Student Profile: Brittany Stout '18

Brittany Stout

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Matthews, NC

 

Major
Community Development

 

Residence building and hall
Maclellan Hall, Harambe!

 

Activities
JV volleyball, RUF worship team, ballroom dance club, intramural volleyball, playing guitar with friends, hiking

 

Favorite place on campus
Oh gosh. Hardest question! At this point, I’d have to say the trails behind campus. I love taking spontaneous walks down there with friends or on my own.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose to attend Covenant because of its unique community, its focus on Christ in every sphere of life, and its beauty and surroundings.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I did. I actually first visited when my family dropped my older brother off for his freshman year. I did not initially like Covenant, but after spending the night a few times with some really great girls and visiting a number of other colleges, I realized this is where I wanted to be. There’s a unique feel to this place.

 

How is Covenant unique?
After visiting around 8 different colleges, most of them Christian, Covenant just kept coming back to mind. It was the school I compared every other school to. There’s a really good balance of legalism and grace here. Christ is definitely sought to be exalted and excellence is pursued in every realm—all of this is done in an incredibly loving and caring way. The professors and staff here are really invested in you and care about you as a person.

 

Describe Covenant in three words
Beautiful. Vibrant. Personal.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Second hardest question! I have had so many wonderful and memorable experiences just in this past year! From Mountain Affair to crazy hiking adventures to Carter facilities team skate night to staying up until 3am having great conversations with my hall mates—it’s been a blast.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
I have really enjoyed taking Dr. Fikkert and Professor Corbett’s Theory of Community Development class this semester.

 

What made that class your favorite?
The professors are both incredible and they pack so much information into every class and their passion for community development work is contagious! Taking this particular class has humbled me and helped reshape my view on poverty, what it looks like to address it, and what it looks like to be living a Christ-centered life.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
I love, love, love my hall! I met these girls my first week of school and each of them have had a continuing impact on my life in various ways throughout this year. My particular hall this year had a really cool range of ages and majors. If I have this right, we have 7 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 6 freshmen. There is a smattering of majors ranging from Early Childhood Education to Community Development to Biology and many more. This group of girls (most of them returners to the hall) have welcomed me in since day one and have made me feel so loved and included.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
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.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Having Bryce (my older brother) here has honestly been the best part of this year for me. He has helped me navigate through classes, big decisions, and life in general. He has had a huge impact on me and so many other people over the course of his time here and he inspires me to pour into others’ lives like he has.

"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

"Corbett, Fikkert, Mask, and Wescher. While these professors are not the only reason I am at Covenant, they are a large part of it. When I heard them speak or had conversations with them before I was a student here, I knew that these were people that I wanted to learn from and be like. They love what they teach and their passion is contagious."
 - Beka Saylor '16