Student Profile: Kateland Godat '19

Kateland Godat

 

Class Year
2019

 

Hometown
Memphis, TN

 

Major
Community Development

 

Minor
Missions

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Maclellan, Chi Alpha

 

Favorite place on campus
Covenant’s campus is so beautiful it's hard to pick a favorite, but I guess I’ll have to say the Crater. I go there sometimes and read or do schoolwork. It’s also a great place to run into friends and see people walking to and from class. Another favorite is the back of the chapel when no one is in there. It’s peaceful there and you can sit and ponder about life.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
It’s funny because I never wanted to go to a Christian college. I had gone to a Christian high school and was fed up with the double lives that people led there. I wanted to go somewhere where people were genuine about what they believed and how they lived. I had no plans of even visiting a Christian college, but my sister had gone to the Edge, which is this kid’s camp that meets at Covenant during the summer, and loved it. She begged me to visit Covenant when touring colleges. I went in to appease her, expecting never to return, but during the tour, I just felt drawn to the school. I could tell that everything my tour guide was saying was truly what he believed. Right there, I felt like God was telling me to come to Covenant, and throughout the following months of decision making, I became sure of it. And so here I am.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Yes, I toured while looking at colleges and loved it, and I also came for scholarship weekend, which was a completely different experience. I got to meet some awesome people while I was here and have some really great conversations which solidified my decision to come here.

 

How is Covenant unique?
I would say Covenant is unique just by how genuine people here are about their faith.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Genuine, Beautiful, Community.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I loved 80’s skate night! Dancing is my favorite, and 80’s music is freaking awesome. It’s a really fun, chill night and you get to dress all crazy. It’s so fun!

 

What is your favorite class so far?
Missions Methods and Problems. It was the first time I had ever taken a class on missionary life. It really taught me a lot about missions and how it’s not this fairytale adventure that people expect it to be. People expect missionaries to be perfect people with perfect adventurous lives, but sometimes you’re just a regular fallen person doing the average daily activities, and that’s okay. I also took this class with one of my friends, and it was great to be able to talk with her and be challenged by these new ideas together.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
It’s great to have a built in group of friends the moment you step on campus. Those girls are there for you from the very beginning. The upperclassmen are there for you in anything to help you out or show you around. I love my hall this year. We have all gotten super close, and I can count on them for anything. I remember sitting in a hall meeting and thinking how unconditionally this diverse group of girls loved each other and how hard a group like that is to find.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I really enjoy the people in my major. They all have a desire to help people and make a difference that I greatly admire. I also have greatly enjoyed learning a completely different way to help people than what I had always been taught. I love learning about how Jesus cares not only about the soul but about every part of our lives.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I think the people I have been most influenced by are my three roommates. We are all very different from each other, and we balance each other out well. They are all a lot more diligent in their studies than I am, and they have inspired me to be a better a harder working student. They are trustworthy, loyal, and have drawn me closer to the Lord.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is preparing me to be active in my faith and to do everything in my life for the glory of Him. It’s preparing me with answers about my faith and why I believe what I believe. Also getting a degree helps.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant really focuses on community and being active in the local church. I think Covenant has given me a new found love for the local church. I’ve come to realize how important it is to be involved in church because where God’s people gather to worship Him, God’s very presence is there.