Student Profile: Daniel Sluis '16
Spanish, Education, Missions
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter, 5th South
Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, napping, and camping.
Favorite place on campus
The Overlook as a storm is rolling in.
Honors received at Covenant
Why did you choose Covenant?
I was introduced to Covenant as a child through youth trips and family visits, and ever since then I knew that Covenant was where I wanted to attend college. I chose Covenant because it is such a great mixture of rigorous yet enjoyable classes, people who love the Lord and challenge you in your walk with God, faculty and staff that will do anything to benefit you and help you excel, and beautiful mountain views with the city only a short drive away.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant is one-of-a-kind because of the people. All the folks who are involved with Covenant are what make this college the wonderful place that it is. The community formed between hallmates and classmates is like no other, and has definitely been my favorite part.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Every fall break I have gone backpacking on the Appalachian Trail with most of my roommates. Those trips have been so strengthening for our relationships and have been such a blast. Getting off campus and hiking through the Appalachians with buds is always a plus, too.
What is your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far has definitely been T.I.P.S. (Teaching In a Pluralistic Society).
What made that class your favorite?
It was such a hard semester enduring the readings, projects, and papers for that class, but through homework, the lectures, and the challenging discussions, I learned so much about how to be diversity-minded while teaching. Though the class is focused on educating children, the topics that were raised really encouraged me to broaden my worldview and place aside hidden biases within myself.
What are some things you enjoy about your major(s)?
I have enjoyed learning how children process and learn material through my education courses, learning Spanish and developing that skill through my Spanish courses, and how to serve others well through the missions and community development classes.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
That’s a hard question to pin down on one person, but I would say that my roommates have had the greatest impact on me. They’re the best dudes a dude could ask for. They’ve shown me a lot about life, and they’ve caused me to grow out of my cocoon and blossom into the beautiful butterfly I never thought I could be. Shout out to my boys.
What’s your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
SUNRISE. I have early classes almost every day so I typically wake up before or during the sunrise. On crisp spring mornings, I put our window up, make a pot of coffee, listen to the birds, and watch the sunrise.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Ideally, I would love to be a missionary to a Spanish speaking country and teach children. However, I am completely flexible and open to what the Lord has in store.
How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is continuing to teach me how to work hard, to strive for more in life, to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living, to apply what I learn to life situations, to be a loving friend, to roll with the punches, and to praise God in all things.