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 need during Orientation weekend!). Both of these are in last week’s “Tuesday Tidings” email.

Tonight, there will be another installment of our “Something Every Tuesday” video series about your living experience at Hope. Be sure to invite your families to join the live-streamed event at 7pm. The link was sent to your Hope email in Tuesday Tidings.


Is there a Latin dance club at Hope? Yes! Ballet Folklorico: Dance ensemble that performs traditional dances to Latin folk music; LatinxRhythms: New club that explores different Latin music and dances. Check them both out this coming year!

What’s your favorite thing to do on campus outside of clubs/class/sports? Adriana: going to SAC events, hanging out with friends in the Pine Grove on blankets or hammocks and going to the beach; Cam: Coffee shops (LJs, Ferris, 205, Simpatico, and more!) & game nights in the Res Halls (I used to play a lot of Catchphrase, Dodgeball, ping-pong, & Mario Kart…)

Where is the cheapest and best coffee? The Kletz Market in the Bultman Student Center in the middle of campus or Cup & Chaucer in the library. Both carry Simpatico coffee (for less than $2 a cup) and are super accessible. The Kletz can even make lattes and other specialty drinks!


Are there ways we can adjust our schedule after it’s sent out? Yes; you can contact the registrar to make changes to your schedule after it is sent out. The instructions for that will be in your Hope email by the end of July. However, Hope works really hard and is really intentional about creating schedules that will maximize your education and exploration during your first semester and most people are happy with schedules created for them. 


What advice would you give incoming students? Adriana: Don’t feel like you need to get “overinvolved”. Your Hope experience is yours to make the most of, so don’t feel pressure to join every club or attend every event. Take time for yourself to rest, be a student, be an athlete, whatever you need! Cam: Give yourself grace as you adjust to the dining hall life. I would often forget the dining hall hours and then couldn’t eat with my meal plan! It is just an adjustment I wished I had been aware of and could prepare for.

Residential Life

What are some dorm room essentials? Umbrella, Robe, Fan, Laundry basket, Shower shoes, Blanket/Towel for the beach, Collapsible drying rack

Should I bring a mini fridge to campus? You can! All the dorms do have a community kitchen equipped with a large fridge and freezer, oven & stove, and a microwave. These are available to all students in the dorm. You should also know that you cannot have a microwave or toaster in your room.

Do I need to bring quarters for the laundry machines? No, Hope has Bluetooth laundry machines that are operated through an app called PayRange. You can load money onto that app to run the washing and drying machines. Quick Tip: Don’t leave your laundry in the machines! Although you do not need to worry about people stealing your clothes, it is courteous to your community to take care of your laundry as quickly as possible.

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