Celebrating the Seniors

Thank you for all of your hard work!

Kayla Lang is the Director of Events, and her favorite SAC event is The Really Big Talent Show.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“It’s hard to pinpoint just one of the of my favorite memories from my time on SAC but I think I would have to say this past year’s Fall Fest. The event was supposed to be outdoors but we had to move it into the Student Center at the last moment. It was amazing to watch the team come together and create an event that went very well despite all the obstacles. ”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“I think that the best advice that I could give is to either get involved in leadership opportunities or take advantage of the leadership positions you are currently in. Throughout my time in leadership positions I have developed more as a person than I could have ever imagined. I have been able to speak about these experiences in interviews and reflect on how I have grown.”

Sydney Sabbagha is the Director of Daily Operations, and her favorite SAC event is a tie between Skyzone and Spring Fling.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“I’ve loved being on this director team. It has given me a chance to be in a leadership position in a club I deeply care about after growing in a different position during my first two years.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Invest in the people you know will be with you in the long run.”
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Emily Wolfe is the Co-Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion, and her favorite SAC Event is the Painting Party– although she’s never been able to attend. She’s going to miss impacting student life through SAC.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“Every year when we go on our retreat! I LOVE playing games at night and spending the night with everyone.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Use your voice. Stand up for justice, for yourself, and especially for others. There will always be marginalized students at Hope, but if you use your strength and your privilege, maybe you can make others feel welcomed and change the future of Hope.”
Efraín Garduño-Salazar is the other Co-Ambassador for Diversity and Inclusion, and his favorite SAC event is the Rock ‘n Roller Skate. He’s confident that SAC is being left in good hands.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“When I was notified by Chris at the end of my junior year that I would have a director position for my senior year. When we successfully pulled off one of the most difficult events to date, the first ever Fall Fest was indoors due to poor whether. The team did amazingly and was able to actually put together a very good event on for the campus.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“I would say that SAC is going through some growing pains. It has changed some of its more “traditional” offerings of events. This is a good thing! SAC will always attempt to accommodate for its ever-changing student body. Since the student body is changing, SAC will have to accordingly. Hope College is growing and changing every day, we have a young and tenacious new President at Hope, and I genuinely believe he is bringing positive changes to campus. With those changes, students that used to not see Hope as a viable option will be more willing to enroll, and so SAC will have to change again to accommodate the new students. SAC will not remain stagnant, and yes, maybe a few crowd favorites will have to change to make it more appealing to different students, but as long as the changes help at least 1 student feel more inclined to go to an event, I am okay with a little backlash. We have to identify the differences between us and others and try to make others feel welcomed, and that mentality will be reciprocated. I am excited for what lies ahead for Hope and the future students that will walk the halls of Van Zoeren, sit at the dinning halls of Phelps and do homework in the Bultman Student Center.”
Madison Brechbuhler is a Core Member, and her favorite SAC event is the Chicago Trip. She would also like to quickly thank Kayla and Sydney for not firing her.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“Working with this years team and directors was so enjoyable. There was so much energy and passion from everyone. We problem solved really well when this year brought us all sorts of unexpected challenges from Fall Fest being moved indoors to doing our best to provide students with some form of activity or entertainment during the unprecedented time of COVID-19.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Soak in every minute. The good, the mundane, and the challenging. Having my senior year cut short I would go back and relive everything if I could!”
Troy Van Hulle is a Core Member, and his favorite SAC event is also the Chicago Trip. He says joining SAC was one of the best decisions he made at Hope.
What is your favorite memory from SAC?
“My first year on SAC, we had a Christmas party. I’m really not sure why that’s my favorite memory, but it stuck with me and that party getting to know everyone better made me want to do SAC for the next 2 years.”
Any advice for current Hope Students?
“Enjoy it, and don’t get stuck doing the same things with the same people because that is where you are comfortable. Hope college offers a lot, and one of my only regrets is that I didn’t explore that as much as I could have.”

Seniors, thank you so much for all your hard work and for the great memories. SAC will miss you and Hope College will miss you as well.

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