Student Profile: Andrew Fultz '18
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, Second South
Favorite place on campus
There’s an incredible place near the running trails under the power lines where I can set up an ENO, relax, read, and watch the sunset over Chattanooga. But Second South is always a great place I can come back to.
Why did you choose Covenant?
When I first stepped foot on campus, I was struck with how people cared for each other - it went beyond Southern hospitality. It was a body of believers that, as I would grow to understand better with time, was learning together as a community what it meant to live “In All Things Christ Preeminent”. This mentality and the small campus directly translated into the way people lived and communed with each other. I loved that.
Also Chattanooga has some wonderful coffee shops.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Initially, I wasn’t really considering anything outside of Virginia, but I wasn’t allowed to cross Covenant off the list until I had stayed on campus overnight. I stayed for Campus Preview Weekend my Senior year of high school. I was sold. I saw a picture of Covenant’s unique culture that offered a college experience unlike any other college campus I had visited.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant offers students a chance to join the age-old conversation: exploring what is means to reflect Christ’s preeminence in all things. Covenant provides a safe environment for students to learn, grow, and ask difficult questions. The small campus, the community, the academic challenges, the professors and staff who care, hall life, and even events like Kilter and 80’s Skate Night all contribute to creating this environment.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Challenging, Christ-centered community
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I really can’t nail down one experience. But I always love getting coffee with friends, so some highlights during my time at Covenant have simply been wrestling with difficult questions and talking about life with friends and professors over coffee or lunch. The Great Hall at Covenant and local coffee shops in Chattanooga provide wonderful places to meet and bond with other people.
What is your favorite class so far?
Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. More distinctly than anything or anyone else at Covenant, Kapic has helped me understand what it means to intentionally pursue faithful living in every area of my life. This began in Doctrine I, but has also continued in his other classes like Doctrine II, Christology, and Christian Spirituality. One of the first concepts we wrestled with in Doctrine I discussed the dynamics of how not only does our theology inform our lives as acts of worship, but simultaneously our lives inform our theology. You’ll have to take a class with him to really begin to unpack what that means, but Kapic has really helped me grasp the significance of this idea and how to live in response to it.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Each hall holds students of different years and majors. It’s fascinating because it reflects the body of Christ, each uniquely holding their own strengths, struggles, and personalities, but called to grow and live together. This catalyzes the campus culture of exploring Christ’s preeminence as we work through some of the most transformative years in our lives. Personally, Second South has played a massive role in shaping who I am during my time at Covenant. It’s where the conversations in the classrooms have continued to late into the night and where Taco Bell is always an option, no matter how late it is.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
In high school I was a manager at Chick-Fil-A, so it’s awesome to see how my personal experience in business and operations is often directly applicable in my classes. My Business and Economics classes have challenged me academically and invited me to engage with the business world in light of my faith.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
As I mentioned previously, Dr. Kapic has really helped me understand what it means to live faithfully. He’s meant a lot to me personally because of his remarkable patience and honest desire to help me learn and grow. This manifested not only through his teaching, but also through our conversations. Like many other professors at Covenant, he’s always remarkably open to help individual students wrestle with ideas – whether after class or over lunch. It really has meant a lot to me for how much Covenant professors care about how I understand and respond to what I’m learning in classes.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant has challenged me to pursue excellence, think critically, and live faithfully in all things.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Hall life, classes, and campus-wide conversations call for us to live together as the body of Christ and actively encourages us to participate in something much larger than ourselves.