Either/Or vs. Both/And

By Sarah Baar A friend recently posted a screenshot of a text debate she had regarding the morality of Severus Snape, a character from the wildly popular Harry Potter series. (I feel weird explaining this, but who knows? Maybe not everyone is as obsessed with Harry Potter as I am.) Of course, I jumped in: “Snape …

What Makes An Effective Educator?

By Bryant Russ, ‘11 Floating around somewhere in the back of my mind was the idea that a good teacher has to be young, hip, and in touch with teenage slang and references to Justin Bieber songs.  You know, to relate and stuff. And then I enrolled in British Literature.  All it took was a …

Hope College Academy of American Poets Prize 2016

By Pablo Peschiera About the Prize The Hope College Academy of American Poets (AAP) Prize award is funded by the University and College Poetry Prize program of the AAP. The academy began the program in 1955 at 10 schools, and now sponsors nearly 200 annual prizes for poetry at colleges and universities nationwide. Poets honored through …

From Howard to Hope: the CLA Difference

By Kendra Parker When I arrived in Holland, MI and at Hope, I arrived without community. Having lived in Washington, D.C. since 2008 and having been surrounded by hues of brownness and blackness at The Mecca that is Howard University (HU), my arrival in Holland, at Hope was a slight shock.  I adjusted. However, as …

How Writing a Novel Prepared Me to Run A Marathon

By Sarah Baar So, I did a stupid thing the other day. I signed up for the Chicago Marathon. There are a number of reasons this is insane. Here are a few: It requires running 26.2 miles. MILES. The marathon got its name when a man ran (26.2 miles) from Marathon to Athens . . …

Congratulations, Graduates!

Today marks the final day of classes for the Spring 2016 semester. For many of our seniors, it’s the final day of classes for their undergraduate experience! We’ve had the honor of working with 45 amazing students who are graduating this year. Some graduated in December of 2015, many will walk in our May commencement ceremonies …

Pleasant Surprises and Stephen King Novels

By Skyler Adams ‘13 My time at Hope was…to sum it up in a word…surprising. You might be surprised to see me pick that word (see what I did there?). I choose that word because I never thought I would end up at Hope. My whole life I saw myself at a big state school, …

How to Get the Most Out of the English Department at Hope College

By: Hope Hancock, Class of ’16 Nearing the end of my senior year in high school, it seemed as though everyone was asking me what I was going to major in.  I’m sure that many English majors can relate to the conversations I had, and continue to have, with many people. Random Person: What are …

Graduate School Panel

By: Trevor Sooy, Class of 2019 This event was co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and the English department. On Tuesday, April 5 the students of Hope College were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear a panel of Hope College faculty and alumni who majored in English talk about graduate school. This event was …

Geek Out

We hope our students enjoyed Spring Break last week! Don’t worry–we didn’t forget about our weekly post. Here’s a Monday surprise blog to make up for our brief hiatus. By Sarah Baar One of my favorite parts about working in the English department at Hope College is hearing about all the super cool things that …