Student Profile: Mark Makkar Gabriel '18

Mark Makkar Gabriel


Class Year


Damascus, Syria


Biology, Biomedical




Residence building and hall
Founders, Brethren


Arabic tutor, biology club, diversity club (MuKappa)


Favorite place on campus
The lookout spot between the Brock and Probasco buildings.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant for its pre-med program along with its wonderful scenery.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Yes, my visit was a major factor of my decision.


How is Covenant unique?
Covenant is unique in its diversity of thought and ethnicity that continuously challenges and develops one’s mode of thinking.


Describe Covenant in three words
Bustling Scottish Christians.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Going to Chick-Fil-A with my hall on an unannounced trip.


What is your favorite class so far?
Introduction to Philosophy


What made that class your favorite?
Constantly being challenged to think critically about what people proposed as truth, and using that skill to think critically about what I believed so that my belief is always backed up with strong and personally discovered evidence.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
The strong bonds within each hall, and the sense of community throughout each building make hall life unique.


What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I get to do both theoretical thinking about interesting subjects, and apply some hypotheses through hands-on experiments (sometimes, I get to deal with dangerous chemicals, which has always been a nerdy dream of mine).


Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Ben Swakopf. His completely radical views on almost everything continuously bewildered my curious mind. Since he is very well informed in linguistics, we had fun analyzing my language and its cultural integrations on multiple occasions. In addition, he helped me gain a love for diverse types of knowledge stretching from different languages, to politics and current events, to the human psyche, and to the philosophy of religion in addition to my initial love for science. Mainly, he is crazy so I befriended him because I was intrigued by his insanity.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Dorm life educates me about the responsibilities of independence and learning to communicate with others about all matters. Classes teach me new ways to approach different subjects and how to deal with an idea or thought that is completely unbeknownst to me.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant repeatedly shows me the importance of fellowship through the church. It taught me the importance of being an active member of a church and my role as a member of Christ’s body.