Student Profile: Jed Williams '19
Biomedical Studies with a pre-med concentration
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
As an international student, I didn’t have a chance to see campus before move-in day, so arriving at campus was a beautiful experience.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I chose Covenant College because it stood out when I was applying to schools. The pictures of the campus looked beautiful and they seemed to really care about Christ and not just being “Christian.” When applying, they seemed to care about me as an individual and not just about my tuition money. My admissions counselor had all the hard conversations with my parents, reassuring and letting them know that I’d be fine at Covenant despite it being in a different country. They went above and beyond to help me and answered all the silly questions I had about coming to the United States, Covenant, and a Christian college.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
No doubt, the community is what I like best about Covenant. I’m constantly surrounded by people who are caring, kind, intentional and selfless. The community humbles me and challenges me to be better in every aspect of my life, including my relationship with Christ. I’ve built relationships that are God-orientated and that will last for a lifetime.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
It would be almost impossible to choose one dance as my favourite, but the events entail more than just the dances. Overall, my favourite Covenant College event would be CultureFest. Every year in February the Multicultural Program students put on an incredible show displaying arts, performances, clothes and of course, food from the countries dearest to the them. I feel privileged to be apart of it and to showcase my home and my culture. It's also beautiful to learn about and experience unique acts from countries all across the world. This is also my favourite event because it has the best food. It's simply amazing to try a huge variety of authentic dishes from every continent and many different countries.
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
Residence life at Covenant helps me to find balance between work and relaxation. My hallmates and roommates do a good job at reminding me to step back and have some fun instead of being too immersed in school all the time. Other times when I don’t feel as motivated to do the tasks before me, these guys help motivate and encourage me. Beyond having a lot of fun and doing crazy things, it’s good to have people to sit down and study with at the last minute for a test you forgot about.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
Dr. Nola Stephens: Coming from a country where the main spoken language is a Creole that is seen as inferior to “standard English”, it was difficult to adjust and see value in the way I spoke. After taking linguistics in my first year with Dr. Stephens, she helped me really appreciate the beauty and differences in my Guyanese Creole and dialects. This taught me that I first need to appreciate myself, my culture and my language, and in doing so those around me would also appreciate it as well. She has taught me to be true to myself and to my roots, not compromising but transforming. Dr. Stephens provides a beautiful perspective on language and thus on culture and on self.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
I enjoy learning about the sciences from a biblical perspective, where my classmates and I can marvel at God’s glory in creation. I am also truly blessed to have professors like Dr. Morris who has been very intentional, kind and patient with me. He goes beyond the role of being my academic advisor and biology professor to being a mentor.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
My area of study isn’t going to be an easy one, and Covenant does a good job at reminding that I need to work hard in order to get there.. I’m confident that I am being prepared to handle the rigors of med school as I pursue my studies at Covenant. It challenges me to build good habits and try my best and to keep Christ central. It reminds me that no matter where I end up in life, whether I accomplish all my goals or not, that Christ is working in me and is preparing me for something greater than just the job before me.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant helped me to realise that everyone in the church has a role to play, not simply the deacons and elders. It has prepared me to be part of the community in whatever way I can, whether that be in leading worship, teaching ESL, or simply helping with breakfast on Sunday mornings. It makes me excited to transform my church at home to be more mission and community oriented.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
No matter where I am, no matter where I go, whether in a Christian environment or not, I’ve learned to see people not as society and others see them, but as Christ sees them. This makes me confident that no matter where God calls me next, I will be able to find good relationships. I want to be able to learn and grow from those around me, but also to care for and positively influence those around me. Coming to America and coming to Covenant, I’ve learned and appreciated how big the world is and that no matter where I am, Christ is the same.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
In my free time, my favourite thing to do is to do anything chill with a good friend. Whether it's watching “New Girl,” taking a hike on the bluff to a breathtaking overlook or simply having a good conversation, I like to spend my free time in good, chill company.