Student Profile: Ismael Bartolome '19
Linares, Nuevo León, México
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I chose Covenant College because it seemed like a very special place where I could study Engineering with a biblical perspective. Covenant gave me the opportunity to not only grow academically but to grow spiritually as well. In practice, not many Christian schools are intentional about serving Christ and putting him over every field of study, but Covenant has proved otherwise. The fact that Covenant is on a beautiful mountain was also an additional factor which influenced my decision of coming here.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
The aspect of Covenant that I like the best is its community, a beautiful place where I’ve found great friendships and met professors that serve Christ passionately. Covenant’s community (faculty, staff, and friends) has shown me that they want the best for me and that their desire for me is that I would give my best in serving Christ through my field of study.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
My favorite Covenant College event has been the Christmas concert because it is such a special occasion where the community at Covenant and around it come together to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Playing as part of the orchestra makes it so much exciting.
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
Residence life at Covenant is such a pivotal aspect during the time you spend here. It allows you to have a community of support that is there for you in your most happy and stressful moments of your academic life. Personally, I find residence life a place in which I can relax and enjoy being a student which helps me to perform better academically.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
The professors that have impacted me the most are Dr. Stern, Dr. Zuidema, and Dr. Ward. Dr. Stern and Dr. Zuidema have shown me how to approach world of mathematics and chemistry with an attitude of service and a mind that is willing to discover the wonders that God reveals through his creation. Dr. Ward has been a professor that has shown me how to love Christ and follow him with everything that I have and am. Taking Old Testament with Dr. Ward was a very enjoyable experience in which I learned a lot about God’s amazing love.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
What I enjoy the most about my major is all the material that I am learning. What I am learning from chemistry, mathematics, and physics makes me realize how finite I am and that the fact that I am alive and have the opportunity to be studying here is a gift from God. I am learning about the ways in which God rules his creation.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
What I am learning here at Covenant is equipping me to be a Christ-centered chemist that does not only care for the technical facets of a problem but who considers the impact that every decision or solution will have on society.
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Christian mind helped me to realize how different fields of study reflect Christ and how everything in this world points to him. Christian doctrine has helped me to think carefully about issues that I face in my own field of study: how should new discoveries and knowledge be treated according to biblical doctrines?
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is equipping me to be an active member in the church by making me capable of using my gifts as an act of service and develop them as I serve.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
Relationships at Covenant have shaped my expectations for the future by teaching me to relate to other people that have different points of view or different backgrounds from my own. By learning how to relate to other people I am in a better position to help the people around me.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
My favorite way to spend my free-time on campus is to be with my hallmates and relax as we talk about life. Looking around campus during sunset is also one of my favorite ways to spend my free-time. Off campus I enjoy volunteering for youth group and helping to translate at New City East Lake (the church I attend).