Student Profile: Lydia Holt '19
Winter Park, FL
Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, 4th North
Favorite place on campus
The Crater. It’s a lovely, grassy, tree-roofed nook at the center of campus. In good weather, there’s really no better place to hammock, picnic, socialize, study, or watch the sunset… or all of those things in a single afternoon.
Why did you choose Covenant?
The biggest factor in my choice was the thoughtful and earnest pursuit of learning I saw displayed in students and faculty. This faithful pursuit combined with a supportive community founded in the PCA tradition I knew made it my choice. The startling beauty of the campus was also definitely a draw!
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Yes; I visited Covenant four times before the start of my freshman year here. Campus Preview Weekend was a crucial factor in my decision to come here. During that first visit, my attitude towards Covenant changed from vague curiosity to “I think this is where I’m supposed to be.”
How is Covenant unique?
The faculty is made up of highly educated, highly talented individuals, many of whom could teach anywhere they chose. Professors pray before administering exams, and remind you that your worth is not determined by your grades. The seasons are unbelievably beautiful and distinct on the mountain. The student body is small enough that it’s possible to know hundreds of fellow students at least by name. Life on a residence hall is genuine and hallmates are close-knit. The staff are consistently personable and gracious. Maintenance men know you by name and pray over the student body every day. The list goes on.
Describe Covenant in three words.
Enthusiastic, corporate, rooted.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
The first time it snowed last winter. It began snowing on a Friday evening, and the excitement was palpable; everyone was gulping dinner and rushing outside to glory in the weather and the weekend. Quiet wonder and picture-taking quickly gave way to intense, across-campus snowball fights that lasted into the night. I have never been so cold or laughed so much.
What is your favorite class so far?
Introduction to Literary Studies. Dr. Barham is a wonderful professor who can impress you so deeply with the truth and beauty in a poem that you tear up (repeatedly) in an 8am class. Dr. Barham’s relentless enthusiasm for and knowledge of literature combined with his kindness towards students made the stellar content of the class even more memorable.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
The distinct personalities of different halls really stand out. Each hall has special traditions, loyalties, and quirks that bring its members together. Despite their different identities, there are lots of great relationships between halls, and all-building events, whether competitions or collective efforts, are predictably zany and hilarious. Also, I appreciate that Covenant groups students of all years together. As a freshman, I have been able to forge lasting relationships with upperclassmen on my hall and benefit greatly from their experience.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I really love the faculty in the English department. All the professors are wise and caring, and they do an excellent job of connecting the study of the English language to faith and calling. In addition, as an English major, there are so many opportunities for work and service that will open up for me because of the well-rounded and rigorous training I’m receiving in the various branches of English.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Gracie Woodrow, the Discipleship Coordinator for my hall during freshman year. Even when I had just moved onto the hall and couldn’t remember her name, Gracie sincerely cared about me. She has listened to me, celebrated my tiny victories, counseled me spiritually and practically, and given me some of the most fiercely affectionate hugs I’ve ever received. Her passion for life and love for the body of Christ and for the unreached is inspiring. I’m so thankful for her Godly example in my life.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
As a liberal arts institution, Covenant is instructing every part of my mind. There are quite a few core courses that are required, and balancing those courses with a major and two minors can be challenging. But all those requirements are preparing me to be an educated, thoughtful member of society who is knowledgeable on matters of faith and culture. I’m learning what it means to truly love others and give every area of my life completely to my King.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is training me in the history and beliefs of the Church universal so I can go into life after college prepared to engage fully with the body of Christ in a local congregation. The service and leadership opportunities Covenant both requires and provides are preparing me to serve practically in a variety of ways within that congregation.