Student Profile: Grace Buys '19
Residence Hall and Floor
Favorite place on campus
The Overlook on a clear spring night.
Why did you choose Covenant?
My two older sisters both attended Covenant, and they both loved it. Their experiences with professors and friends had given me a good look into the depth of Covenant’s mission. I knew from many visits and stays on campus that this was the place I wanted to be.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I visited Covenant several times throughout high school to see my sisters. These visits were always fun and made me love Covenant’s campus. I also made official visits for Preview Weekend and Scholarship Weekend. Because I had wanted to come to Covenant for so long, these visits validated my feelings. During each of my visits I felt welcomed by the community at Covenant, and began to see that “In all things Christ preeminent” was not a phrase without meaning at this college.
How is Covenant unique?
The education at Covenant is built on a rock solid foundation. The professors and staff here are truly seeking to stand firm on the teachings of the Bible and to live out their faith. Everyone in Covenant’s community is striving together to grow in our relationship with and our understanding of God.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Beautiful. Challenging. Friendly.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Getting to know the girls on my hall has been my favorite experience at Covenant. Making pancakes, having a bonfire, going stargazing... all of these little things have made Covenant so much more like home, and I have been so blessed to become closer with some of the girls on my hall.
What is your favorite class so far?
Physical Science with Dr. Zuidema. While this was one of the toughest classes for me during my freshman year, the people in this class made it a time that I looked forward to. Dr. Zuidema began almost every class period by reading a question and answer from the Westminster Shorter Catechism, which I really enjoyed. While Science is not my fondest subject, it blew me away to think about God’s awesome love for his creation and people each time I entered into science class. Dr. Zuidema’s undeniable love for the Lord, and his concern for students made the classroom a comfortable and exciting place. Through this class, I grew in knowledge and love for God, science, and others.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
At Covenant, your hall is your home, and the people on your hall are your family. Oftentimes there are hall events, and there is always someone to talk to.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
Because I am currently undecided, I have been able to take a lot of Core classes. This has made me appreciate the wide range of knowledge that a private liberal arts college offers. It has also given me an appreciation of a variety of fields of study. I have been learning that the Core at Covenant is not a burden but a privilege.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
After being at Covenant for one year, I have already been impacted by so many incredible people. However, the person who has impacted me most is Emma Gorman who was the Discipleship Coordinator of my hall during my first year. She was my next door neighbor and has been a great friend and example to me. Her love for the Lord is clearly evident in her humble leadership style and her kind, fun, and gentle personality. She has been a huge blessing to me and to the girls on our hall, and I am so thankful for her.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Because Covenant is a private liberal arts college, I will not only receive a very solid education about the major that I pursue, but the Core classes will allow me to have a broader base of knowledge. Covenant will also give me so much more than a good education; living at Covenant will give me a better understanding of how to love my neighbors well.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant pushes students to find a church that they will faithfully attend and be involved in for their four years at Covenant. Chapel attendance gives us the opportunity to regularly worship as a community, but students are encouraged not to let this replace regular church attendance. The education offered here also encourages us to use our gifts to honor God and to further his kingdom.