Get Oriented! Five Reminders for First-Year Families

Hello New Hope Families!

This is the week we’ve been waiting for all summer — Orientation is almost here, and we are excited to share these five reminders for all participating families:

1. Friday is the day! Move-in Day is Friday, August 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Orientation Assistants (“OAs”) will be at every residence hall to welcome you and your student.

A big Orientation Weekend welcome to incoming students!
No need to think that moving all of this stuff into your student’s dorm room is overwhelming! Hope students are here to help!

2. We’re here for you… and your heavy items! The Orientation team is ready to help in any way — and that includes carrying your boxes, bins and heavy items. All 180 students volunteer their time because they love Hope College and want to ensure that you and your student have a smooth transition to “Home Sweet Hope.”

Pro Tip: Use blue tape to mark your belongings with your student’s name and room number before you arrive!

Which way do you go? Hope Campus Safety and our Orientation Assistants will help show you the way.

3. Unload, then park. Campus Safety officers will be managing traffic and pointing you in the right direction. Parking near residence halls is reserved specifically for those who are unloading their cars. Once you are done unloading, you can park in any Hope parking lot throughout Orientation weekend — no permit required.

4. Step in and step up. We know that every family’s story is unique, and we’ve worked to build a variety of experiences that will meet a variety of needs. So, make yourself at home and dive into the family sessions. The more you participate throughout the weekend, the more you will get out of it.

5. Ask for help! There are no silly questions or unimportant concerns. Stop by the Orientation Station in the Bultman Student Center and ask the Orientation staff anything. Members of the Parents’ Council will be at Hydration Stations throughout camps. If they don’t know the answer, they’ll track it down for you!

You’ll find President Dennis Voskuil and his wife, Betty, welcoming new students to Hope.

Good luck with all your last-minute packing and preparations. We can’t wait to welcome you to Hope in person!

Mimi Stall and Alicia Leitzen
2018 Orientation Directors

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