date, Praise and Prayer, and cleaning day bond us with one another. I really like Carter’s tradition of keeping doors opened most of the time. My hall mates can tell you that Chi Xin always walks around on the hall and enters into rooms with an apple in his hand.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
For my Freshmen year, I just took Introduction to the Old Testament and Introduction to the New Testament. However, interacting with Dr. Madueme during orientation week, hearing Dr. Kapic speak in chapel, and taking Introduction to the Old Testament with Dr. Jones have already made me really excited to take classes like Doctrine and Hebrew with them.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
No one has impacted me in every aspect of life, but five persons have contributed to each aspect. Firstly, Hunter Rasmussen ‘16. I heard him talking more when we got together to pray on Tuesday nights, than I heard him talking personally to me or anyone else. But he showed me how close a Christian can be with God, by calling Him “Dad” and pouring out our hearts in faith and in hope. Secondly, my roommates - Luke Brinkman, Matt Leo and Peter Codington. You don’t know how much your roommates have impacted you until you start picking up their favorite phrases and expressions. That was how my roommates have impacted me, which is great because it helps me to embrace American culture. Lastly, Gideon Yuwono. His love for his country and his Indonesian “rendang” have made me decide to go back to Malaysia after graduation.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Apart from providing a bachelor degree program for my major, Covenant’s emphasis on our Cultural Mandate and Common Grace challenges me to be more engaged in the world but at the same time not of the world. Covenant is also exposing me to Western culture which enriches my life vocabulary. There are a lot of moments where I realize, “Oh, I thought this has always been the way people feel or act, but now I know this is culturally structured.” Combining Asia’s respect for authority and America’s direct attitude, is just one of the many things that will give me practical wisdom in dealing with different kinds of people in the future.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I would say the professors are role models for me in that aspect. It is interesting and encouraging to see your president or any of your professors standing in front and leading the worship. Also, I have known people who are involved actively in the church.