Student Profile: Kyle Delk '18
Business, Economics, and Sports Administration
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, Second Central
Favorite place on campus
Carter Lawn, because living in Carter it’s a really great place to relax on nice days, maybe play some Spikeball and maybe throw the Frisbee around. And also because of the incredible view.
Why did you choose Covenant?
My church back home in Orlando brought the high school youth group to summer camps (Elevate) every summer. My brother and sister both went to the summer camps before I did and told me how awesome Covenant’s campus was. Then I came to the same summer camp for four years and felt like Covenant was one of my top picks. On top of loving the campus, community, and Chattanooga, I also wanted to play sports in college, so that made the decision easier.
How is Covenant unique?
I think Covenant is unique because of its direct relationship to the PCA. There are colleges that say they are Christian and are in many ways, but I think that the direct influence of the PCA on the decisions and leadership of the school make it very special. I would argue that there is not a school like Covenant. The emphasis on Gospel-based community and building/shaping graduates to view the world through Gospel-centered doctrine and seeing the ups and downs of life as a part of Christ’s preeminence in all things is unique here.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Christ, Community, and Intentionality.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Enjoying the mountain for what it is, camping, exploring, and just having a good time with people I love doing life with.
What is your favorite class so far?
Doctrine 2 with Dr. Madueme or Principles of Management with Dr. Quatro. Dr. Madueme is just an incredible professor and being as educated as he is, he makes doctrine and theology real and emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine. Dr. Quatro makes real life connections to the content of the course by using examples of companies here in Chattanooga.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Hall life at Covenant is unique because even though there might be multiple personalities and multiple interests in terms of the people, you come together and grow together by experiencing college life as a group. It’s funny how at the beginning of the year sometimes you’ll think, “How in the world am I going to be close to these guys?” and by the end of the year you find yourself second guessing how excited you are for summer sometimes. I think that is a direct correlation with the emphasis that Covenant puts on community and relationships. It really is a special place.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
The IDS major is really cool. Especially for someone like me who can’t exactly nail down what I want to do with my life, but I know that I am interested in several things. It gives me the flexibility to explore those interests and see which ones really stick out to me. If I find one I really love, then I can get a Master’s degree in that area. The IDS major gives students the opportunity to explore their many interests without feeling like they are committing to something they might end up hating when they graduate.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Although there are several names I could mention, I feel like one man especially was impactful for me. Nathaniel Allen, or otherwise known as “Nanny”. He has been a constant for me the past two years. He has been on 5th South with me for two years and has been on trips to the hospital with me and we have had sleepless nights when we talked at 3 in the morning before 8am. exams. He was the Discipleship Coordinator (DC) my freshman year and then stepped up to being RA my sophomore year. My sophomore year I worked alongside him as DC for 5th South and that was a really great experience. 5th South changed dramatically from my freshmen year to my sophomore as we had a lot of upperclassmen leave (that I was really close to and looked up to) after my freshmen year, so my sophomore year, 15 out of the 18 guys on 5th South were new to 5th South and 14 were Freshmen or transfers. Having Nanny there with me fostered a great relationship and I’m grateful I got to learn from him and be a support for him.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is preparing me for life after graduation in their commitment in the classroom to talking about real world issues from a Christian perspective and learning how Christ can be integrated into all areas of learning and life.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant preaches the importance of church attendance and involvement in the Sabbath day, by closing the library on Sundays and making sure that athletic teams don’t play or travel on Sundays, they want their students to rest on the Sabbath and focus on worshipping our Savior. They challenge all students to observe the Sabbath and abstain from homework on Sundays, although most Sundays that is extremely hard, it is something that I wish I could do and sometimes I can. When I can, it is great to just rest, relax, and enjoy the day that I have off.