Student Profile: Beka Saylor '16

Beka Saylor


Class Year


Knoxville, TN


Community Development and Economics


Residence Hall and Floor
Carter, Third South


Resident Assistant, Triathlon Club, Economics Club


Favorite place on campus
Carter lawn. I love it when people are outside enjoying good weather and enjoying each other. It’s just a joyful place to be.


Honors received at Covenant
Economics & Community Development Scholarship, Dean’s List


Why did you choose Covenant?
Community development. I had actually already paid my housing deposit at another school, but I ended up coming to campus preview weekend purely to be with some of my friends that were coming. When I heard about community development that weekend, I was convinced that’s what I wanted to do. When I got home I called the other school to get my housing deposit back, and the rest was history.


How is Covenant unique?
There is no way I can fully express exactly how special this place is. Some days I walk around campus just thinking how grateful I am to be here. Not only does God’s goodness and glory shine through his creation on this mountain, but it also shines through the people he has brought to Covenant. We are by no means perfect, but the relationships you find here are really special.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I really love homecoming weekend. From Jazz on the Overlook to soccer games to the Highland Games, the weekend is filled with fun events. It’s a really great weekend.


What is your favorite class so far?
Community Development 300 – Living and Working in a Multicultural Context


What made that class your favorite?
This class radically changed the way I think about a lot of things. We talked a lot about racism, and that caused me to ask a lot of hard questions that I haven’t asked before. Professor Corbett is really great at giving us the space to think about these difficult issues and sharing his experiences in a way that guides us towards truth. It’s just a good class, and you should take it.


What are some things you enjoy about your major(s)?
Corbett, Fikkert, Mask, and Wescher. While these professors are not the only reason I am at Covenant, they are a large part of it. When I heard them speak or had conversations with them before I was a student here, I knew that these were people that I wanted to learn from and be like. They love what they teach and their passion is contagious.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Jaclyn Stuart. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who makes me laugh as much as she does. We have been roommates since freshman year, and somehow we still get along. She’s seen me at my worst, and she still loves me. The Lord truly blessed me when he put us together. She’s a rock star.


What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
I love it when classes let out in the afternoon and there’s time to just be with people. Whether it’s conversations in the Great Hall, or playing Spikeball on the lawn, it’s a great time of day to take a break from schoolwork and enjoy people.


What are your post-graduation plans?
That’s a great question. I would really love to go straight into overseas missions, but I don’t know what the Lord has planned. I’m currently looking at doing a two-year missionary training program soon after graduation, but anything could happen!


How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is shaping the way I think—the way I think about God, the way I think about the world, and the way I think about the people around me. I will graduate from Covenant with degrees in economics and community development, but I will also graduate with new perspectives on grace, on community, on trials, and I’m sure on many other things that I have yet to learn.