Student Profile: Will Ahrenholz '16
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter, Second Central
Studying, pick-up soccer, eating, sleeping, watching movies, singing, o-team, ping pong, hockey
Favorite place on campus
When it’s warm and sunny, I love being outside anywhere on campus. For indoors, I have to say the Great Hall and the library. Both allow me to engage in two things I am very passionate about: eating with friends and studying.
Why did you choose Covenant?
Considering my post-high school options, I knew I wanted to study at an institution that not only was academically rigorous, but also taught and challenged its students in response to what the Gospel teaches. Seeing two of my older siblings attend Covenant before me and observing their emotional, intellectual, and spiritual growth through the experience was hugely encouraging and sparked my initial interest. Visiting campus, my hopes were pleasantly confirmed when I observed firsthand the Christ-centered learning and worship that characterizes Covenant so well. When I say that I “chose” Covenant, I mean that God through his Spirit used these things to give me a desire to be a part of this wonderful community.
How is Covenant unique?
There is a plethora of things that makes Covenant unique, including its location, hall life, and academic rigor. But the one thing that sets Covenant apart from any other school is its student-professor relationships. A student at Covenant has the unique privilege to be taught by some extremely intelligent men and women who love the Lord and genuinely enjoy getting to know their students. Small class sizes make the learning experience so much more interactive and meaningful, facilitating great relationships with professors both inside and outside the classroom.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I had the privilege of participating in last year’s spring musical Into the Woods—easily one of the most fun experiences I have ever had. It gave me the chance to interact with some extremely talented students and faculty that I would not normally have run into, as well as to explore an area of interest I had no prior experience with. That’s what the liberal arts is all about!
What is your favorite class so far?
Human Anatomy and Physiology (HAP) with Dr. Morris
What made that class your favorite?
Learning about how our bodies work was fascinating and gave me a completely new perspective into the nature of our Creator. Studying for the class became a sort of worship as I acquired a greater sense of God’s creativity and attention to detail. You gain a deeper understanding of God’s grace when you realize just how complex the body is.
What are some things you enjoy about your major(s)?
Being a biology major means I have the privilege to study a small chapter in the enormous story of God’s faithfulness to His creation. Learning about the world around me is to learn more about the one who created it. There are times when I can only sit in amazement and reflect on the incredible things God has created. Praise be to the one who gives His image bearers the ability to study His creation!
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Dr. Morris has had a huge impact on how I approach the sciences, and learning in general. He is very careful about instilling a sense of humility in his students and teaches biology intentionally through the lens of the Gospel. His love for biology is infectious, as is his love for Christ. Jarrod Hoffman, my hall mate and DC has also had a large impact on me over the last two years. Jarrod regularly challenges me in my own faith and sets an example of a humble servant-leader for all of us on 2C. His encouraging attitude and selfless disregard of his own interests are qualities that I try to emulate, albeit poorly.
What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, going to chapel is my favorite part of the day. Having the collective student body together in one room gives a physical sense of the unity we share as believers. It’s nice to just be still and worship with one another while hearing the scriptures read and wisdom spoken by some truly phenomenal speakers.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I have recently become interested in the idea of being a physician assistant, so right now tentative plans (emphasis on tentative) include grad school in a PA program. After grad school the eventual hope would be to start practicing.
How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is teaching me how to learn and love better—to learn from and to love those around me with the same unconditional love with which Christ loves us and to become more aware of my own sin and the resulting sea of mercy and grace from the Father.