by Samantha Beck ‘21
Major: Exercise Science | Minor: Psychology | Mortar Board, Foster Hope Initiative, Kinesiology Club

Samantha Beck head shot

Hope handled this past academic year really well. Between the testing, safety protocols and online events, Hope was able to have a somewhat normal semester. This year has been a whole new experience, yet what matters the most stayed the same. Even though we were wearing masks, having some classes online and following COVID guidelines, Hope has still been a place of growth in my academics, faith and relationships. 

While my senior year didn’t look quite how I expected it to, I am still so happy that I chose Hope for my undergraduate degree. I have been grateful to be on campus and able to connect with my peers and professors.

As a freshman, my goal was really just to grow in my faith and meet new people. Looking back, I know I exceeded these goals in my four years at Hope. God placed so many people in my life that only led me to a stronger relationship with Him. I know that God brought me to Hope and placed people in my life to show me what a relationship with Him can really look like.

The thought of leaving Hope College brings a mix of happy and sad tears. The relationships I’ve made here will last a lifetime, and saying goodbye to my friends and professors is truly bittersweet. Leaving means starting the next chapter in my life, which I am so excited for — but it also means the close of a chapter that I have loved so dearly. 

Even though our ceremony is split into two groups, I’m excited to share the day with the people that have been by my side throughout my four years. Walking across the stage and knowing that my hard work has paid off will be the most rewarding part of our commencement ceremony.

As for my next chapter … starting this coming fall of 2021, I’ll be attending Oakland University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. I’ve also had a goal to travel to South Africa, but due to COVID, I was unable to study abroad. Maybe this summer or after PT school, I’ll be able to reach that goal!

As someone who has benefitted from financial aid, my gratitude toward our donors is unmatched. People who support Hope are investing in the lives of present and future students. Based on the accomplishments and experiences I’ve had in my four years here, I would like to think it’s a pretty amazing investment. I look forward to the day when I’m able to give back to Hope and invest in future generations!

Samantha Beck ‘21 has been the recipient of the Lawrence J. Green Memorial Scholarship Fund since 2017. This scholarship was established by the family and friends of Lawrence (Doc) Green, longtime Hope professor, coach and trainer to provide financial aid for deserving students interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine, physical therapy and other health-related fields pertaining to physical education.

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