Student Profile: Sarah Newsome '20
Early Childhood Education
If you visited Covenant College, what first stood out to you about the community?
I saw that the community was unique because of how close-knit it is.
Why did you choose Covenant College?
I chose Covenant College because I had sisters who attended and loved the community. I had also heard great things about the education program, which is what I wanted to study.
What aspect of Covenant College do you like best?
Covenant College isn't a perfect place, but in its brokenness and in my brokenness I have grown so much here. I love my friends and have learned so much from them and my professors. Through this, I have grown closer to the Lord. Being a part of a community that encourages you to depend on the Lord for his strength has been such great influence on me.
What has been your favorite Covenant College event and why?
I love all of the Covenant dance, especially 80s Skate Night. It is such a great stress relief during a busy semester to get to dance and roller skate with your friends.
How does residence life add to/ or support your academic goals at Covenant College?
Coming home to your hall after a day of classes is such a great thing. Hall life is nice because you get to have great study breaks with each other, and you get to live on a hall full of girls who have different perspectives on life, which challenges me in what I believe and what I am learning.
Which professors have most impacted the way you think and why?
This is so hard because I have had several professors that have really impacted me. Dr. Bagby and Dr. Corbett have really helped me understand the importance of listening well to other people's experiences and appreciating and respecting other cultures. They have taught me to see the injustices in our society and encouraged me to not just know and be educated on this, but to also take action. I have also been impacted greatly by Dr. Donaldson. Her humility and her desire for us to learn the material well is so inspiring. She puts so much effort and care into what she teaches and into her students. This makes me want to become like her one day when I become a teacher.
What do you most enjoy about your major?
I enjoy the education professors because of their care for us and our future students. They remind us that each child is made the image of God. I also feel very supported by the professors as I go through the program. Another great thing about education is getting to go down the mountain to spend time with children and learn in the field.
How is Covenant equipping you for post-graduation life in your area of study?
I feel like I am going to be prepared as a teacher. We get so many opportunities to practice teaching, and we also get lots of support and advice from our professors. I feel like I have been taught to show what my values and beliefs are in everyday life, which includes the workplace.
Can you give an example of how the core classes affected your other classes?
Core classes like doctrine have challenged me to understand deeply what I believe, and that has helped me in my other classes because it has shaped how I go about my studies and who I want to be as teacher.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is an amazing community, but everyone is very quick to point out that it doesn’t replace the church. As students we are constantly encouraged to engage in local church communities. The skills I am learning at Covenant, both in my academic and hall communities, are similar to what is needed to be deeply invested in the life of a church. The respect and honor for the stories of others that I am learning at Covenant is what I take into my involvement at my church, and I hope to be able to grow in that in the years to come.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free-time on or off campus?
I love spending time with my friends and trying fun new things around Chattanooga. We often will make spontaneous trips down the mountain to eat tacos and picnic at different parks in the city.