Student Profile: Haley Dempsey '17
Playing guitar with friends, reading, cooking and baking for other people, and my church small group.
Favorite place on campus
My favorite place on campus is the Great Hall, because it is a place where I work, can see a lot of friends, work on homework if I need to, and enjoy beautiful views.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant because I wanted to be in a place where I would be able to grow both spiritually and academically. At Covenant you don't have one or the other—you learn to view everything through the lens of Scripture. The primary reason I chose Covenant is because I saw that the College's motto, “In all things, Christ preeminent,” is pursued by administrations, faculty, staff, and students. I wanted to be a part of that. The community was something that also really stood out to me, and that is part of the way putting Christ first is pursued.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I did visit Covenant many times as a high school student. Doing so helped to give a better, fuller picture of what life at Covenant was really like. Each visit confirmed more and more that Covenant was a great fit for me.
How is Covenant unique?
Community is a big deal here. Other people I have talked to have expressed how at Covenant people are genuine in their care and love for each other. You see this in your relationships with the folks on your hall, classmates, at your job, or anywhere really. Covenant is a safe place. It is a place to learn, grown, and ask difficult questions in a biblically-sound environment. The community at Covenant is close knit and a body of Christ. When someone is hurting, the body hurts; when someone is rejoicing, we rejoice with them. I’m not saying Covenant is perfect, because it’s not, but it is a place where people love one another and are trying to be faithful to Christ in relationships.
Describe Covenant in three words
Creation. Fall. Redemption.
What has been one of your favorite experiences at Covenant so far?
I think one of my favorite experiences at Covenant has definitely been chapel, but I have especially loved the singing. I remember having a guest speaker here for chapel and him making the comment that he believes we are the best singing college in the country and that we must really believe what we were singing. I remember one time in particular when we were singing “In Christ Alone” and the music stopped on one verse and the singing was filled with such conviction and truth that it nearly shook the chapel. I love it when we come together as a community here at Covenant and lift our voices in song. It is like a small taste of what it will be like to be to sing God’s praises with his people for all of eternity.
What is your favorite class so far?
I have two: Intro to Teaching with Dr. Kaufmann and Living and Working in a Multi-Cultural Context with Professor Corbett.
What made those classes your favorite?
These classes have been my favorite because they have helped to make my worldview become practical in my life and not just abstract ideas. In both classes I have learned about people, how they are made in the image of God, and how that effects how I treat, interact with, and love all people well.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Halls at Covenant are tight-knit communities. They are the kind of places where you can always count on your sisters (or brothers on guys’ halls) to care about you and encourage you when you're down or have fun and grow closer when you're not. I think hall life, like the College as a whole, is really Christ-centered and someone will always be pointing you back to Him.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I love the diversity that I get with my major. Having three concentrations allows me to pull knowledge from broader areas of study to be more versatile. I love how well my concentrations fit together to fit my desire to work in America in the kitchens of non-profits. My major gives me the ability to take my passions and put them together in an integrated way.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
There have been so many people who have impacted me in so many different ways. One of them who has had a tremendous influence on my thinking about the career I want to go into (working in the culinary industry) has been Dr. Kaufmann. We had so many discussions both in class and outside of class about people and how they are made in the image of God and how I should be encouraging people to experience their humanity to the fullest as God intended. Even after I decided for sure that I did not want to pursue teaching, Dr. Kaufmann was still willing to invest in me and we had great conversations that have changed the way I view my work in the culinary industry. I learned from him how “food is more than just an intake of calories” but rather that it is “a foretaste of future glory.” If I had never come to Covenant I more than likely would have discovered my passion for food and cooking, but if I had not come to Covenant and met Dr. Kaufmann I wouldn't view my work in the industry with the same depth and lasting eternal effect.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is preparing me to think biblically and critically about life and whatever field I go into. Practically, I have professors who are professionals in their fields who I am able to learn from to prepare me to be effective once I leave school. I think one of the most important lessons that I am learning at Covenant is to depend on God and that he is at the center of everything that I do, and so I am learning to live a life that is pleasing to him and trust him for wherever he might take me.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is preparing me and encouraging me even now, while I am in school, to be a member of a local church and they are helping me learn what it means to serve other people and know what my gifts and talents are. While Covenant is a Christian community, it is not the church and the school knows that and encourages students not to become slack in their involvement with the church.