Student Profile: Connor Castillo '15
Orange County, CA
Residence Hall and Floor
Skiing, surfing, climbing, varsity Soccer, and I really like eating out.
Favorite place on campus
Honors received at Covenant
Maclellan & Leadership scholarship
Why did you choose Covenant?
Covenant College had a genuine Christian community that I could not find anywhere else. I wanted a college that not only had this community, but also would challenge me academically while incorporating Christ. After doing research and talking to students, I realized that Covenant takes its academics very seriously and teaches from a Christian worldview.
How is Covenant unique?
Like I said, the community makes Covenant very unique. For example, I live on a hall named the Ghetto. On this hall for the first time in my life, I have experienced a brotherhood unified through Christ. Covenant’s community is unique in the way that two people you would never see hanging out with each other anywhere else might be best friends at Covenant. The love for Christ radiates through this campus, and anyone could truly feel at home here. And, even though you are comfortable, you are still being theologically challenged by your peers. There are always debates and discussions sharpening the students in their beliefs and doctrine.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I am not sure if it was my favorite or the most ridiculous experience, but my hall made thousands of posters, a cake, and other shenanigans and created a campus wide day named Connor Castillo Day. On a more serious note, one of my favorite memories is when two of my friends and I walked to Rock City on Covenant’s Day of Prayer, and prayed for each other while the sun was coming up.
What is your favorite class, and why?
Although I am a biology major, my first year consisted of taking core classes. At first, I did not know what to think about a liberal arts education, but I found all of the teachers to be very passionate about all of the classes they taught. The class that stood out the most was my African American history class. Dr. Jackson made the class very exciting and we went on a field trip to all of the surrounding museums regarding civil rights, and that field trip will always be special to me.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I would say that many people have had a huge impact on my life since I have been at Covenant. Coming in to college as a freshmen is a daunting and exciting thing. It’s very common for freshmen to become best friends and help each other get through it. However, it was different for me, because Shuler Polk ’14, who is one year ahead of me, allowed me to room with him and two other sophomores, Matthew Hudnut ’14 and Alex Carter ’14. The relationship I had with them never made me feel lesser. They would constantly go out of their way to make sure I was doing alright, we would always pray for each other, and, of course, we had some crazy roomie times! Even though Shuler and I are polar opposites and he is a year older than I am, he has become like a brother to me. He has shown me what it means to be a Christ-like and loyal friend. He pushes me when I need to be pushed, he’s not scared to call me out, and he can always be himself in every situation.
What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
It all depends on what day it is. On Sundays I love waking up early and looking out the window of the Great Hall and getting ready for church, on weekdays I love the night, when there are all sorts of exciting things happening on the hall, and a Saturday afternoon of climbing, caving or whatever is hard to beat.
What are your post-graduation plans?
I'm planning on getting my master's either for environmental law or management of environmental organizations from the University of Michigan.
How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
This liberal arts education is not only preparing me for my life in the field of science, but it is also preparing me to be an overall well educated member of society.