Student Profile: Mark Paczewski '16

Mark Paczewski

 

Class Year
2016

 

Hometown
Richmond, VA

 

Major
Early Childhood / Elementary Education

 

Residence building and hall
Carter, Second South

 

Activities
Orientation team, core team, junior class committee, hanging out with hall-mates and friends, baseball, intramurals.

 

Favorite place on campus
My favorite place is up in the tower of Carter Hall. There is only one opportunity each semester to climb up to the tower, so being up there is a special opportunity. The view of the mountain and Chattanooga from up in the tower is unlike any other view on campus, and it is truly breathtaking.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
My best friends in high school had connections to Covenant and they recommended that I check out the College and consider applying, but throughout grade school I pictured myself attending a large, public college. It was not until my senior year that I considered Covenant, and after visiting I realized that there is a lot of benefit to having a smaller student-to-professor ratio, and saw the value of a Christian liberal arts education.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I did! Getting to meet current students and professors really helped me get a feel for what the Covenant community is really like, and it was impressive to see the passion they all had for the College. I felt like I was really welcomed!

 

How is Covenant unique?
On-campus life is a very unique aspect of Covenant College, but as a prospective student I did not realize how important that would be for me as a student. It takes me a while to transition into new surroundings, but from day one, I felt like I was “one of the guys.” I have been so blessed to have been placed where I was, and around such great individuals. One thing I am always impressed by is talking to Covenant alumni and how quick they are to reminisce on their time on their halls, and share stories about all the fun they have had.

 

Describe Covenant in three words
“You just can’t.” There are so many different ways to describe Covenant, and limiting it to just three words to me cannot capture everything that it can bring to the table.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Some of the best experiences have been at events run by Covenant’s campus activities board (CAB), especially my personal favorite event, ’80s Skate Night. They put on some fun events, and it has been a blast just having a good time with friends from the Covenant community and taking a break from academics for a little.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
Music, Art, & PE in Elementary School with Dr. Young

 

What made that class your favorite?
Dr. Young helped introduce ways to our class to implement aspects of music, art, and physical education into a classroom, and helped us see the benefits in promoting those three fields in elementary school settings. What was also enjoyable was not only getting to think about applying the lessons in classroom settings in hypothetical situations, but that we also got to try the activities we read and learned about ourselves and demonstrate to the class and the professor what we had learned.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Living on my hall with the guys I got to live with has helped me transition into college much easier, because they were extremely encouraging and supportive along the way. Some of my best friends are guys I have lived around over the past few years on my hall. Each hall has a life of its own and many of the residents will treat it like a family. I truly believe it is what you make of it, and hall life is not the only way to achieve friendship, find one’s niche, or gain support—there are so many different ways to get involved on campus with teams, clubs, and/or other extracurricular activities. I truly believe there is an outlet for everyone.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
The education department at Covenant College has really helped us prepare for teaching careers, and they provide us with many opportunities to work in classrooms along the way. I was able to work with a classroom as early as my freshman year. Being able to go into an elementary school classroom and utilize what we have learned in our classes has been extremely helpful for me to not only learn what I am studying, but also learn how to use it.

 

Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I think my professors here at Covenant College have really impacted me during my time here, but the positive influence my friends have had on my life during my time here has also been incredible. I am very grateful for all that they have done for me. They are guys that I have lived around for several years now here at Covenant. I know if I ever need help, they’ve got my back.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Each department here at Covenant aims to help students prepare for that next step. In my particular department, they design the course work to prepare you for the professional side of teaching, and they actively try to pursue ways to best equip us in our pursuit in becoming teachers in different settings. Covenant also has the Center for Calling & Career, which has the goal of connecting students and alumni to different opportunities, near or far.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
From day one, Covenant has encouraged students to try to find a church and to find a way to get involved. We are encouraged to find the right church for us, and not only will staff work hard with students to connect them to local churches, but other students will help as well. I do not think I have had to miss going to church on any Sunday, and that is important.