Student Profile: Amaris Capen '18
Residence building and hall
JV soccer, ambassador, growers’ club, sporadic events on my hall, diversity club, Sabbath worship, and participating in intramural games.
Favorite place on campus
Cross-country running trails. A certain portion of the trail winds up the hill of the baseball field and the long shadow of the trees before dusk is absolutely breath taking! I frequently stop to marvel at the view but that might just be an excuse to stop running!
Why did you choose Covenant?
Growing up, my youth pastor was a Covenant graduate and talked about his growth while attending Covenant. I came to a summer camp for high school students that was hosted on Covenant’s campus and felt comfortable on the mountain. Ultimately, I was convinced by watching my older sister flourish here at Covenant where both her heart and mind were educated.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I attended a high school summer camp, called YXL, which was hosted at Covenant’s campus. I began to feel comfortable on the campus grounds and could imagine myself here. Also, Covenant College was the first place I had ever seen a firefly, so the fact that they had glowing bugs was probably the deciding factor.
How is Covenant unique?
The professors at Covenant College are rock stars. Highly qualified, talented, and professional, while authentic about their walk with the Lord, many of my professors are models for how I want to live my life. Their lectures are not a time to display their intellectual superiority but to call you into a conversation of learning and serving, which they model outside of the classroom.
Describe Covenant in three words
Kind, personable, flourishing
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
While I have thoroughly enjoyed the spirited sports games and weekly Sabbath worship, my favorite experience was going on the annual ski trip with the outdoors club. From bonding with the other novice skiers on the bunny hills to shooting down blue slopes praying that I not kill the poor souls in my path, I loved the feeling of adventure and community. As I peered across the mighty mountains buried under snowcaps, I got to experience the power of our Creator in a completely different context. Covenant College funded a large portion of the costs and I am continually grateful that my school enabled me to go on a trip that fostered great personal growth.
What is your favorite class so far?
I completely enjoyed my Christian Mind class.
What made that class your favorite?
Not only did I grow deeper friendships with other students from my O-Team, I also loved the material. This class confirmed and furthered my initial convictions of looking at learning as an act of worship. The insights from the readings and lectures about a Christian understanding of language diversity, poverty alleviation, and liberal arts will bear fruit long after my time at Covenant.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Pancakes and yoga! Cooking in my hall’s commons and singing hymns in the stairwell are a few of my favorite activities. Ultimately, it is sharing the same living space with upperclassmen who share their vast wisdom of college experience and feeling received into a family.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
After biology, I often leave class in appreciation of the unseen. There are so many patterns and processes that go on in the world and in the human body that we are not aware of in our daily life. The amount of detailed knowledge we already have about life and yet still have to discover is overwhelming.
Who at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Hattie Corbett is wonderful. I have had the pleasure to get to know Hattie both while my sister attended Covenant and now that I am here. Back in June, Hattie helped me select my first-semester classes and has been with me during the craziness of freshman year. Hattie’s transparency and freedom to laugh is a continual reminder to not take myself to seriously. Along with her warm encouragements Hattie has graciously invited me to join her family on several occasions. I also cannot dismiss the immediate “coolness” factor I feel whenever I drop her name in conversations.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Continually in my life I will be in situations where I need to think critically about a topic that is not within my expertise. A liberal arts education is preparing my brain to be able to learn in many academic arenas. Especially as a Christian, this is significant to how I view my future job and co-workers, how I participate in the body of Christ, and how I will love my family. These next three years are just a time to practice being faithful in the small assignments.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is equipping me to be an active member of a church because though I am surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, I can still feel the need for the wisdom of the church. The body of believers from all ages and races is essential to tuning my heart to the right song—the song of salvation. All to often the siren tunes of consumerism and self get stuck in my head. Not only is church membership strongly encouraged within the students, Covenant reminds me that God is not a subject to study but a Father with whom I can be in relationship. Part of the Christian life is living out faith through service and the church allows students like me to practice this.