Student Profile: Tara Thompson '18

Tara Thompson

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Morganton, NC

 

Major
Biology

 

Concentration
Health Professions

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Founders Hall, Jungle

 

Favorite place on campus
My bed, because sleep is a priceless treasure! Also, I love Mills lobby at sunset because the colored light literally floods through the tall windows.

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
Being interested in the sciences, I really wanted a college that would incorporate Christ into the study of His creation. Also, Covenant seemed to have a big personality wrapped up in its small size and I really loved that. Honestly, I was entranced the moment I walked into Carter Lobby because I felt like I had walked into a medieval storybook.

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I visited Covenant both as a previewer and to visit friends of mine who were current students; each time, I was impacted by the friendly small-college feel. In many ways I was scared stiff to even think about college as a high school student because that was obviously for people older, cooler, and more mature than me. But in all my interaction with the students and staff at Covenant, I always felt like they genuinely wanted me to be part of their community.

 

How is Covenant unique?
There are many sides to Covenant and I believe this is due to the plethora of diverse and quirky personalities that have found their way here. Plus, you can be friends with all of them if you just take the time to appreciate their differences. This was really cool to me. Leaky windows, foggy winters, Enos, Chacos, and spike ball on the lawn are also things about which Covenant students like to joke.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Loyal. Sanctifying. Intentional.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Honestly, it is not the planned events but the spontaneous gatherings of students that are the most fun. Walking out of my room at 11:30pm and finding ten girls sitting in the hallway laughing their heads off. Studying late in someone’s room and getting to see their slap-happy side. Cramming eight people into a car meant to hold five to go three minutes down the road. These are the things you remember.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
Principles of Sociology with Professor Robinson. I have enjoyed most of my classes at Covenant but this was one that I did not anticipate liking as much as I did. It was fascinating to learn how the notes I took in class were applicable to life as I saw it around me.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
There is a sense of identity tied to your hall, but one that you can choose to either embrace or not because it truly is created by the residents of the hall. The most amazing thing about hall life is that it is a group of people you are always welcome with even though you all have different backgrounds and personalities.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I love the practicality of biology. When I learn about the human body, I can see and feel the things that I am studying. Also, I almost laughed out loud when I found a condition that I have in my anatomy textbook.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
My RA in my freshman year really loved me well and challenged me by her example to love and serve those around me even when I was feeling lonely or out of place.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I am learning how to interact intentionally and lovingly with those around me, to find time for the things that matter most, to be okay with the fact that I will always fail people, to fight for excellence but not perfection, to not be afraid to ask for help, and to evaluate a waterfall of ideas without drowning.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
The church is the body of Christ and we cannot grow apart from her, even though this is what our individualistic culture wants us to think. Covenant has reinforced this need for others and also the priceless nature of service.