CEEB CODE: 442-597
David Jacks, Class of 2019

What college are you attending and what are you studying?
I am currently a Junior at Baylor University in the University Scholars Honors Program studying Classics and Religion.
What is the biggest adjustment so far?
The biggest adjustment for me has been the social aspect. The jump from attending a school of 400 to a university of 15,000 is quite large, but I would not say that it is overwhelming by any means; rather, it forces you to change the way you build and cultivate relationships. In college, you’re not expected to know who everyone is; you don’t have to know everyone who passes you in the dining hall or in the stairwell, and that’s OK. In fact, it would be impossible for me to know each and every undergraduate at Baylor. At Covenant, I knew everyone, and I came into college with the mentality that I would be able to meet and get to know the majority of my freshman class. However, I soon realized that I would have to carefully pick and choose my friendships and relationships – an opportunity and challenge for which I am extremely grateful. My time at Covenant taught me how to cultivate relationships, and my time in college has taught me how to choose them.
What do you miss most about Covenant?
They say that you make some of your best friends in college, and, so far, that has been true. I have met and gotten to live with some of my best friends throughout my two years at Baylor. However, I do not get to truly “do life with them” like I did with my friends at Covenant. At Covenant, you do everything with your class, and many of the people in your class become your best friends. You have almost every class with them; you eat with them; you play sports with them. For seven to 10 hours a day, five days a week, you do everything with them. I had no idea how great an effect “doing life” with my class had on our friendships until I came to college and no longer had class, ate lunch, or played sports with the same people every day. Although I love my college friendships, I truly miss being able to “do life” with my friends like I did at Covenant.
What CCS experience prepared you most for your current school/classes?
As someone who studies Classics, being able to come into college ahead of practically everyone in Latin and Greek has made my classes far more enjoyable. Due to Covenant’s focus on Latin and Greek, I have been able to take upper-level classes from the beginning, and I have been able to get ahead of schedule in my courses and mandatory credit hours. Aside from classical languages, I believe that Covenant’s emphasis on writing and presenting, especially the Senior Thesis, has benefitted me the most in my studies. In university-level Humanities classes, aside from various 5- to 7-page essays assigned throughout the semester, almost every upper-level course includes a final research paper of 10 to 12 pages and an oral presentation of 12 to 15 minutes. If I would have come into my upper-level courses without having written, presented, and defended a Senior Thesis, I cannot imagine how overwhelmed I would have been for the past two years. Covenant’s emphasis on writing and presenting has not only greatly prepared me for my college courses, but it has also put me ahead of many of my colleagues and classmates.
What is your advice to students still at Covenant?
My advice to current Covenant students is simple: Do not waste the opportunities that Covenant provides you, and thank and encourage your teachers. At Covenant, you not only have access to some of the brightest and most dedicated high-school teachers around, but you have access to strong, Christian teachers – teachers who truly care for you, whose love for you comes from their love for the Lord, who are willing to sacrifice their time to come support you at sporting events, who will take the time to talk to you about what’s going on in your life, who will pray for you. Every teacher at Covenant is a blessing to you, whether you know it or not. When you go to college, you will soon realize that not every teacher cares; not every teacher is a Christian (even at a Christian university), and not every teacher is willing to form a personal relationship with you. Use your time at Covenant to build lasting relationships with your teachers and peers centered on the Lord and be mindful of all the people around you who truly want to pour into you.
If you could do it again, what would you do differently?
If I could change my time in college and time at Covenant, there are not many things that I would change, especially academically. I would still study Classics in college, still live with the same people, and still pour into the same relationships. At Covenant I would still play basketball, pursue relationships with my teachers, and be close friends with everyone in my class. However, I would not waste the Christian environment that Covenant provides. I would not talk about my faith and pray for others only when I had to; I would do it all the time because I wanted to. At Covenant, like any other Christian institution, there is a certain amount of “cultural-Christianity” that permeates the day-to-day atmosphere. And, just like everyone does at some point in their Christian walk, I fell victim to it. I waited until my senior year to truly live out my faith at Covenant, and even then, I did not do it perfectly. If I could do it over again, I would take advantage of every free opportunity to build relationships with my friends, explicitly centering them on the Lord.
Any shout outs to your former classmates or teachers?
Shout outs to Mr. Foster and Dr. Merritt for teaching me to love Latin and Greek, shout out to Mr. Morris for always having a joke for any situation, and shout outs to Caleb, Luke, and Zach; I miss playing basketball with y’all every day!
Save these Dates: College Meet & Greet Opportunities
Hillsdale College Meet & Greet
Tuesday, September 21 @ noon

Join us as we meet with the Hillsdale College representative to learn more about the school and all they offer. All interested students and families are welcome to attend. RSVP here.
Wheaton College Meet & Greet
Wednesday, September 22 @ noon

Join us as we meet with the Wheaton College representative to learn more about the school and all they offer. All interested students and families are welcome to attend. RSVP here.
Biola University Meet & Greet
Thursday, September 23 @ noon

Join us as we meet with the Biola University representative to learn more about the school and all they offer. All interested students and families are welcome to attend. RSVP here.
Seniors: Class of 2022

Time to get your apps in!

  • Students are encouraged to apply directly to a college, on their website, whenever possible.
  • Once your application has been submitted, move the college to the "applied" section in SCOIR. This step is important! If the college does not get moved to the "applied" section in SCOIR, transcripts, recommendations, and other important documents do not get sent to the school.
  • Students do not need to request transcripts or recommendation letters to be sent to the school. The step above automatically queues the necessary documents to be sent in a bundle.
Meet with the College Counselor
Essay Info

Juniors: Class of 2023

The PSAT will be given on October 13, 2021. CCS Juniors are encouraged to maximize their study prep and take the SAT during October and November. Consider signing up for both test dates, as Covid may cause changes and/or cancellations at a testing site at the last minute. Taking the test twice can also be beneficial in improving scores.

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Freshmen and Sophomores

The best preparation for college is to do high school well! This means:
  • Do your best in your academics.
  • Learn to manage your time and commitments.
  • Develop organizational skills.
  • Join extracurricular activities at school, church and in the community.
  • Volunteer.
  • Participate in quality summer experiences.
  • Take on leadership roles.
Remember, while college is the next step after graduation for most Cavaliers, it is indeed just a step in life, not a final destination or end goal. Focus on becoming the person that God has called you to be and you will prepare not just for college, but for life!

This fall, the College Counselor, Jennifer Daniels, will be on campus and available to meet in person during the school day. Both students and parents may make appointments using this link. If families are not available to meet during scheduled office hours, please email Mrs. Daniels to set up an alternative meeting time.
While the Nook is unavailable during construction, please check with Ms. Reid in the Upper School office for a meeting location.
The "Tea" on College Admissions

Enjoy a glass of sweet tea while you catch up on all of the college "tea"! Juniors and Seniors are welcome to join Mrs. Daniels on select Tuesdays at noon. RSVP required.
Coffee with the Counselor (Parents Only)

Talk all things college with the College Counselor and other CCS parents on select Tuesdays at 10 a.m. All CCS parents are welcome. Please RSVP here.

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