Welcome to the 2019-20 academic year! Later this month, I will be meeting many of you as you help your student move into their campus home — some of you for the first time, others for the last time. Whether your child is entering their freshman year or their senior year, this is a special time filled with great anticipation for families and students alike.
This is a special time for me, too. Just a few weeks ago, I began my first year as president of Hope College. In late June, my family — my wife, Sarah (whom I met while we were students at Hope), and our three children, Sophie, Lucy and Oliver — left our home in New York City and made the road trip to Holland, Michigan. We quickly settled into the President’s House, and have been waiting with great excitement to greet our new neighbors — Hope students!
Sarah and I are delighted to be living right in the heart of campus, where we always will be close to your sons and daughters.
It is hard to believe that, 21 years ago this summer, I arrived on Hope’s campus as a freshman. Little did I know that Hope would transform my life. I never imagined how I would be mentored by caring professors, how I would be given opportunities to study and work off campus, how I would engage in graduate-style research, how I would prepare for a career in business and government . . . and importantly, how I would develop a relationship with God. Two decades later, Hope continues to transform students’ lives in ways that no other institution in the world does. I am so proud to lead this institution, and I am especially proud to be working for, and alongside, your students.
Thank you for entrusting your student to Hope College. May this year be a year of growth as they rise to meet the challenges and celebrate the achievements along the way. I look forward to seeing you very soon!
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!
3. Unload, then park. Campus Safety officers and Orientation Assistants 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!
Good luck with all your last-minute packing and preparations. We can’t wait to welcome you to Hope in person!
Sara Arnquist, Kayla Lang and Caleb Miller
2019 Orientation Directors