Ivy Sjoholm | Admissions Representative
Major at Covenant:
Co-curricular activities during college:
Running, hiking, covenant chorale, the poetry club, International Justice Mission, discipleship coordinator, chair of the Neal Conference committee
Most influential class at Covenant:
The Theory of Community Development class completely changed the way I saw the world, myself, other people, God, and big concepts like poverty and poverty alleviation. More than any other class, it helped me to see how my life fits in with God’s plans and taught me how to make seeking justice a part of my lifestyle.
Favorite Covenant event:
I love Jazz on the Overlook. During homecoming week each fall, students and alumni gather at Covenant’s most scenic spot, the Overlook, for a night of big band and dancing. As if that weren’t fun enough, the dance in serenaded by the Sweet Georgia Sound—a local, 20-piece big band ensemble. It is one classy night, let me tell you!
Most influential experience at Covenant:
During the fall semester of my senior year, I did my community development internship with a human rights organization in Lima, Peru. While there, I was charged with developing a program that would help survivors of domestic violence become financially independent of their perpetrators. It was a hefty job and required me to draw on everything I had learned at Covenant. Despite distance and busy schedules, my professors and classmates took great care to guide me through the process and assist me with my work. Through this experience, I discovered the value of my education, the joy of following the Lord, and the strength of friendship that I had with my professors and friends.
Why I chose Covenant:
Covenant was never on my radar when I was in high school. I applied only because I promised an admissions representative that I would. But then I visited the campus and spent a night with the students, met with the professors, and sat in on the classes. The people I encountered were all clear thinkers, were dedicated to finding the best answers, were a lot of fun to be around, and were genuinely concerned with each other’s wellbeing. I came to Covenant because I wanted to be like them.