Student Profile: Zariah DeSilva '18
Bermuda, Hamilton Parish
Residence building and hall
Di Cafe Club, member of New City Fellowship Church.
Favorite place on campus
Balcony on Founders
Why did you choose Covenant?
To be perfectly honest, I did not discover Covenant until I browsed through “Christian colleges” in Google’s search engine. Upon discovering their webpage, it was clear that there was something special about the college. It was so evident that Christ was integrated within every single aspect of the College: academics, student life, and even classrooms. I chose Covenant simply because I knew that this was a place where the presence of Jesus shone so brightly. Some say that this was a risky approach in finding a college but I would like to think it was God's sovereignty.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Fortunately, I was able to visit the campus before arriving when I was a senior in high school. This visit was extremely helpful, in that I was able to experience what it would really be like as a Covenant Scot. Feeling confident about the decision to attend Covenant definitely came after visiting the beautiful campus. The small size, beautiful scenery, and friendly people were definitely factors that assisted me in making this decision to attend. I strongly recommend it!
How is Covenant unique?
There is something quite unique about Covenant, in that their motto “In all things Christ preeminent” is actually taken seriously, and heavily infused within their educational approach. Covenant College not only claims to be a “Christian college,” but also meets this goal by ensuring that students receive a concrete education on a strong biblical foundation. Covenant’s emphasis is on Christ, and that’s what truly makes the college uniquely beautiful.
Describe Covenant in three words
Challenging, supportive, cohesive.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
My favorite experience at Covenant would have to be watching “Mountain Affair,” which is an event where the students of Covenant share their talents and perform in front of their student body. This is the highlight of Covenant’s campus life, when the displaying of different gifts and talents are given the attention they deserve.
What is your favorite class so far?
My favorite class so far would have to be Introduction to Philosophy, with Dr. Wingard.
What made that class your favorite?
This class caused me to grow spiritually. Philosophy, as a discipline being taught from a biblical perspective, only made me realize how dependent on God I should be in the quest for meaning, truth, and wisdom. Although challenging, Intro to Philosophy highlighted the importance of why knowing the ultimate Creator impacts how we think about the existence, and purpose of life. It was a friendly reminder that in exploring universal questions, God’s Word should not be left out, but left open as a guide.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Hall life at Covenant is extremely unique, simply because you are surrounded by unique people all traveling on the “straight and narrow” Christian journey. Hall Life at Covenant provides incoming students with much excitement with the help of: laughter, food, Netflix, prayer, and mystery dates! Because you are surrounded by your brothers and sisters in Christ, and are constantly encouraged ALL the time, hall life becomes so special. Students are ready to support you, both spiritually and academically, leave encouraging notes on your desk clipped with chocolate, and greet you with tons of hugs.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
My major is psychology, which means that we study behavior, the human mind, and “why people do what they do.” There are two main things that I enjoy about my major. One being that the psychology professors are extremely kind, knowledgeable, and are genuinely excited about teaching what they love. Secondly, psychology being taught at Covenant automatically means that the foundation is biblical. As a discipline, it is easy for psychology to be taught on a secular platform, making no room for God’s existence or activity within the lives of His creation. What I like about studying psychology at Covenant is that I am not only allowed to study with the Bible open, but I am constantly encouraged to do so.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
The one person who has had the greatest impact on me at Covenant would actually be my roommate, Stephanie Whitner. She is also a freshman, but more importantly she is my best friend. She encourages me, strengthens me, holds me accountable, and is always there when I need her most. Her love for the Lord is inspiring, and she makes me want to be a better servant of Jesus Christ.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
One of the things that I love about Covenant is that the faculty and staff do not just stress life here at Covenant, but also life after Covenant. Covenant strives to graduate students who are excited about pursuing their career life, and offers students help through places like the Center for Calling & Career. This service provided by Covenant helped me in figuring out exactly what I want to do, and most importantly what I am called to do, while taking into account my skills and abilities.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is equipping me for active membership in the church by reminding me of the importance of being a part of the church—the body of Christ. During chapel, there are many speakers who remind me of how my talents and gifts should be used to grow the church. This not only equips me, but also reminds me that the church should reflect the image of Christ and that members, such as myself, should take delight in working to extend the Kingdom of God through active membership.