Stress Reliever

Everybody has those super long and stressful weeks, right? Well, I just had the most hectic week of my college life. Multiple tests, homework assignments, and meetings consumed me this past week but you know what makes it seem tolerable? Friends and being able to finally relax and take a minute for yourself. On Friday, I was planning on just lounging around but my friends had the great idea of getting together and going out to dinner in South Haven and having a girl’s night. Let me tell you, that was the perfect solution to all of the stress in my life. We made fools of ourselves while singing along to Taylor Swift in the car ride to dinner and once we got there, we just shoved our faces full of food. Some non-cafeteria food was just the perfect beginning to the weekend!

Once we got back to campus, we ended up watching “House Bunny” and “Sydney White” and “The Lucky One.” Yes, we did watch all of those—well I fell asleep for a chunk of one, but it was the ultimate movie marathon. Basically, my point is that even when life and circumstances seem intolerable and you hit a point where you just want to give up, friends always seem to lift your spirits—at least that’s what mine do for me. Whenever I am having a rough day, one of my friends either at Hope or from home happen to text me something that just makes me feel better. Friends and people who simply understand you and your life are the people that always seem to cure whatever funk you are in. For instance, something happened this weekend that just bummed me out and I got back to my apartment and my friends picked me up and surprised me with a pint of ice cream and candy to cheer me up. Seriously, friends (and food) are the ultimate cure when you are feeling low.

Dinner in South Haven with these lovely ladies!
Dinner in South Haven with these lovely ladies!

On a brighter note, this upcoming week should be pretty exciting with the inauguration of President Knapp on Friday! Also, some classes are cancelled so that’s just an added bonus! In addition, homecoming weekend is this next week, so the annual hoedown will definitely be a hit, so everybody better go to that!

That’s it for this week, so don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @hopeleslie15.

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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