Discovering Hope

A little fact about myself: I am indecisive and over think decisions–big or small.

So, when it came to my college search, I was lost.

I did not know what major I intended to study, how far I wanted to be from home or whether going to a Christian school even mattered to me. The summer of my senior year I poured over college books and emails and websites and letters creating lists and charts of pros and cons and haves and have-nots—I gathered more information about more schools than I knew what to do with. I sought advice from a friend who was just starting college at Purdue University. I told him I had no clue what I was doing with my life let alone what kind of college I wanted. So, he suggested checking out U.S News Top Hundred Liberal Arts Colleges. A liberal arts education equals lots of options, aka exactly what undecided me needed. So, that night I scrolled through the top hundred list with nothing jumping out and pausing on occasion to look at a website. I read Hope College, thought, “that’s a cute name for a school.” and clicked my way to more information at

I’m not sure how long I spent on the website that night looking at the cute names of intramural Ultimate Frisbee teams (my favorite name of the 2014 season is Huck Huck Goose 🙂 ) and decades old traditions (The Pull [which is Saturday!] and Nykerk! ), but something about Hope struck me. On a whim I decided to ask my parents if we could go and visit this private liberal arts school none of us had ever heard of that’s 6 and a half hours away. We scheduled a dual college visit weekend so my sister could see the University of Michigan and I could see this cutely named college and hopefully (get it? 😉 ) discover whether its mysterious allure was more than just a side effect of late night college searching.

Keep an eye out for the follow up post: Visiting Hope!

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Published by Erin Hoolahan

Hi! My name is Erin Hoolahan and I am a Sophomore at Hope College. I am from Wexford, Pennsylvania (a suburb of Pittsburgh) and intend to double major in Classics and either English or Communications during my time here at Hope. I love to bake, play guitar and am involved in Ultimate Frisbee and Silent Praise. I am extremely excited about sharing my insights on life at Hope! Thanks for reading. :)

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  1. Hello! I am Sirra Chorr commonly know as Sisi. I am a prospective international student wanting to be part of the happy family of Hope College and the students blog. I intent to study Media which am passionate about, am yet to understand the hierarchy of the blog. Love you all, and pray for me to be accepted successfully. Thanks!

  2. Hi, Sisi!
    I’m excited that you want to be apart of the Hope community and especially the student blogging team! I am currently a freshman at Hope and over the summer I saw a post on the Hope College on Facebook Group (which you can join after you are accepted) about applying to be a student blogger. I applied and was lucky enough to be accepted to join the team! I’ll be praying for you and hope to see you at Hope next year! If you ever have a question or feel like talking to a student at Hope feel free to email me 🙂 ( ) Good luck with your college applications process and thanks for reading!

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