The Simpson University Experience - Robert Kovacs
"Simpson has taught me what it looks like to be a humble leader with an emphasis in serving people and, in turn, the kingdom of God. I have been developed as a spiritual leader as well as a leader who is equipped to go out and serve a larger community."
— Robert Kovacs, Bible and theology major, class of 2016
Simpson University alumnus Robert Kovacs ’16 was drawn to Simpson University after music professor Dwayne Corbin served as a guest conductor for Robert’s high school band in Chico, Calif.
“When it came to applying for colleges, Simpson was the only one I looked into and applied to,” he said. “I visited campus sometime during my senior year, and I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Even though Robert initially came to Simpson to study music, he changed his major to Bible and Theology with an emphasis in Old Testament at the beginning of his sophomore year.
“The Old Testament simply fascinated me,” he said. “The church today doesn’t always know what to do with the Old Testament, so I thought it would be good to develop an understanding of it.”
According to Robert, one of the things that stands out most about the Bible and Theology major are the professors.
“The faculty strives to pour into the students’ lives, not only on an academic level, but also on a spiritual and personal level,” he said. “They really show us what it means to be good students of the Bible while holding fast to our Christian values.”
Robert feels that his Bible and Theology classes have given him a solid foundation to work in many different areas of ministry.
“Wherever I end up, I have been well equipped spiritually and academically as well as in areas of leadership and service,” he said.
Although he switched majors, Robert was still able to pursue his passion for music. During his senior year, he served as the worship ministries coordinator for chapel services. He also participated in a yearlong worship internship at Redding First Church of the Nazarene.
In addition to working in the Spiritual Formation Office on campus, Robert was also active in residence life. He served as a resident assistant for two years and a resident director for one year. Working in these areas helped him grow as a leader.
“Simpson has taught me what it looks like to be a humble leader with an emphasis in serving people and, in turn, the kingdom of God,” he said. “I have been developed as a spiritual leader as well as a leader who is equipped to go out and serve a larger community. I have felt very much supported, and I feel like the ways I have been able to serve this campus have really been a blessing to me during my time here.”
Based on his positive experience, Robert said he would recommend Simpson to others.
“I would encourage others to attend Simpson based largely on the community that is built here,” he said. “There are not many places where you get to live in such a close-knit community with others who have a very similar viewpoint and lifestyle pursuits as you do. To be able to build friendships that are going to be able to last forever is such a powerful experience and opportunity.”
In order to offset the cost of college, Robert received several scholarships and said he is grateful for the support from donors that enabled him to attend Simpson for four years.
“To those who give to support students I would say thank you,” he said. “Your generous hearts and your willingness to give allow students to have an opportunity that they might not get to have elsewhere in life. Thank you for your willingness to give back to this community and this young generation that’s being equipped to go out into this world.”