Student Profile: Senri Aoyagi '20

Senri Aoyagi

 

Class Year
2020

 

Hometown
Tokyo, Japan

 

Majors
Art

 

If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
The Covenant community is a mixture of academic and spiritual. People pray for each other, argue doctrine with each other, and just ooze Gospel from their actions. At the same time, you also see the dumb jokes, crazy traditions, and instant ramen that you would expect from any college.

 

Why did you choose Covenant College?
One of the graduates from my high school that attended Covenant told me about an annual schoolwide game of Assassins. Sure, there were other reasons involved, but that was what captured my interest the most. As it turns out, it was banned just a few years before I came to Covenant. As shallow (and disappointing) as my reason was, I’m still glad I chose to come to Covenant.

 

What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
I love all the different cultures the halls have. It’s like all the good things about a fraternity without all the bad things about a fraternity.

 

What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
The Mistletoe Mingle dance has to be my favorite. During the stressful midterms season, it’s the best opportunity to dance your worries away.

 

How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
If your class is fun, it’s twice the fun if it’s with your hallmate. If your class is tough, it’s half as tough when you take it with a hallmate.

 

Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Dr Weichbrodt’s Intro to Art History class has had such a huge influence on how I see art. Take the most confusing piece of art that you would use to show off to your date how much you can appreciate art (but have no idea what you’re saying.) Weichbrodt’s class could make you cry out of a tornado of feelings in learning everything that was going on in the artist’s life, country, and their relationships at the time.

 

What do you most enjoy about your major?
You do what you love, you (in time) love what you do, and (by the grace of God) get a good grade for what you do and love.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
I plan on getting a job at an animation company in Japan. To be honest, coming to any non-Ivy-league or non-art foreign college would be suicide. However, I figured that any Christian life ought to be a gamble, and getting a Christian education to prepare for a secular workplace would be a fair wager.

 

Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Other than how much time they take away from my other classes? Core classes can be a chore to take off your long list of classes to take, but some professors can knock that off its feet. Jones’ Old Testament, Madueme’s Doctrine II, and Dennison’s Cultural Heritage of the West have been like a trip to a theme park, where every topic is like its own ride. Listening to old(er) people get passionate about a subject is fun enough, but then you combine that with the Bible and you have a Gordon Ramsey level gourmet dish.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Regularly attending church while being extremely busy isn’t easy. Sometimes you have so much on your plate you’re anxious if you’ll get it done in time, or you pulled an all-nighter and don’t have the energy to get up out of bed in the morning. It’s taught me how important it is to find a good church, so that it becomes something to look forward to instead of being just another chore.

 

How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
Nothing’s ever going to be as it seems. Covenant’s not some fantasy dream Christian college, but you learn how to find the best of what you have, and it makes you appreciate just how much of a blessing Covenant is on a deeper level.

 

What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
Sleep, food, Netflix. I guess exploring Chattanooga is fun too.