Student Profile: Morgan Barney '18
Spanish, Community Development
Residence Hall and Floor
Maclellan Hall, Chi Alpha
Favorite place on campus
There’s a space overlooking the distant mountains between Brock and the chapel that, in the early morning, is especially beautiful.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I learned about Covenant after reading the book authored by two of our professors, “When Helping Hurts.” After visiting campus, I chose Covenant because I realized their mission of in “All Things Christ Preeminent” was actually lived out on campus. Covenant does more than provide lip service to the gospel, but seeks to make Him known in every way possible.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I distinctly remember the day I visited Covenant for the first time. It was a gorgeous fall day, but it was the personable nature of my admissions counselor and professors that really impressed me. Professor Corbett, who has now taught me in Community Development classes, sat down and talked to my mom and I for over an hour. This impacted me greatly in my decision process, as I saw that Covenant enrollment was more about the individual person than the number.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant is unique in a plethora of ways, but I must say my favorite is in the highly relational aspect of this school. From friends to teammates to professors, our close proximity to one another allows for raw, life giving relationships to flourish.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Honest, refining, zealous.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
One of the best experiences I’ve had at Covenant was backpacking last semester. I’d always loved hiking and being outside in high school, but through my time at Covenant and the Outdoors Club I’ve been able to really explore the nearby mountains. The glory of God’s handiwork was evident through the changing leaves and moments of stillness. We hiked for three days, but sore legs made for happy hearts and sweet new friendships.
What is your favorite class so far?
This is a tough one, but I would have to say Terrorism with Dr. Horne. While the subject matter of this course has made it challenging at times, Dr. Horne has presented the material in a highly comprehensive way. It’s not every day that you are able to take such a specialty course taught through a Christian perspective. I have been pushed to lean into my studies deeply for this course, but it’s taught me not only the importance of perseverance and to see how the coursework will apply for my career in the future.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Hall life has changed my life in teaching me the power of living with others in community. You simply cannot hide when living with 26 other girls for an entire year, which has shaped me greatly as a person. I love the spontaneity and spunk of my hall too, as the girls are always up for light hearted fun, as well as the late night heart to hearts.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
My major is another integral part of my Covenant experience in that I absolutely love my course of study. International Studies has undoubtedly challenged me to research thoroughly, but also to see God working in and through political systems. In a field that can often seem to be “too far gone,” I’ve loved seeing God’s redemptive hand in the broken systems of our world. Justice and human flourishing are two of my greatest passions, and through my major I desire to work in a capacity that will allow those passions to continue. I’ve also loved the relationships I’ve formed with my classmates in the major. From co-laboring through late nights in the library to the occasional classroom banter, it’s been wonderful to grow alongside friends who not only love Jesus, but desire to see Him work through governments functions as well.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Covenant is full of incredible, God honoring people, but I would have to say my RA and friend Andrea Hunt. She loves the Lord with her entire heart and loves people in a way that I can only hope to emulate one day. I’ve had the privilege of leading Chi Alpha alongside her as DC (discipleship coordinator) this year and I’ve seen how she handles life with patience and grace. She’s taught me to listen with compassion and remain steadfast in faithfulness. She also loves guacamole, dance parties, and Whitney Houston, which is totally awesome.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
The liberal arts education Covenant offers has given me the chance to study the world in such a way that encourages me to see future employment, career, and family as a complete gift from God. As a student highly interested in graduate school, I believe the academic rigor at Covenant has prepared me well for the intensity I should expect from the next level of education. Most importantly, I feel prepared to leave Covenant with a fuller understanding of God and a desire for continued growth in my relationship with Himself, others, and the rest of creation.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Thankfully, I have already experienced incredible hospitality and love from my local church, New City Fellowship, here in Chattanooga. Covenant takes a firm stance in that it is, “not the church.” We students are encouraged to plug into our local churches, which has been a refreshing blessing in my life. I look forward to Sunday mornings and small group as a time to glean from the wisdom of those not in the 18-22 year old age category and to worship the Lord together!