Student Profile: Marisol Rios Lecaros '19
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
I didn’t visit Covenant before coming here. But my first time here, the friendliness of the students stood out to me a lot.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I knew it was a Christian school, and I had great expectations in coming here. Even talking on the phone with my advisor, it felt like this was where God wanted me to be, and it felt like a place where I was going to be loved and appreciated. Other schools’ representatives were not nearly as nice as the people I spoke to at Covenant. It was great to feel like I was going to be somewhere where I belonged. It was a very stressful summer trying to find a school to go to, but God made sure to bring me where I needed to be.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
The Christian community for sure. There’s other students as well as faculty and staff who truly care about you. Singing and worshiping at Chapel and praying before the beginning of every class are also things I love about Covenant. I surely did not experience that at a secular school, and I am glad I get to live it every day now.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
Mistletoe Mingle is my favorite, because it’s not a date dance so I could be with all my friends. I love all the three different stations that you can switch between if you didn’t like the song on one of the stations. It was lots of fun.
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
My hallmates are always encouraging me when I get down because of a bad grade and celebrating my successes with me when I do well. I think that adds a lot, especially knowing that no matter what, I always have friends who have my back.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Dr. Bill Davis impacted the way I think about being a Christian. After taking two classes with him, Christian Mind and Christ and Culture, he surely impacted the way I see my position as a Christian in today’s culture.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
I love the challenge. When we have labs or projects to do and I am not very sure on how to do it, it can be stressful at first. But the moment I finish, I feel accomplished and for a second I feel like nothing can stop me.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
I feel like the professors are really preparing us for the working aspects of our careers by giving us challenging programming projects and teaching us what we need to know to solve them, while at the same time leaving part for us to figure out through trial and error.
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
I cannot be very specific because most of my core classes have impacted me in many different ways. They have strengthened my faith and my relationship with God, which has impacted other classes by having me lean into Him more and trust Him. I know my struggles in my other classes are part of His plan, and I also know that I can face the challenges with Him.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Since attending Covenant College I have regularized my church attendance. In fact I have attended church so regularly that I have found a church home. I will be baptized this coming Sunday, April 21, when I will accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
It has cemented my Christian principles in such a way that I can move forward through life confident in my faith and in what I can bring to others in Christ, both here in the USA and in Peru.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
I like to hang out with friends in my free time, either playing cards, talking, or occasionally going on hikes. However because of my major and minor, I rarely have free time.