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Student Profile: Jesudhas Arnold '19

Jesudhas Arnold


Class Year


Bangalore, India


Economics, Community Development


Residence Hall and Floor
Maclellan Hall, Lawrence


Favorite place on campus
The crater by the chapel lawn.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose covenant for the Christian education and community.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Yes. I was pretty sure that I wanted to go to Covenant as a high school student. At Covenant, I got to talk to people and see first hand everything that happened at Covenant and that only furthered my resolve to become a Scot. Also, the scenery is amazing!


How is Covenant unique?
Covenant has given and continues to give me a good Christian education. I don’t think that I have been anywhere where the professor prays before every class they teach, they are all wise, approachable, and genuinely love the Lord. The campus and community are wonderful too. Being able to have friends who will pray for you at any time of the day has been very encouraging.


Describe Covenant in three words.
Community, Christ-centered, Scenic


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I love all the dance events that Covenant has.


What is your favorite class so far?
Theory of Community Development. The class always reminds me that despite everything that happens, there is God. The reason for community development is not primarily to make the materially poor materialistically rich, but instead to lift them up and help them become spiritually rich. I love constantly being reminded that I am not the solution to anything because often I think that I can come up with methods to help. It is helpful to constantly be reminded that God is the solution.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
The people on your hall are like your brothers. You don’t always get along with them. But, at the end of the day they are there for you. I know I can approach any of them if I had a problem and they would be willing to help me. Your hall mates take you in and are there for you. Another unique characteristic of Covenant hall life is the weekly hall prayer and praise. It is awesome to come together hall mates to worship God and learn about Him.


What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I love Economics. I love numbers and graphs and anything to do with it. I also love God. At Covenant I am learning how to glorify God through Economics and Community Development. I love how scripture and God’s will is taught to us simultaneously while we are learning about poverty. I love the professors connect God’s word to our class content because, after all, God did create it all.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Dr. Fikkert has the greatest impact on me. The first time I heard him talk, I learned so much from him. His wisdom and knowledge on community development and poverty has astounded me. When I came to Covenant to pursue these majors I came in thinking that I would come here, learn, and then go out and solve all the problems that the world could throw at me. But he taught me that I wasn’t the solution; God was. That was something that I desperately needed to hear.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I have had the opportunity to serve on Covenant’s student senate as the Freshman Class President. This opportunity has helped me develop various skills such as decision making, planning, and management. I know that in my major I will be required to take part in internships which will be valuable for after I graduate.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant has a chapel every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. They do not do anything on Sunday as they want us to participate in the local churches. Also, professors are always telling us of opportunities for us to serve the local churches with the talents that we have. We are encouraged to move into the community and be part of the local church.