Covenant has more campus-wide events than other institutions. “Proms are definitely unique to Covenant, and I think they definitely replace the party, fraternity culture of other colleges,” Bazzel said.
Unlike the academic calendar, Covenant students do not have access to a calendar of events. Bazzel said there is an internal-use Google Spreadsheet available to the CAB, the Senate, and the Intercultural Program for them to plan their dates. “The events that are serving larger chunks of campus come from that,” Bazzel said.
Chaplain Grant Lowe of the Covenant College Chapel Department shared his philosophy of rest as an individual’s responsibility and a matter of “spiritual discipline.”
Lowe said, “Students tend to think that if they’re going to play an active role in this community, being a part of all these offerings is important.” He went on to say that students are put in a position where they have to choose between rest and a good thing. “College can make it a little easier in how they choose to program,” Lowe said.
Is rest a priority in the Covenant College community? Lowe mentioned that if students are wondering what they prioritize, they should look at what they spend their time on. He said they may find that they don’t make rest or prayer a priority in their lives if it is truly absent from their daily lives.
“Rest is hard, and another piece of rest is that you have to be convinced it’s necessary,” Lowe said. Students tend to overbook or at least find it difficult to find time for rest and personal devotions. “Finding alone time here is important to rest,” said Michael Cooke ’26. Cooke explained his overbooking habits and patterns of biting off more than he can chew. He had to abandon the study work after a couple of days because he was too much. “Subscribing to everything hurts,” Cooke said.
For Cooke, being less busy with some things because you’ve busy yourself with too many things is a frequent problem, and a difficult one for him as someone who sticks to his busy schedule. “I’m too frequent with my yeses and nos,” Cooke said.
One way Covenant College practices rest is by encouraging strict Sabbath observance. “The only events allowed on Sundays are prayer and praise,” Bazzel said. Campus activity is kept to a minimum on weekends. “The Chapel is closed, the library is closed, and that’s intentional and intentional, but it’s still up to the student, whether or not she chooses to rest,” Lowe said.
For students and teachers, rest is something they practice all their lives. We begin by seeing it as a necessity and a priority. The faculty cannot enforce rest on the student, but they can help the student regarding rest by considering the plethora of opportunities which are all good but can overschedule the student body. Lowe said, “Students are left with the question, ‘What don’t I do?’ and this puts the students in a difficult position.”
As for students who make time for a personal devotional, Lowe said that if one doesn’t experience that sweet or transformative moment, it likely won’t become a priority. Busy lives are pushing against spiritual disciplines like this, but ultimately, it is up to the individual to live their own philosophy of rest and see breaks in activity as a need. Just like eating and sleeping, which are forms of rest, individuals must make them happen in order to survive.