Student Profile: Lucy Green '19
International Studies, Writing Minor, Spanish Minor
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
Growing up inside the greater Covenant community, it’s impossible to remember my “first” impressions of the college. But I can testify to the professors’ true desire to live as academics thoughtfully integrating their faith into their lives. Students at Covenant get to learn from individuals who deeply care about their studies, their students, and their families.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
Though originally being opposed to Covenant, after touring five or six other small, Christian colleges, I came to believe Covenant had the best balance of an active campus community and rigorous academics. After meeting possible classmates at Scholarship Weekend, hearing about the economics and political science programs, and receiving the Maclellan scholarship, the pieces fell into place and I never looked back!
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
Attending Covenant I am always surrounded by people who really believe in what they’re doing. Spending every day with teachers who love their disciplines, administration that believes in its mission, and students who take their work seriously has been refreshing and encouraging.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
My favorite event for the last two years has been Around Founders. In October all ten Founders halls decorate their walls and rooms to create an awesome, interactive, walk-through experience, each one with their own theme, to compete against one another. Every year my hall has so much fun coming up with themes (nursing home, the Titanic, Peter Pan), creating a set, assigning characters, perfecting jump scares, and staying up all night making it look perfect. I will always think fondly of the hours and hours we spent arguing over chicken wire, accidentally painting our carpet black, and working together to make something beautiful.
How does residence life add to/support your academic goals at Covenant College?
The opportunities afforded to me through my residence life experience have been just as valuable as my academic experiences. First, I have been able to develop talents and skills outside of my academics. Through hall life and extracurriculars, I’ve grown in my event planning, teamwork, conflict resolution, and problem solving skills which are all infinitely valuable to my career goals. Secondly, Covenant’s robust residence life has prepared me for post-grad life, where my relationships will always be competing with my academics (and soon my career). Learning to balance these two now will help me become a more balanced person later in life.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
My major, international studies, seeks to equip me both with a nuanced framework for approaching other cultures and countries, and with skills in research, writing, and language. I love my major because my classes are enjoyable while I take them, but they also make me so excited to get out and engage with the world around me. Every class piques a new interest in me (political research, middle eastern politics, longform journalism), and then equips me with the skills to pursue it after graduation!
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
My advisor Dr. Horne is incredible when it comes to helping his students think about life after graduation. He specifically adds material to his courses that he would’ve found helpful entering into a graduate program, and makes sure we have robust writing skills and samples that graduate programs look for. He also encourages us to look for a variety of internships while we are in college, and has given me really good advice as I’ve thought about careers in research, law, partisan politics, policy, the nonprofit world, and everything else in between (all of which my major has prepared me for!).
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
For my humanities distribution, I took Dr. Weichbrodt’s “Race in American Art,” an art history class. Using artwork to retell the story of American history, my perception of our country’s roots totally changed as we heard from those who don’t always get to tell their side of the story, particularly Native Americans and African Americans. The class equipped me with tools to assess the bias in the worldviews around me, but most importantly in my own.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
As I learn to live as an individual outside of my family in college, I am also learning to participate in a church as an individual. Though going out on a limb can be scary, it can also be really rewarding.
How have your relationships at Covenant shaped your expectations for the other communities God will call you to in life?
Though after graduation I won’t be living in close proximity to 1,000 of my closest friends, life at Covenant has encouraged me to set aside time specifically for fellowship. If you don’t actively seek out the relationships you want to see blossom, they won’t.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
Chattanooga is full of concerts: whether they be house shows by local bands from Chatt or Nashville, or bigger bands that come to Track 29 or The Spot. Music festivals in Nashville or Atlanta are only two hours away, and there are even Covenant students that put on their own concerts. If you know where to look, there’s always live music to dance to!