Midterm Break Adventures

I’ve missed you, readers! I apologize for my writing absence during the last week as I was living out of a backpack (clothes and all) and didn’t have room for my laptop. It’s so good to be back, and I’m PUMPED to tell you all about my travels. Here’s how I’m going to structure this: …

My Favorite Chicago Spots: A Winter Break Memoir

If you’d asked me two years ago, I would have said that I hated Chicago. I would never want to live there. I didn’t even like visiting for the day. I’d take a shopping trip to the suburbs at the drop of a hat, but you couldn’t make me go into the actual city. Ugh. This is …

From Holland to Detroit to Las Vegas… and Back

This past weekend (plus Monday and Tuesday) my family and I took a trip to Las Vegas. Hope students had the two extra days off for Winter Break and my mom wanted to take advantage of what might be the last time my family is (mostly) all able to get together for a family vacation. …

Another Irish Weekend

This past weekend was one of the best weekends of the semester so far, and it happened right here in Ireland! On Friday and Saturday, Meg and I traveled to Cork in southern Ireland. It was beautiful. On Friday morning, we had taken an early train and arrived into Cork station around 10 a.m. This gave …

A Grand Weekend Adventure

I spent this past weekend with my friend Ashley in her hometown of Grand Haven. It happened to be the weekend of Winterfest, in which there are all kinds of activities from human sled races (people pulling a dog sled) to a hamster and gerbil race at the local YMCA. But my favorite event was the …

Do Not Fly During the Christmas Time!

This was my travel back to Hope. In Prague, where my journey was starting, everything was going everything well. We took off on time and the flight was smooth. But just about 30 minutes to landing in London Heathrow Airport, the captain announced that we will have about 25 minutes delay because Heathrow Airport was …

Saugatuck Dunes State Park: Hiking in the First Snow of the Year!

The first snow of the year! Along with thirty other students, I climbed into a Hope van and drove to the Saugatuck dunes for a morning snow hike with the Outdoor Adventure Club. The day of the first snow of the year is my favorite day of fall. The flakes come down in chunks, and in Kalamazoo …

How I Learned About What Happened in Paris

I heard throughout the day on Friday that something happened in Paris. I kept seeing the word “Paris” in group messages and hearing it in conversations as I passed tables in Phelps. I figured something bad had happened. Honestly, I didn’t know if I wanted to hear about it. I was in a friend’s room …

#JustPhelpsScholarsThings: The Indianapolis Trip!

Sorry for bombarding the blog with a bunch of #JustPhelpsScholarsThings posts, but this one I just have to add. The Indianapolis Trip takes the scholars to lunch at Jiallo’s African Caribbean Cuisine and to the highlight of the evening: the Conner Prairie Interactive Historic Park. While the museum has a variety of interesting, interactive exhibits …

#JustPhelpsScholarsThings: The Chicago Trip, Part 3

Read Part 2 here. Step 3: Magnificent Mile, Chicago It was refreshing to be back in a city filled with tall buildings packed tightly together, traffic noises, chain restaurants, and all kinds of people. Many of the West Coast students’ attention tunnel-visioned onto the nearest Starbucks. They dropped us off a little ways away from the Bean, …