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 […]

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 […]

Welcome, Transfer Students!

First, I just want to say: Welcome to Hope! I transferred to Hope College last fall, so I know just how intimidating moving to a new school can be! I remember feeling nervous, anxious, overwhelmed, but also excited for a new start. At first, I was not interested in attending the Orientation Weekend because I […]

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 […]

The Five Messages: “Believe in Yourself”

I never planned to be an Assistant Director (AD) for Orientation. That may sound strange being that it’s my second year in this position, but it’s true. At the beginning of last summer, I had no idea what this would look like or what it would involve, but despite the uncertainty, I decided that it […]

The Five Messages: A Brief Introduction

Over the past few years of Orientation at Hope, the team has developed five messages that are intended to help students transition into their time at Hope. These five messages are meant to shape and guide your first-year experience as well as your subsequent years at Hope. As you think about and prepare for this […]

Diving Into Orientation

Orientation! What an exciting time of the year! This will be my third year as an Orientation Assistant (OA), and I love that I have met so many new people through that first weekend each school year. Orientation has been one of the highlights of my Hope College experience and is always a blast! Whether […]