Student Profile: Daniel Madden '18

Daniel Madden

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Athens, Georgia

 

Major
History

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Founders, Blackwatch

 

Favorite place on campus
2nd Lobby

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
I first visited on a rainy day so I wasn't super excited about the campus after I left. I came back for a weekend and I really just loved the people here. They all seemed to love Covenant and I really wanted to be apart of a place that everyone is passionate about.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I first came up over Spring Break my Junior year of high school and wasn't super excited about it. For a while it was my last choice, but I still went through the process of Scholarship Weekend. After I had gone and stayed the night at the other schools I looked at I really just felt at ease about choosing Covenant. I can’t really say definitively why, but I chose Covenant and haven't regretted it.

 

How is Covenant unique?
The people who come here and stay truly love this place. When people from my high school heard where I was going to school they thought I was crazy. They hear being on top of a mountain 20 minutes from a city or a school that has chapel and bible classes and don't understand why I would want to go to Covenant. Covenant is unique because, for 1,000 other students, Covenant is a place that they want to be for bigger reasons than just wanting to go to a big school. The people around me love this place as much as I do and that is something about Covenant that you won’t find at many schools.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Crazy weather patterns.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
At the beginning of my sophomore year we were having a hall meeting one Sunday night and at the end of the meeting someone threw a soccer ball at someone else and it quickly turned into a random dodgeball war in our hallway at midnight.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
I just finished about Cultural History of the West Part II with Dr. Barham and it was awesome! I took it at the same time as Age of Europe, so while we were reading these documents, I was also learning about the history of the documents and the movements behind them which was super cool. I also really loved how Dr. Barham taught the class.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Like I said before, the guys that I live with want to be here and they want to make their time count here. I think this makes hall life uniquely close in terms of the relationships that you make. The guys that I have lived with have been some of the closest friends I have ever had.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
The history professors here are all so awesome and every class I have taken has been a great class. The history department has such great teachers and you really can’t go wrong with any of them.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
At the end Intro to History, Dr. Green gave us this real awesome speech about how being a historian is a huge responsibility and a great task to take up. It was one of the best memories I have of my time here and it really confirmed my desire to study history and teach it later.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
They are preparing me in two ways. First is the work ethic that I have had to adjust to. The amount of work you put into your education here is really preparing me to be successful when I am a teacher. They are also preparing me through showing students how to live out the gospel in daily life. Every day I am reminded of this whether that be on my hall, in a classroom, or staying up really late enjoying time with friends. I am reminded by my need of the gospel daily and this is something that will help me after college.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
They constantly push active church membership which is something that I didn't appreciate at first, but came to appreciate it throughout my first two years here. I think leaving Covenant and finding my own church to be a part of will be a natural transition because it is normal to me now.