Student Profile: Juliana Meznar '19
Residence Hall and Floor
Favorite place on campus
Covenant has a beautiful campus so it’s hard to choose just one spot but, I would have to say the Great Hall because many of the best conversations I have had at Covenant have taken place there over a meal.
Why did you choose Covenant?
I was interested in pursuing a career in community development, and wanted to make sure I chose a college that would prepare me well. I really liked the community development professors I met and their classes which I attended while previewing at Covenant.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Visiting for preview weekend and scholarship weekend greatly impacted my decision to come to Covenant. The classes I previewed in explored thought-provoking material, students were fully engaged in learning, and the professors demonstrated profound knowledge of their disciplines and care for students. That really impressed me and was a key factor in my decision to attend Covenant.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant stands out because of its rigorous academics taught from a Christian perspective. At Covenant, Christian teaching is not merely a series of devotionals tacked onto a secular curriculum, but rather Covenant incorporates faith as an integral part of how and why we learn.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Engaging, Equipping, Enriching.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
One of my best memories from my time at Covenant was my trip to the PCA’s Leadership Development and Recruitment Conference (LDR) in St Louis last fall. Road tripping with Professor Fitzpatrick and a handful of peers was so much fun. We were received warmly in St Louis and learned a lot about how the church should be involved in pursuing justice.
What is your favorite class so far?
Grant Writing. Learning under adjunct professor Tabitha Kapic, Grant Writing class has given me practical skills through hands on experience. Each student in the class gets to write a grant for a nonprofit of our choice. Partnering with a community development corporation in Detroit that I have close ties with has been a rewarding experience.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
I like that Covenant has students of all class standings from freshman to seniors living on the same hall. Guidance from older girls on the hall was so helpful as I learned to navigate life at college my freshman year.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
While being a double major may seem like a daunting task, I really enjoy the diversity of coursework I have taken both in economics and community development. The two disciplines continue to stretch me in different ways and provide me a broader perspective.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
While there are many people at Covenant who have impacted my life one of the most notable in my advising professor, Dr Wescher. His classes are very challenging, but well worth the work. I appreciate that he presents various perspectives to the class, bringing in sources both sides of the political spectrum. Dr Wescher has invested me and my peers outside of the classroom as well, from friendly conversations, to chaperoning conference trips, to helping me secure summer internships.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
The liberal arts education offered at Covenant is helping to shape me into a more well rounded individual. Not only has my Covenant education thus far provided me with practical tools for community development work, it has further developed my critical thinking skills, and challenged me to thoughtfully live out my faith.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant College encourages students to take a Sabbath on Sunday. Clearing my Sunday schedule for worship and fellowship has allowed me to get more involved in my church. Putting aside all assignments and tests I am more able to fully engage my mind in worship, and I can take time to fellowship and help out at church instead of rushing out of the service to accomplish a to-do list.