Surrounded by Talents

This week I have been witness to great talent here at Hope. Talent of different varieties on different stages and all of it impressed upon me the unique gifts of human beings.

On Saturday night a few friends and I made our way downtown to JP’s to listen to a Hope student sax quartet play. A girl from our floor in Van Vleck was a part of the quartet and it was fun to go out and support her and see other girls from our dorm doing the same. They played a variety of music and their ability to play all those different styles with ease amazed me.

Monday afternoon our Health Dynamics professor allowed us to all jog to the Knickerbocker to watch the live stream of the women’s volleyball championship our workout. So, my friend and I went from the Dow to Van Vleck to drop off our stuff and then ran over to the Knickerbocker in the weird sleet/snow that Monday’s weather brought to Holland. Watching Hope’s team compete on a national stage from the Knick was exciting. Students and community members alike were cheering on the team loud and clear despite the distance between us and the actual game in Virginia. Unfortunately, I had a 3:00 PM class in Van Zoeren and had to leave the Knick before the game ended. However, I arrived to class where the game was playing on the screen and we continued to cheer on Hope as the went on to win the national championship game!

Monday night I returned to the Knickerbocker with a mini cheering section from my floor to watch my roommate perform in the Student Dance Showcase. Seeing her perform her piece and being able to witness her showcasing that part of her life was really neat. Her talent as well as that of the other students to choreograph and dance was so impressive. Being able to transform human emotion into movement and to illustrate a story through dance is very cool.

I am thankful for having had the opportunity to see all of these amazing talents and continue to be impressed by the variety and caliber of the gifts of Hope students.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.

– 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6

~Erin Hoolahan
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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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