Student Profile: Henry Overos '16

Henry Overos


Class Year


Centreville, VA


International Studies


Residence Hall and Floor
Carter, Second South


Improv team, seeing movies at the dollar theater or with my student discount, and late night Taco Bell runs with friends.


Favorite place on campus
The library. If I want to really get studying done I can go upstairs and grab a desk or I can hang out by the coffee and visit with friends.


Honors received at Covenant
Dean’s List, Maclellan Scholar


Why did you choose Covenant?
In high school, I was looking for a school that actively encouraged students to grow. Of course every college I visited had some kind of statement about their academic standards and how smart and successful their graduates were. At Covenant though I realized that students were encouraged to learn but not just for the sake of learning in itself. At Covenant I found people who were encouraged to learn, because Christ is the Lord of all creation. To learn more about this world is to learn more about what God has made.


How is Covenant unique?
There’s obvious stuff: the fact that the college is on a mountain, my dorm building was originally a hotel in the ’20s and that it is the official college of the PCA. Of course there are all sorts of things you’ll see on the website about what makes Covenant unique.

There are little things about Covenant too. My college stories are unique compared to the stories my friends from other schools tell over breaks. I think Covenant attracts individuals who want to take their education and their faith seriously and aren’t willing to compromise on that in college. The people you learn with make a difference in how you will approach your education.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
The Covenant improv team


What is your favorite class so far?
History of the Modern Middle East with Dr. Green


What made that class your favorite?
Everything I’ve learned so far in that class has been about people and events that greatly impacted the world today and none of the events are as simple as the news would make it seem. History has become more complex and more important for my understanding of the world since I’ve started the class.


What are some things you enjoy about your major(s)?
I’m an international studies major, which means I take a lot of history, economics, political science, and foreign language courses. I’m jumping departments and getting experience in different fields, which I enjoy having the freedom to do. I’m also excited to study abroad. All of my financial aid applies to my studying in France which is a huge relief and I still get to spend a semester in Paris!


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
For me it is a group of people. The older guys on Second South were so welcoming from day one of orientation. That really made freshman year easier for me. Through the people on my hall I’ve learned to love and appreciate others with interests and backgrounds that are different than mine. Little things, like deciding to eat dinner together as a hall every night or having prayer and praise on Sundays together, have compounded into close friendships. I’m surrounded by people who support each other in their studies and Christian walk.


What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
I love the hours after class when I just chill out with friends. In the spring that usually means playing Frisbee for thirty minutes or so in front of Carter Hall or maybe just hanging out in a friend’s room to relax. In winter I usually hang out in the Great Hall with friends.


What are your post-graduation plans?
I’d like to go to graduate school and study either history or political science.


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is equipping me to live for Christ in whatever my vocation will be in the future. I’ve been able to pursue my interests and see how they connect with my faith.