Location – It Really Does Matter

For those of you who are seniors in high school, it’s almost time for you to make one of the most important decisions in your life. You have spent the last year (or more) researching, traveling, and touring college campuses around the nation. Now, after an intense application process, you are ready to decide where to attend college.

When I was looking at different colleges, these were some of the qualities I wanted in a school:

  • Christian environment
  • Smaller-sized college
  • Experienced and accessible professors
  • Community atmosphere
  • Hands-on learning opportunities
  • Community supported

Many of these qualities might be similar to your list, and I can tell you that Hope College has all of these characteristics.

A unique quality of Hope is its location. As the title of this post suggests, location really does matter. Hope College is located in Holland, MI. While some of you may think that going to school in a small town is a drawback, I am here to tell you that there are some real positives, such as:

  • Safety
  • Different living experiences (off-campus)
  • Lasting relationships with community members
  • Strong community support with college activities

These are just a few of the many benefits of attending college in a small town.

So, if you do have a visit scheduled at Hope in the coming weeks (or months) make sure to spend some time looking around downtown Holland, talking with some community members, and spending time with students — doing these things will help you make the best decision about what college is right for you.

If you want to learn more about Holland, MI check out this site: http://www.holland.org.

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Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!

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