Student Profile: Isaac Van Puffelen '18

Isaac Van Puffelen

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Savannah, Georgia

 

Major
History

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, Second South

 

Favorite place on campus
The first floor of the library. Why? John Holberg is always willing to talk with you about anything. You know what I’m saying. The library is a place for studying, but the first floor is also a place of fellowship – catching up with your friends, cracking jokes, or even contemplating whether you should take a Blink break with your friends.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
My mom was the first to attend Covenant by working her way through the summer MED program; she fell in love with the challenge of her classes, the caring nature of her professors, and the Christian emphasis in her program. She wanted all of her children to heavily consider Covenant, so I did. I knew that I wanted to attend Covenant since my sophomore year of high school. I always enjoyed visiting my sister on the mountain, hanging out with her friends, and exploring Chattanooga’s restaurant scene. I also fell in love with Covenant.

 

How is Covenant unique?
Covenant is unique in that it strives to train students to be well educated students with a firm foundation in Christian beliefs.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Amiable, Beautiful, Connected.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
O-Show was hilarious. As a freshman it is a great way to end orientation week, and as a returning student it is a great way to start the year.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
I enjoy Dr. Green’s Intro to History class because he presents history differently than my high school teachers did. During the first few classes we discussed what history is. Some people believe that history is what happened in the past or just a compilation of facts; but we defined history as the act of selecting, analyzing, and writing about the past. Dr. Green made me want to stay a history major.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Hall life is just like a family. You laugh together, fight each other, and even can enter into deep conversations with each other.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
As a history major I know that I will be trained to be a critical reader of texts and a critical writer. These two key tools with help me immensely throughout my professional career.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
A former hall mate of mine, Eben Mitchell, came in as a freshman with me and left after one semester; but he shaped who I have become today. He taught me to challenge the established order and do crazy things.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant emphasizes the idea of community. In the church we must live as the body of Christ, loving and caring for one another. Covenant equips its students with the knowledge of how to be intentional with others in order to foster community within the church.