From One 2020 Senior to Another

A few months ago, I finished my college experience curled up in a chair, wearing my graduation gown like a housecoat, staring at my laptop in disbelief. The Zoom window of my final exam meeting had just closed. Was I really done? Reaching the milestone of graduation in a pandemic is a ridiculous experience. I […]

FAQ Friday Re-Cap: July 17

Orientation Before we get started answering questions, we want to briefly talk about move-in logistics. You (or your student) were just assigned a move-in time this week. If you do not have that information, please email or That email will reiterate some of these clarifications: During your move-in time, you will have three […]

Living On-Campus Event Recording (7/14)

If you missed the live Tuesday event this week, no worries! We’ve got you covered with this recording. More details are below! In this video, you will find information on what move-in and campus living will look like. By now, you should have received your assigned 3-hour time slot for move in. Email or […]

The Five Messages: Be A Good Human

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” 1 Peter 4:8-10 Many people do not believe that they are not a “good human.” […]

A Letter to Hope Families

Hello, and welcome to Hope College! We are Darren and Judy Gross, the co-chairs of the Parents’ Council, which is a committee of Hope parents and Administration. The Council works to provide communication between families and the college by identifying and addressing the needs and concerns of families. The team also guides members of the […]

FAQ Friday Re-Cap: July 10

Did you miss last week’s FAQ Friday? No worries! We have the re-cap for you here. Learn about the best coffee shops around campus, how to handle laundry at Hope, and some reminders about upcoming deadlines and events. Be sure to fill out your Academic Advisor Information form and the StrengthsQuest Assessment (which you will […]

Navigating Your Wellness Event Recording

We have the recording from last Tuesday’s event with the Health Center, Campus Ministries, Dining Services, and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for you here! And, don’t forget! We have another live event tonight with Residential Life, Campus Safety, and Financial Aid all about “Living on Campus”. This event begins at 7pm, so bring your […]

The Five Messages: Value Differences

Leaving Chicago in order to start college in Holland was a big transition. At home, I was always comfortable with my surroundings because most people either looked like me or shared similar experiences. However, at Orientation, I was immediately aware that I looked different from most of the other new students around me. I was […]

The Five Messages: Mindset Matters

During Orientation, there are five messages we like to focus on, reminding ourselves of the bigger picture and helping to stay outside of our own bubbles. One of those is the concept “Mindset Matters.” When considering what we can actually control in our lives, the list gets real short, real fast. However, something that is […]

The Five Messages: Ask For Help

Asking for help is not a strength of mine. In fact, it might have been the most challenging thing for me to work through freshman year. When I was asked to write about one of the 5 messages of Orientation, “Ask for Help,” I almost laughed out loud. This is the one value that I […]