So Much Going On

Hi everyone! This week has been absolutely crazy! For starters, yesterday was Halloween and my friends and I had a fun Halloween party called Club Eek. This is an annual tradition for VerBeek cottage where people come and dance, eat some candy, and relax. Well, while that was going on, I also had my first intramural tennis match of the season, which is really exciting. My partner and I have been playing for the past three years together and it’s just a great and fun time of the year because it is when we are able to devote some time to playing one of our favorite sports and getting to hang out together. I have to say we were pretty rusty, so we’ll just say that the result was not what we had hoped for. Regardless, it was a blast and I can’t wait for the other matches we’re going to be playing within the next few weeks.

Lauren and I dressed as minions for Club Eek!
Lauren and I dressed as minions for Club Eek!

In addition, Nykerk will be going on tomorrow. I’m sure many blog posts will be talking about it, so I’ll save you the time of reading about it but it is going to be really exciting. I’m pumped to see what songs are performed, the speeches the orators present and which play is going to be the funniest and most clever. Nykerk marks the beginning of November, which makes me sit back and think. It’s so strange to realize that it’s already November, meaning Thanksgiving is this month and BAM it’s Christmas and the first semester is over! There is still a ton to do within that time, but this year seems to be flying by… it can be a good and bad thing.

On one hand I’m excited for my classes to be over because they are very overwhelming, but at the same time junior year is so monumental because you’re an upperclassman and don’t have to figure your life out completely yet. Sometimes you just need to put on the brakes and live in the moment, though. I catch myself walking through the Pine Grove going to a review session or the library and just looking at all of the fall leaves and thinking, “One day I’m going to really miss this place and these stresses compared to what is in store for me.” I then just realize I need to appreciate where I am and what I am doing here at Hope and be grateful for everything and everyone around me because not everybody gets that opportunity. This post all of a sudden became very deep and meaningful, so sorry if you were hoping for a really light-hearted one about Halloween! Anyway, that’s it for this week! Have an awesome weekend and I’ll update you on my life at Hope next week.

The Pine Grove
Enjoying the fall colors of the Pine Grove

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Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!

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