Hope College is a college experience unlike any other. In the center of the action in Holland, Michigan, Hope College brings unique life, opportunities and growth. There are plenty of opportunities to love Hope, and today I want to share a few with you!

The Students

The students at Hope College bring life into every room they’re a part of.  I have never found such a caring and thoughtful group of students at such a large scale. From my first time walking on campus, I knew that the students made Hope special. My first visit day, I was welcomed into a dorm room for a short visit to see what a room looked like. Instead of spending a few minutes there, the students let me stay for hours asking questions about life and the college. That one experience alone kept Hope College at the top of my list.

The Activities

During the week and on the weekends, there is always something to do at Hope College. The student run event group called “SAC” (Student Activities Committee) puts on events that mirror things students want to do. Also, SAC uses student feedback to create events such as frequent movie nights, food truck days, and CoffeeHouse – which is live music in the student center. These activities are plentiful and of high quality. I chose to include this on my list for its relevance to my day-to-day life on campus. The college is able to allocate lots of resources to these activities, which makes the quality very high.

The Academics

Hope College offers true rigor in its courses. Once students have a declared major, they are able to take higher level courses in the specific field they are interested in. This ability gives students agency to move within their required courses, and still take others they are interested in. By taking classes that you are interested in, students are able to best understand the field of study they are in. Hope College academics are worthy of praise on the list because of their continued praise in the larger community. Hope College has time after time ranked in the Top 25 of U.S. News and World Report Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects.

The Opportunities

Many opportunities outside of academics live at Hope College. Greek Life is on campus, as well as Dance Marathon – both of which I participate in. These are opportunities to spend your time in communion with people that think similarly to you, and also want to help others. My experience with Dance Marathon has been nothing but positive, and I will have had the opportunity to attend the event all four years on campus. The sheer amount of money raised as a college for the kids keeps this on the list for me.

The Personal Growth

College is a time for self-discovery and personal growth. At Hope College, there are ample resources to keep you connected and in touch with interests you have, new and old. Clubs, activities, extracurriculars, co-curriculars, and so much more bring out the best in students. There is also the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on campus. CAPS is there to help you work through some of the larger questions in your life discernment. Again, the college truly cares about you the student. That translates to high-class services, and deserves a spot on this list.

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Published by Joshua Haddad

Class of 2023 Major(s): Business and Political Science

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