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 orientation@hope.edu or housing@hope.edu. That email will reiterate some of these clarifications: During your move-in time, you will have three […]

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 […]

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 […]