10 Tips for writing an unforgettable college essay

By Kristin Diekevers ’07, Associate Director of Admissions A 17-year old me is sitting at my basement computer, fingers lightly touching the good ol’ Gateway keyboard from yesteryear and…nothing. I’m blank. I’m here to write my college essay, and I’m straining not only on the first sentence, but the topic itself. Sound familiar? The Common Application is […]

What to Expect for First Year Advising

Freshman advising is an incredibly laid back experience. The process depends on whether you declare a major your first year. Not sure on your major yet? If you don’t declare a major your first year, your advisor won’t change. Your First Year Seminar professor will be your advisor until you declare your major. There’s no […]

How Do You Make Summer Internship a Reality as an International Student at Hope College?

Internships are part of the college experience for many students. A lot of students do not start to think about it until later in their college careers, so it is unique for me, since I am only a freshman. At least that’s what the Career Development Center said when entered their office in October 2015. Nevertheless, here is what […]

What Is the Best Way for Men to Dress for a College Interview and Visit?

We all know this saying. Never judge a book based on its cover. In regards of life, it is a good motto, but if we are talking about a formal event like the college interview or visit, students should dress appropriately. The key is appropriately. The definition by Dictionary.com states:  suitable or fitting for a […]

What Are Good and Bad Questions to Ask During the Campus College Visit?

People say that there are no bad questions – which can be true in the classroom – but during a college visit it is not exactly like truth. Let me give you an example. Below is a easy accessible screenshot of the Hope College profile. How many students are attending Hope College? What is the […]

What Does It Take to Write an Excellent College Application Essay?

College Essay Topic. It is a dilemma of every student applying to college. Is there a “good” or “bad” topic? A college essay is a place where the admission representative has a chance to “meet” the applicant more closely. That being said, what is it that make a college essay successful? “A successful essay will […]

So You Want to Come to Hope

While lying in my bed over Christmas break I began getting all sorts of notifications from the Hope College admitted student’s Facebook group. This is a group that prospective students for the following academic year are able to access once they’ve received their acceptance letter. I was instantly brought back to my days as an […]