Student Profile: Anna Nicklow '20
High Point, NC
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
When I first visited Covenant, I was a junior in high school. I definitely felt very welcomed despite how terrified I was. My tour guide quickly put me at ease and the people I met were helpful and offered every assistance. It gave me a sense of the kind of community Covenant really is.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I was intrigued by the fact that Covenant was associated with the PCA denomination. I also loved the unique Scottish charm of the campus and beautiful location on Lookout Mountain. Being the youngest in my family and not wanting to live in the shadow of my three older siblings who attending a large university, it was apparent that Covenant College would be the best fit for me. I love the distance it is from my hometown which gives me a sense of independence; I also enjoy the smaller size which seemed to be more conducive in forming closer relationships.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
I love the small student-faculty ratio. It is so comforting to walk around campus and see your professors and for them to be able to call you by name. They are eager to assist, and on this small campus, they are genuinely approachable.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
All of the Covenant dances are unique and special and I have enjoyed each one - but my favorite is 80s Skate Night. The retro 80s’ dress, along with dancing to old throwback tunes, is what every college student should want!
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
I have lived in Founders Hall on Jubilee for the past two years. I believe Founders has the best community on campus and offers so much for the students including study cram sessions and Netflix study breaks in third lobby. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the strong relationships that I have been able to make on my hall. These girls take their education seriously and encourage one another to diligently work hard toward the end goal while not neglecting the fun things that Covenant has to offer. Time management is the true key to success.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Professor Dodson (Principles of Accounting) helped shape my understanding of what the future looks like in the world of business and gave me the first glimpse of the kind of hard work that is required of me for my career. Dr. Kapic (Doctrine) has shown the importance of having a strong worldview. He taught that what is often thought of as “boring doctrines” are actually full of energy and life – they can be applied to believers in a personal way that affects their daily life.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
I really enjoy the biblical perspective that I share with the professors. I love the people in my major and enjoy the many study sessions spent with them. Learning about how to best show the love of Christ in the workplace and how there is so much opportunity to mimic our Savior while doing the things you love is a unique educational experience.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
I haven't decided whether I am concentrating in Marketing or simply majoring in general Business. Covenant’s business professors have strong community connections and this gives me confidence that the Lord is preparing me well for the doors He will open for me in the future.
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Over Spring Break, I went with a team from Covenant to a highly populated refugee community in Clarkston, GA for my intercultural experience. My time there has expanded my perspective and given me practical insights into Micro and Macroeconomics when we explored some of the policies that can affect refugee issues. My expanded perspective would not have been possible had this course not been required.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I love the fact that Covenant does not hold a church service on campus on Sundays. This required me to go church hunting my freshman year, which was a learning experience. It actually forced me to reflect on the kind of church I wanted and what I deemed important to see in a church community. I’m currently investing time with the youth at a great local church and developing relationships with people in the Chattanooga community.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
It is truly a refreshing place to be during this crucial period of my life where I am focused on getting my degree while learning how to be a light of Christ in every situation. My friends have challenged me to talk through hard topics and debate difficult current events while all in the knowledge that at the end of the day, we all agree that the Gospel is true and that by the grace of God we can rely on Christ for acceptance and truth. I would not want to be challenged by these things in any other setting than one surrounded by dear friends and encouraging hearts.
What’s your favorite way to your free-time on or off campus?
Lookout Mountain is a beautiful place so any time my friends and I can catch a sunset from one of the bluffs on the mountain, it is a good day! Also, Chattanooga has so many great events and festivals throughout the year and Covenant is only two hours from Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham, which all serve as fun day trips on the weekends with friends! On campus, it’s great to catch up with busy friends in the Great Hall or participate in the general craziness of hall life.