NOTE: This is part of a series on athletics.covenant.edu with feature stories written by the student-athletes about their time at Covenant. The series is in conjunction with NCAA Division III Week (April 2-8), an annual event to celebrate the accomplishments on and off the field of student-athletes in the NCAA's largest division.
By Jessica Seehorn
(Covenant '18; Volleyball)
Looking back to the beginning of my journey here at Covenant I am in awe of the Lord's sweet hand and control in the whole situation. At the start of college searching, the last place I wanted to end up was Covenant College. It was entirely too close to home and I was ready for something different from the Christian school I attended for my first 13 years of schooling.
Almost entirely dependent on playing volleyball, my search for a college was much like most other high school athletes. I knew I wanted to play in college but my dad always told me to think about the question, "If volleyball wasn't in the picture would you still enjoy the school?" I looked at several Division II schools, a couple Division III schools as well as some NAIA schools but was prideful in wanting to play Division II to get the long desired "scholarship."
In the winter of 2013, I committed to play at a Division II school and was excited about the opportunity. This school was where my brother attended and seemed to be enjoying it, so I thought I would follow in his footsteps. I also really enjoyed the team but mostly I liked that it was four hours from home. Weeks went by and I didn't hear anything else from the coach. Those weeks turned into months. As time moved forward, my thoughts grew eerie towards the situation. I started to second guess and thought it was really strange that I hadn't heard anything from my coach in so long.
That was about when Coach Jo (head volleyball coach Joanna Ehman) called me and asked me to give Covenant some more thought. In a short phone call, she had me convinced that Covenant was wonderful and that I would be a perfect fit.
Still not totally on board, I went on a second visit to Covenant, one week before Scholarship Weekend. I really felt the Lord's confirmation during my visit that weekend and then the very next Monday I received an email that the coach at the other school I had committed to was stepping down and dropped all of the freshman recruits he had signed. As shocking as that was, it was a door closed. In a week, I turned in my scholarship application, and within the month I had received enough scholarship to attend Covenant.
Within two months of being at Covenant, I had experienced and felt a whole new level of community, love, and growth. Life on the mountain felt encouraging and exciting. I felt empowered by my coaches and teammates to make a difference and to use volleyball as a platform to learn to love and be loved.
My experience playing volleyball at Covenant shaped the way I see Jesus as my Savior. I felt what it truly meant to be entirely vulnerable and broken, and yet consumed by love. Through hardships in volleyball, friendships, and a rigorous biology program, I was surrounded with the most loyal girls and encouraged through and through.
Covenant was not what I had originally expected and it was everything the Lord knew I needed. I am so thankful to be nearing the end of my four years here and I am most certain that they will not be forgotten.