Student Profile: Marijke Griffin '18
Residence building and hall
Carter Hall, 4th South
Hiking, hammocking, camping, intramural sports, playing games and watching movies with friends, and I LOVE meeting new people.
Favorite place on campus
Anywhere outside on a nice day, especially the chapel lawn and Carter lawn. I also love the Great Hall during meal times, because it’s a great time for fellowship and it’s fun to see everyone taking a break from their busy schedules to sit down and have a meal with friends.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I have wanted to go to Covenant since I was in 6th grade. I went to a private Christian school my entire life and I enjoyed the fact that we were all like family. I knew I wanted to go to a smaller school that felt like a family and put Christ first in everything. I love how friendly and kind people are at Covenant. I knew that Covenant was a rigorous school so I would get a great, Christ-centered education at Covenant.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I visited Covenant for the fall Campus Preview Weekend my senior year. I was considering Covenant at that point, but I was not 100% sure I wanted to attend Covenant. When I visited, everyone was so friendly and kind and I could see that God was working through Covenant. I knew that I would be challenged to grow spiritually and mentally if I attended Covenant, and I knew Covenant was where God wanted me to be.
How is Covenant unique?
When I visited larger schools, I felt like I was just another nameless student on campus. When I visited Covenant, I felt like I was a person and that people wanted to get to know me. Covenant is a family; we are not just names on a page. People will go out of their way to help each other out on Covenant’s campus. The professors at Covenant work to get to know their students and they are very willing and ready to help students in whatever way they can. The community truly shows that people here are working to glorify God in all that they do.
Describe Covenant in three words
Exciting, family, loving.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I have had so many great experiences at Covenant, so that’s a hard question. I think my favorite experience at Covenant has just been getting to know so many great people. I have met and become friends with people who, when I first came to Covenant, I would have never imagined being friends with. Without all the wonderful people I’ve met, nothing I’ve done at Covenant would have been the same. There are so many ways I’ve been blessed by everyone I know, even those I don’t know very well, and it’s great to know that no matter where I go or what I do, I have made friends who will still care for me and show God’s love to me.
What is your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far has been Introduction to New Testament with Professor Hutchinson.
What made that class your favorite?
The subject matter and the professor have made this class my favorite. Professor Hutchinson is a fantastic teacher. He is a very interesting teacher and it is obvious that he truly loves Jesus and enjoys teaching us about Jesus’ life. The New Testament is interesting subject matter because it is fundamental to Christianity, but a lot of Christians probably don’t understand it as well as they might think. I love learning about Jesus’ life and ministry and the history behind His life. I have learned so many new things about the New Testament in this class, things that I would have never given a second thought to if I hadn’t taken this class with Professor Hutchinson.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Covenant halls are unique because there are no freshmen dorms. I think this creates a better community in which to live and learn. Having older girls on my hall who are firmly grounded in their faith and know what they are doing at school has helped me a lot this year. I know that I can call on any girl on my hall and they will be there for me. My hall is my second family and I am so thankful for each and every girl that I have gotten to know better by living on my hall.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I really enjoy reading and analyzing literature of any kind, but I especially love classic literature and poems. I also love writing, and I’ve really enjoyed the papers I’ve gotten to write since coming to Covenant.
Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
That’s a tough question, because I can’t pick just one. My roommate Kate and my friend Emma have had the greatest impact on me since I came to Covenant. I met them on move-in day, and I knew immediately that we would be great friends. They are two of the kindest, most encouraging people I have ever met. They are always there for me and encourage me when I am feeling overwhelmed or confused. I go to them for advice before anyone else. They both have a great outlook on life and remind me constantly that God has a plan for my life and is working through everything in my life for His glory. As well as encouraging me and loving me with a Christ-like love, they encourage me to try new things and to go out of my comfort zone (in a good way) and are not afraid to tell me how I am sinning and love me in that way. They are truly wonderful people and I am so thankful that God brought them into my life.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Covenant is equipping me to live a life full of Christlike love when I graduate. I am learning how to view the world from a Christian worldview and how to love everyone I encounter with God’s love. I am learning how to go into the world and look for Christ in every aspect of life and everything I do.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I have grown a lot in my faith since I came to Covenant. I have had to work through a lot of things that I didn’t expect to be a struggle when I came to Covenant. Through the struggles and also the good things I have experienced at Covenant, I have become a stronger Christian. Along with growing me in my faith, Covenant is teaching me how to show God’s love for others and how to be a leader in a Christian community.