Student Profile: Tindol Pate '19

Tindol Pate

 

Class Year
2019

 

Hometown
Tuscaloosa, AL

 

Majors
Economics, Philosophy

 

Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, 3rd North

 

Favorite place on campus
The hidden trail that runs right behind Carter. It’s the absolute perfect place for night walks!

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
I realized that the college years are particularly formative; you figure out who you are, who you want to be, what you believe, how you look at the world. I wanted to spend those years in an environment that would challenge but also nurture me, that would ask me hard questions but always turn me back to the Gospel. And so Covenant was the obvious choice!

 

Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I visited Covenant my sophomore year of High School (overachiever maybe?). But I wasn’t smitten until I visited in my senior year. Sitting in on classes, I was inspired by the lectures and discussions - I wanted to learn from these professors, to know them, and be able to ask them questions about economics, philosophy, or just life in general!

 

How is Covenant unique?
Covenant’s overarching goal is to train men and women to be followers of Christ. Every class, assignment, activity, relationship is honed to make students useful tools in God’s kingdom. And with this eternal perspective, we are better students, teachers, and friends.

 

Describe Covenant in three words.
Personal, challenging, encouraging

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
My very first Chapel service. The whole student body gathered together singing our college hymn “All for Jesus”. Together as brothers and sisters in Christ, we raised our voice singing, “since my eyes were fixed on Jesus, I’ve lost sight of all beside; so enchained my spirit’s vision, looking at the Crucified.” And I think it was a glimpse of heaven.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
It’s a tie between Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. I rave to my roommates “Economics is the coolest” after every class! Both of the professors were so passionate (and highly qualified) about the subject and about sharing that passion with the students. I left class each day with a better understanding of the world and how it works!

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Two things: 1) because you live on a hall with freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, as lower classmen, you basically get on-campus big sisters! It’s a community of people intentionally learning from and loving on one another! 2) Living with your best friends is kind of the best thing ever. Midnight movies, spontaneous adventures, and just living life together!

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
Economics penetrates every aspect of life. It’s not just about money, but about individual people flourishing in society. Behind every graph and equation and theory are people with stories to tell. That’s why I love it; it’s math with a personal twist.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I was placed with three complete strangers at the beginning of the year. We were supposed to share a room and I was just hoping there would be as little conflict as possible. But I am now honored to call my three roommates my closest friends on campus. We challenge, encourage, and walk alongside one another. They by far have had the greatest impact on me.

 

How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I am completely confident that I will leave Covenant fully equipped to join the workforce or apply to grad school. But far greater than that, Covenant is preparing me to be a faithful follower of Christ equipped to further His kingdom. Whether I end up working for a corporation or flipping burgers, I will have learned to work heartily as unto the Lord knowing that it brings Him glory.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is filling me with a great desire to be part of God’s work in the world and constantly pointing me to the church as the best avenue to pursue this.