*Psssttt* – Can You Keep a Secret?

I know this is my first post, but I am going to go ahead and give my readers the benefit of the doubt that you all can keep a secret.

Are you prepared to take on this task?
Awesome—I knew I could trust you!

As an out-of-state freshman I was worried about settling into a new place so far from home, but the girls of Van Vleck made finding my second home here at Hope a breeze. So, I decided to put a little something together for my 3rd floor family.

It began with lots of colored square papers from within a cow.
(Photographic evidence below)

Next came the paper folding.

Followed by more folding.

And finally—100 little envelopes later—came the fun part.


There is one thing I know that can make anyone’s day better and that thing is a sticker.


I arranged them into three categories:
Smiley faces, encouraging phrases (ex:  “You are bright as day.”, “Reach for the stars!”), and praise phrases (ex: “You did it!”, “Brilliant!”) Each category was allotted 25 envelopes and each envelope one sticker.

Now I wait with the baggies stuffed with sticker holding envelopes and the signs for each category created.


The plan is to tape them up on the bathroom mirror for Monday because who doesn’t want a sticker on a Monday?

Follow me on Twitter ( @HopeErin18 ) to see a picture once the plan is in action! And remember—this is just between you and me until Monday! 😉

Want to do a similar surprise for your floor? Here are the envelope instructions.

My favorite thing about Hope is that it’s a place where people love one another.
And leave Twinkies taped to doors and candy in the lounges and write “God loves you all the time” on clock faces.
Hope is like home.
Van Vleck is my Hope family.
And I just wanted to do a little something special for it.

Thanks for keeping my secret!
~Erin Hoolahan ’18
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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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