Student Profile: Morgan Opgenorth '17

Morgan Opgenorth

 

Class Year
2017

 

Hometown
Flower Mound, TX

 

Major
Community Development

 

Concentration
Domestic

 

Minor
Spanish

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Off campus

 

Favorite place on campus
Barnes gym: where all the volleyball home games go down and where we won the conference championship this year!

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
I chose Covenant in large part because of its Community Development program, which is really unique to the college.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
After I stayed here a couple days over Scholarship Weekend talking to students and professors and learning about Community Development, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. The girls’ whose room I stayed in were super hospitable, and I loved seeing all the Bible verses and encouragements displayed throughout their room. I could tell this was a college where students could really learn about and experience God - and make lasting friendships.

 

How is Covenant unique?
I think that the college as a whole puts God first, and there is a seemingly infinite number of resources, both in people and in books, that I have here for spiritual growth.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Challenging, Life-giving, Gorgeous.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I’ve loved being an RA this year because I moved to another building, which allowed me to become friends with about twenty girls from my hall, the other RA’s in Founders, and a lot of other people from the building. This experience has expanded my view of Covenant as I’ve been able to meet so many new people and completely shift my social circle for a year. Instead of feeling lonely or overwhelmed, it’s been amazing to see God bless me through a completely new experience out of my comfort zone.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
The introductory Community Development course. Taught with passion and nuance, the whole class was a paradigm shift for me. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone! It made me so excited to faithfully serve God by serving the poor because I actually felt equipped to do it well.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
It’s actually really simple: people care about each other and it shows through the copious amounts of encouragement, laughter, prayer, deep conversations, and service on the hall.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
Community Development majors are required to do an internship that our professors find for us. It’s an amazing learning experience and I didn’t have to do a ton of searching to get an internship that was a good fit for me. It’s a major that’s really useless if we don’t get hands-on experience, and I think that’s something the professors encourage us to focus on.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
There are tons of classmates, roommates, friends, professors, and mentors who have impacted me here, but one that stands out is Professor Corbett (aka Mr. C). He’s challenged me to think through hard issues in class, but he’s also been consistently available to talk to me outside of class when I have questions about literally anything. I’m really thankful for him.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I’m growing up and maturing in a place that is rooting me in Christ so that when I graduate from Covenant, I will be assured of God’s faithfulness and love to me, a sinner, even more than I was when I stepped foot on this campus. Covenant is equipping me by teaching me the gospel day in and day out.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
The faculty and staff here have taught me about how scripture pertains to life so that I can share that knowledge with fellow believers in my church one day. And, of course, I think my Community Development experience will equip me to encourage my brothers and sisters to get involved in our community in effective ways.