Hope College’s Annual Chicago Trip!

Hey Folks!

As I promised, here is another post, and it’s a happier one too! Last weekend, I had the privilege with 2 other SAC (Student Activities Committee) members to plan the annual Chicago trip. This trip had so much planning behind it, and I didn’t realize this until I jumped in the bandwagon. But, am I glad I did. Here’s a few things I learned:

  • Prioritization
  • Event planning
  • Time management
  • Delegation of roles
  • Communication

Some of those skills I had already, but this experience just allowed for improvement, and that’s why I LOVE SAC. Its a group that is fun, but challenges me as an individual to keep improving my skills that I do have. Anyways, more about the trip! After all preparation, Hope College took more than 200 students to the Windy City. Pretty incredible right? (and stressful might I add!). But it was such a great trip. The weather was perfect, and I couldn’t of asked for anything better.

Chicago is such a great city. It is the country’s 3rd largest city, and having it relatively close to Holland is super convenient. Those Chicagoland people are lucky! While in Chicago, I shopped, ate, met with one of my high school friends that goes to school there, went sightseeing, and ate (did I mention that already!?). I didn’t spend that much money in the city seeing as things are already ridiculously expensive and the tax is OUT OF THIS WORLD. So to prepare for a budgeted, but fun experience, I looked for sales and cut coupons, especially for food.

Speaking of food, I ate so much Panda Express. The reason being that we don’t have one in Michigan! Ridiculous right? Anyways yeah, fried rice and orange chicken powered my day. And regarding my clothes, I got a great deal on them. When it comes to buying them, I NEVER buy them at retail price. It’s just not worth it! So, I got them for a good deal because of my coupons and sales. You just gotta know what you’re doing, so you can get a bang for your buck! Oh and here are some pictures!

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Ok, that’s all I have for now! If you haven’t already, make sure you follow me on twitter @HopeMarvin15. Feel free to ask me anything Hope related!

Published by Marvin Solberg

Greetings! My name is Marvin Solberg and my hometown is Traverse City, Michigan. I am a Hope College senior studying nursing, and aspire to obtain my Ph.D. in nursing research with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor. At Hope College, I am involved in Student Activities Committee (SAC), Student Blogging at Admissions, Ballet and Hip-Hop Club, Hope College Immersion Trips, and I am a nursing teaching assistant (TA)! I love God, my family, and friends. There's truly no place like Hope College; I call it my home away from home!

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