Student Profile: Maggie Chiang '20

Maggie Chiang

 

Class Year
2020

 

Hometown
Bridgewater, NJ

 

Majors
Psychology

 

If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
I actually studied overseas for high school career and didn’t visit Covenant until Move In Day freshman year.

 

Why did you choose Covenant College?
I chose to come to Covenant College because I wanted to go to a college that had a strong community with great foundations in Christ. Covenant College was also the college that reached out the most to me. They would always answer my questions quickly.

 

What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
I enjoy the community of Covenant College. Everyone is super welcoming and the staff reaches out and is always there if you need help. I also love the campus itself and where its setted and how beautiful it is.

 

What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
My favorite Covenant College event has been Jazz on the Overlook. This dance is the first dance of the year. It is one of the classiest and most relaxing dances that I have been to. It is out on the Overlook with jazz music and fun groups of people. Alumni would come back and it's always exciting seeing old faces and also welcoming the new faces.

 

How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
Residence life has created a friendly atmosphere where we can build strong relationships with each other that encourage us when things get busy. This pushes me to have a greater academic ability and strength because the pressure of assignments lets me have higher goals to work harder. Having relationships all around me also encourages me to work harder.

 

Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Professor Eames has impacted the way that I think about my major and my heart to help the world. He is there if I ever have a question and able to direct and give out choices of what I could be able to do.

 

What do you most enjoy about your major?
In high school, I faced different trials and heard many different stories that I made me intrigued to understand how our mind and body works. I enjoy Psychology because I am able to learn more about myself and the grief I have faced and I am also able to learn how to help people using a Christ-centered mindset as well.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
In Psychology, there are many times when a professor in class will talk about different things that we will face in graduate school. Panels will be set up to educate us on which direction we could focus on after college. Psychology classes at Covenant produce hard challenges and discussions that make students think critically about all different types of circumstances. There is also a great group of mentors who are able to lead students well and advisors that will guide our choice of classes during our four years at Covenant and in making plans for after graduation.

 

Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Core classes have affected my other classes in miraculous ways. For me personally, each semester there seems to be a specific theme that all of my classes represent. This past semester, the theme was emotions, and in all of my classes there would be something that would always turns us back to that topic. Many of the core classes at Covenant have a solid foundation in understanding the character of God. It challenges us to want to know God more and also helps redirect us to the true motive of why we want to learn.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
At Covenant, there are specific core classes that give us a good basic foundation of Christ and understanding more of His character. This helps me want to be more active and passionate in the Church and understand more of God’s kingdom.

 

How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
Coming to Covenant has helped shape my expectations for other communities because it has opened up my mind to how different people think. There are so many relationships that can be built at Covenant and it can be so diverse. God has opened my mind to different types of communities and has taught me to appreciate how He works in each different culture.

 

What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
My favorite thing to do during my free time on campus is to go play my guitar on the overlook and worship as I am looking at the view. Off campus I enjoy hanging out with friends shopping, eating, or catching a movie.