It’s Partway into June… way too soon!

Yikes! Am I far behind or what? I’ve been meaning to update you on my summer thus far, and after review I realized that I have plenty of drafts and nothing published.

I apologize for that.

However, I was up to some pretty awesome shenanigans in May. I stayed on Hope’s campus to complete my final 100-level four-credit Communications class, Public Presentations, with professor Deone Quist. I also had Professor Quist for The Communications Process last fall, and I loved having her again for this class.

What were some of the best parts about sticking around for May term? Let me fill you in.

1. Tulip Time. The Tulip Time Festival in Holland took place for the two weeks right after finals week. Although there are very few students around, Holland is filled with tourists and people dressed in Dutch outfits.

Okay, that may not sound very exciting, but believe me, it is. Beyond the tourists, there are tons of rides, two parades, and lots of food stands that look pretty delicious (I unfortunately couldn’t eat at any of them due to my gluten intolerance, but my friends confirm that they were awesome.) Definitely check it out for at least one year while you’re here.

If you don't take a picture of tulips in Holland... were you ever really there at all? ;)
If you don’t take a picture of tulips in Holland… were you ever really there at all? 😉

2. Small Class Sizes. My class had eleven students, while the typical Public Presentations class during the school year can have up to thirty students due to the high demand of the class. Less people, less pressure… and less speeches to sit through, too. 🙂

3. Longboarding. I picked up longboarding, which was an absolute blast! By the end of May, I was pretty good at it, too.

4. Spending time with friends. My two best friends, Delaney and Sarah, came up to visit me during May term! We had an awesome weekend longboarding, shopping, and drinking late-night coffee at JP’s and Lemonjello’s.

Delaney and I had a blast hanging out in the Pine Grove to enjoy the warm weather!
Delaney and I had a blast hanging out in the Pine Grove to enjoy the warm weather! (Sorry about the Instagram filter, we accidentally deleted the wrong picture.)

I can’t believe May term has been over for almost two weeks– this summer is flying by! Soon enough, we’ll all be back on campus again, and I can hardly wait. If you have any questions about May term, or any questions about anything as you prepare for the coming year, please feel free to contact me via twitter @hopesophie17 or shoot me an email at

Hope you’re enjoying summer!

Published by Sophie Guetzko

Hey, I'm Sophie. I'm a third year college student graduating a year early, in May 2016. Follow me (I'm a Leadership minor) @hopesophie17 on Twitter and Instagram, send me an email at I'd love to chat (I'm a Communication major). While on campus, I've been involved with numerous Bible Studies, The Anchor newspaper, CFL Consulting, and recently started my own t-shirt company through the CFL Incubator program. Hope to talk soon!

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