A Visit from Lauren Taylor: Becoming a Community Centered in Christ

This past Thursday night, my sorority had the opportunity to spend an hour discussing being a Christ-filled community with our new Hope College chaplain, Lauren Taylor. Lauren comes from Wheaton, Illinois, where she attended college and then took to Princeton, New Jersey, for seminary school. She has a lot of stories to tell and words […]

National Novel Writing Month: Hope College Edition

National Novel Writing Month is referred to as NaNoWriMo by participants because we simply don’t have the time to get the entire eight syllables out; four is much less consuming. Why don’t we have the time? Because we’re trying to pen 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. That’s right, “30 days and nights of literary […]

Lubbers Hall: My Literary Home on Campus

I’m here to tell you about my favorite building on campus: Lubbers Hall. At our last student-blogger meeting (Yes, we have those!), we talked about our favorite places to brainstorm or write on campus, the places that get our creative juices flowing. As a writer, this type of space is very valuable to me, and […]

Family – Grateful to Have Something Worth Missing

For most people who leave home when going to college, family becomes something different. It’s hard to describe, because they’re the same people they were when you left, but you’re not seeing each other every morning in passing on the way to work or school anymore, or eating family meals together, and you’re not getting […]

VanderProv – Hope’s Student Improv Group

I’m finally taking the time to write about one of my favorite groups here on Hope’s campus: VanderProv. VanderProv is Hope’s only student improv group. They perform about once a month in the DeWitt Theatre. Unless I’m really sick or I have a prior engagement, I’m always in the audience. If you’re unsure about what […]

How to be Sick in College

This post is not about how to get sick in college. It’s not hard. Colds spread around campus as the wind blows. This is what to do when you get sick in college. You do the math. Sore throats, runny noses, a dizzying and total lack of energy + 9-5 college classes + work + […]

Finding Your “Place.”

As humans we like to categorize things, people, feelings, anything. Psychologically, we accommodate and assimilate from the minute we know better. Dogs with dogs, cats with cats, shirts in the drawer, dresses on the rack. We even tend to categorize ourselves when we try to find where we feel we fit best or, in other […]

The Must-Do’s of Fall Break

Fall Break – the first return home of the year for most students, smacked right in the beginning of the pumpkin-spiced season we all call fall. What does one do on this Fall Break? Here are a few must’s. Go apple/pumpkin picking.  This is clearly at the top of everyone’s to-do lists over break. Who […]

Dress For the Job You Want Next

Not the job you have now. Repeatedly throughout the time that I’ve known him, my step-dad has thrown out the statement: “Dress for the job you want next, not the job you have now.” I’m a student blogger. Most of the time, this job consists of sitting in my PJ’s on a Sunday night and […]

A Filling Weekend

Hello! I hope your Mondays are going well and aren’t as stressful as mine is (Three exams in one week?! Crazy talk. But it’s happening.) I can’t complain much though, because instead of locking myself in my room this weekend and studying like I should have, I went to a lot of events. On Friday […]