Student Profile: Prescott Davis '17
Residence building and hall
Chamber singers, chapel music, orchestra, hiking, rockin’ out on the piano, church, and of course eating and sleeping.
Favorite place on campus
I may be a bit biased as an Andreas resident, but the yard in front of the building and the commons there has become my place of peace and engagement, while my room might be my fortress of solitude. Especially in the spring, the windowed walls make it quite enjoyable inside as well as out. Plus, the campus TV is right next-door for the desired study break.
Why did you choose Covenant?
At the time of my college search, Covenant really had the best to offer for me personally. See, I wasn’t entirely sure what direction I was headed in as far as careers went. I knew I liked math and science, and engineers make money, so, do a little addition and that seemed the best option. But, I was still skeptical.
Covenant’s Christian liberal arts program ultimately allowed me the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects and how they connect, teaching me to think and learn about many things, including myself. The dual-degree program with Georgia Tech was the cherry on top. Covenant allowed me, uncertain of where I was heading, to narrow that down while exploring all of God’s creation. Needless to say, when President Halvorson gave his intro lecture on “calling,” I knew I was in the right place.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Coming clear from Washington State (no, not Seattle) I only had the chance to visit campus once, and that was during scholarship weekend my senior year. Now, obviously the financial aid I earned in the process of that weekend certainly impacted my decision to come to Covenant, but more so was the devotion that the professors and students had to the Word. My discussion with Dr. Park in my interview really helped me realize how Christ really is preeminent in all things, even where society might tell us he’s not.
One of the more talked-about aspects of Covenant College is its location on Lookout Mountain, but my visit was timed perfectly with an ice storm, which stripped away a lot of the beauty and southern pleasures, while also cancelling many classes. In the end, my now sad, science-minded self could only visit courses on philosophy and community development. But, hearing how those professors were able to compellingly and powerfully integrate faith and learning in their lectures was probably the key turning point in realizing this was a place that would not only stretch me academically, but spiritually as well.
How is Covenant unique?
Umm, we’re on top of a mountain? That aside, I think that as a campus we’re all so well connected. The liberal arts program definitely plays a role there, but I think above all things the fellowship of believers and small size makes Covenant such a strongly connected community.
Describe Covenant in three words
Christ-centered, communal, challenging (see what I did there?)
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I remember freshman year, hanging out in the chapel, jammin’ on bass after jazz band, and this guy Chad Caroland comes up to me and asks if I want to be in his band. So, besides the automatic excitement from having an upperclassman reach out to me, this steam rolled into my getting to participate in Mountain Affair. I did talent shows in high school, but none compared to this. The gig was professionally produced, and the first rehearsal I remember thinking to myself, “Wait. Everyone’s good. Really good.” We didn’t end up winning, but I was so happy to be involved in that production, and play bass with the whole ensemble to Queen’s Somebody to Love. Getting able to reprise that experience sophomore year, and come out in third place, was easily one of the most memorable parts of college thus far.
What is your favorite class so far?
Old Testament Introduction with Dr. MacDougall
What made that class your favorite?
So there I was, an un-expecting freshman, dragging myself to my first class of the semester at 8 a.m. Now, I was a pastor’s kid, had a good grasp of the Old Testament stories, and was kind of going into the class with fairly low interests. So, when Dr. MacDougall started talking at a rate I didn’t think humanly possible and immediately dug into evolution, a topic I was fairly concerned about as Christian scientist, I knew it was gonna be a ride.
The whole course was a continual excavation into God’s word, and opened my eyes to so many things I’d never considered, and taught me how to read Scripture in a way I never had before. Looking back, that course, an intro to the Bible itself, prepared me to not only think critically, but think like a servant of the Lord in all his creation.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
It’s hard to say since each hall kind of has its own personality. Living on Bloodfield, one may say our floor’s identity on another campus might look something like the jock hall. While we do host some stellar athletes here, one thing I don’t think you’ll see halls at other schools doing is spending time every week together in prayer. In fact, I’m sure hall life outside Covenant really wouldn’t even consider this, or doing any other of the crazy things we do, from all-hall dates to hiking. So much of that community is owed to the fellowship of believers at Covenant.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
Math really is a channel to studying and understanding how orderly and creative our God is in His creation. It has a part to play everywhere, from music to economics to philosophy. People can gruel and whine about story problems, but they show how, in this world, God maintains and connects all things.
Even material in other courses, including the writings by Pascal and ideas of Augustine we all study in Culture Heritage of the West and Doctrine, show that God gives us reason to understand this world and revelation to understand His work in it. By His providence, nothing is outside His fatherly hand, and we can see that through mathematics in everyday life (Psalm 119).
Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
The summer before my freshman year here, I got an email from Dr. Scott Finch telling me he was looking forward to having me in the music department and was “praying for me by name.” That was pretty cool, and encouraging to someone who was about to move across the country. He ended up being crazier than I would have guessed, and is always an encouragement to his choir students, reflecting Christ’s love and teaching it through music.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Well, I don’t think finding a job will be any struggle. My professors are constantly reaching out to us with more and more work and internship opportunities. But aside from finding a career, I’m confident that my time here is preparing me not only be successful, but to use my skills to glorify God in all I do—there is no greater end.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
For starters, there are too many great churches in the Chattanooga area to not be able to get plugged in. At the same time, the faculty and staff here are also active and encouraging and helpful to students seeking involvement. For me personally, my piano teacher got me set up in music at my church, and even the coordinator of safety and security, Daniel Dupree, has gotten students involved in youth ministry.