Student Profile: Si Mitchell '17

Si Mitchell


Class Year


Annapolis, MD


Community Development


Residence building and hall
Carter Hall, Second South


Running, drinking tea, quoting movies, adventuring, talking.


Favorite place on campus
If no one is in the chapel, it can be a sweet place to study or just be alone. Other than that, Second South is the place to be.


Why did you choose Covenant?
Several factors impacted my decision to come to Covenant. Having family attending Covenant and in the Chattanooga area was certainly an appealing component. Also, since I was interested in studying community development, Covenant’s superb program for this major was attractive. Finally, by God’s grace, the cost of Covenant became affordable which opened the door to attend.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I visited for scholarship weekend my senior year of high school. I was encouraged during my short stay by the visible desire the halls had to honor our Lord and Savior in their everyday actions.


How is Covenant unique?
One of the most unique things about Covenant is the people and the community God creates through them. Community is one of the aspects of Covenant that is brought up again and again and again. But it is important and must not be overlooked. I have been hugely blessed by students at Covenant who genuinely love Jesus Christ and endeavor to seek Him and His glory and by professors who are willing not only to teach students but also willing to walk alongside of us.


Describe Covenant in three words
Challenging, partying, God-glorifying.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
A favorite experience of mine at Covenant is the Second South annual “Pretentious Putt-Putt.” This is a classy time where classy guys take classy girls to a less-than-classy putt-putt course to showcase superb golfing abilities.


What is your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far has been Character in Leadership.


What made that class your favorite?
This class explored leadership by reading and discussing biographies of various leaders. Each week we would read about a leader (anyone from William Wilberforce to Billy Graham to Nelson Mandela) and discuss what wisdom we could draw from their stories. The teaching, discussion, and classmates were a joy.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
While halls at other schools may simply be a place to sleep and study, hall life at Covenant is an opportunity to connect. Halls hang out together, eat with each other, meet together. While each hall does things differently, hall life allows a student to get closer to a group of students and learn how to both support and be supported by others.


What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I greatly appreciate the caliber of the community development major. The community development faculty have extensive knowledge and experience in this field and communicates clearly and compassionately.


Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
While many, many people have influenced me greatly at Covenant College, one of the people who have blessed me the most is my friend, Joseph Ricketts. Joseph’s love for Christ, love for creation, and love for adventure has both taught me and encouraged me. His faithful trust and service to Christ has been a great example to me.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is not simply preparing me to get a job and make money after college. While this is part of what I will gain from my Covenant education, I am also being taught how to think, how to learn, how to consider multiple aspects of life, and how to communicate this with others. This will be helpful, not only in the work place, but also in the church, in the family, and the world at large.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant encourages church involvement in several ways. Having no chapel on Sundays is an intentional effort for students to become connected in churches off campus. Also, the fact that most students go to church on Sundays creates a positive standard. It is not exceptional for a Covenant College student to go to church on Sunday. By God’s grace, it is the norm.

Brittany Stout

"I love the holistic approach of community development. Although I am only a few classes into the major, it is already transforming my view on life. I also have really enjoyed being taught by Dr. Fikkert and Professor Corbett. They are SO knowledgeable in the field of community development and their passion is contagious."
 - Brittany Stout '18

Chris Carter

"The Community Development program is preparing me for a life dedicated to the work of Christ in a setting that may otherwise be way out of my comfort zone. The classes are beautifully crafted to give you the confidence and knowledge needed to step into the third world, but also instill an understanding of the necessity of humility and an open heart when interacting with a new culture. Corbett and Fikkert, two of the key professors in the major, are extremely respected individuals in their field, yet meet you at such a personal level and concentrate on your personal growth. Never have I been in a position in my life where I wake up stoked to go to my classes, nor have I ever felt so loved and supported by professors who care so much about your dreams and plans for the future. "
 - Chris Carter '18