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Student Profile: Chris Marshall '14

Covenant College Student Profile Chris Marshall

Class Year


Santiago, Chile


International Studies
Political Studies

Residence Hall and Floor
Blackwatch, Founders

Hanging out with friends, studying, eating good food, watching movies, valet parking, Sunday school volunteering, Starbucks runs, CAB volunteer, driving on the mountain and Chattanooga, 2012 O-Team leader, and language lab assistant.


Favorite place on campus
The campus is just beautiful and I feel like everyone always says the Overlook, but I actually really like Jackson. Random, I know; I don’t spend a lot of time there but it’s such an “unseen” part of campus, full of really cool talent, and a great place to study.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant because I really wanted professors who clearly showed the Gospel shaping their lives. Going into the political arena, this is essential in forming my educational path, and God kept opening doors to come here. I originally planned on coming for just one year, but God knew differently and I loved it too much to leave.


How is Covenant unique?
I think Covenant is most unique in that it has faculty and staff that are so willing to be helpful and caring about their students. These are professionals who could clearly be making more money teaching somewhere else, but decide to come and be part of a vision that they believe to be God-glorifying and because of that, there is no better learning environment.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Probably Move-in Day this year, as I was able to help out with O-team. Helping new students move into a place that has become home for me and that I’m convinced will be the same for them, knowing that they will come to love this community like I do, that experience was pretty cool.


What is your favorite class, and why?
My favorite class at Covenant has been Community Development 210 with Corbett and Fikkert. It is a phenomenal class and should definitely be made into a mandatory core class for everyone at Covenant. It really just shatters your way of looking at things (in a good way) and allows you to learn about something you would have never learned about otherwise. Currently though, I’m taking “Cultural Heritage of the West” from Davis, which is just fantastic.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Two people pop into my head almost immediately, the first being my freshman year RA, Dave Connis ’11. Though he may not realize this, he was key in making me feel at home my freshman year at college. He was an example in his Christian walk and really taught me what humility looks like on a day to day basis.
Secondly, Julie Moore has had an impact on me just by being a person who cares and takes time to know you. I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who remembers things as well as Julie or who cares as much as she does. She has really encouraged me through the past two years to get involved on campus and to seek out opportunities that are life-giving. She’s truly amazing .


What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
Lunch. Food brings people together. Some may beg to differ about Chartwell’s, but I love being in the Great Hall and catching up with people about their lives in the “menutainment line” or clustered around a tiny table that should only seat four, but actually has nine chairs around it. It’s a great time.


What are your post-graduation plans?
I want to go to grad school for international relations, and hopefully get another language under my belt. I’d also like to get married and live somewhere in Europe or South America for a while.


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is allowing me to dedicate four years to friendships that will hold throughout my life and that I will cherish always. But it is also allowing me to see a Biblical framework in everything that I study, and how to employ a Christian worldview that will guide my decisions and paths through life. I am convinced that I will use the tools I have learnt here in all areas of my life, whether it be work, academics, or with friends and family.



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