Student Profile: Peter Codington '18

Peter Codington

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Dali, China

 

Major
International Studies

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, Fifth South

 

Favorite place on campus
I have several, but in general I love the chapel, just because it is so quiet, peaceful, and beautiful. It is to me both a physical and spiritual resting place.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
Covenant is one of my homes because of my family history here. Of all the places my family has traveled to, Covenant has been the one to which we all have returned. It also has everything I wanted in a school, including Christ-­centered beliefs and values and a strong Christian community.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I did not visit Covenant as a high school student, but visited it many times before then when my older siblings were students. Because of those visits, Covenant always seemed like the place I should go. All of my siblings before me have gone and always told me wondrous stories of their experiences. I didn’t know how I could stay away.

 

How is Covenant unique?
Covenant strives to be Christ-­centered in word and deed, far more than is commonly seen in other people and institutions; it is led by incredibly selfless and servant­-hearted faculty and staff. In all things Covenant seeks to be salt and light, set apart for Christ’s glorification and preeminence.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
All for Jesus

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
It’s hard for me to give one experience that would do justice to all the great things I’ve been able to be involved in at Covenant, particularly with my hall. My first semester, though, we did host a hall banquet and each set of roommates chose dates for each other. Then, using our limited hall funds, we attempted to prepare an elaborate dinner with all of our expertise in grocery shopping, cooking, and food preparing (note the sarcasm). Overall, it was a success, and several of us agreed it was our favorite hall event.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
I think I would say Living and Working in a Multicultural Context with Professor Corbett (Mr. C) has been my favorite class so far. In this class, Mr. C taught us about different cultures and the ways that they interact with each other. It was in this class that I finally was able to understand my own multicultural background and understand why I am the way that I am. Having lived in three countries on three continents, I have learned to adapt to various cultures and this adaptation has made me different from almost everyone I’ve ever met. I think differently, act differently, and respond to people and situations differently from others. However, I was never able to explain these differences I knew I had, ­­that is, until I took Mr. C’s class, in which he walked my classmates and I through the myriad facets of cultures.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Each guy on my hall makes hall life unique. Each one of us comes from different backgrounds with different experiences and stories. And yet, despite the differences, we are able to love each other and grow together.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I have not yet found my major, but I have immensely enjoyed taking classes from different professors of different departments, hearing them speak on topics that they love. It’s true, there is value in trying new things. [Peter decided on INS this semester, so at the time he was in the process of switching]

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Again, I cannot fully answer this question and include everyone that applies, as there are a number of answers I could give. However, one of the most influential people in my life at Covenant has been Evan Marbury. As the RD of Carter Hall, he had an incredibly prominent and draining position. However, even though he had great responsibilities, he still took time to get to personally know those of us in Carter. He would visit my hall and ask each of us about specific events in our lives, and would encourage us spiritually. He related to us and uplifted us, putting others before himself. In all he does, he strives to live like Christ. It has been an honor getting to know him, and I desire to live as selflessly as he lives.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Above all, Covenant has been encouraging me to pursue Christ and His will, whether in academics or in community. Covenant has taught me that I must protect and invest the talents God has given me, and use them for His glory, rather than for my own glory. In encouraging me in these ways, Covenant has helped me see the value in wise habits such as working and studying hard and serving others. I exist for Christ’s service and the service of others. All that I do in life must fall under one of those two categories. In this sense, the major I will choose is not as important, as long as I am doing Christ’s will. If I put Christ first, as Covenant has been teaching me to do, I do not have to worry about what specifically comes after graduation. He must lead, and I must follow.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is equipping me for active membership in the church by teaching me what it means to live a Christ-­like life and what it means to be a part of Christ’s Church. Christians exist as one body, and therefore must serve and love each other in the same way that Christ loves us. God created us to be in community, as He himself noted in the Garden of Eden when He said it was not right for Adam to be alone. In each of the classes offered at Covenant, the professors teach how we ought to use what we learn for the service of God, in whatever we do, but also in the church. Since being at Covenant, I have learned that I have been gifted with specific skills and talents of which I must be a good steward. This stewardship involves seeking out areas in my local church in which I could help and support, to the best of my ability. Our job on earth is to serve, not just other people in general, but fellow believers in our churches. The Church (which includes our local churches) is the family of Christ, and must therefore never be neglected by any of us.