Summer Plans

Hey all! I hope you all were able to go to the Admitted
Students Day last weekend and get a feel for some activities that go on at
Hope! It was nice meeting some of you, so I hope you all come to Hope next
year. Anyway, since this year is
wrapping up, people are figuring out their summer plans and getting ready for
either their jobs or activities they have coming up within the next few weeks.

For me, I will be taking two May Terms at Hope—an online Physics class and an
Internship through Holland Hospital! This is going to be the first time I will
be living on my own for a month without family around, so it should be very
interesting. Let me inform you on this internship I will be doing. First of
all, it’s a program that accepts two occupational therapists and eight physical
therapists—I am one of the physical therapy students and will be volunteering
for 150 hours in May from 8 AM to 5 PM every single day. It’s going to be
pretty exhausting but definitely worth it!

Individuals pursuing an Exercise
Science major have to complete an internship for shadowing/volunteer experience,
so this May is the perfect time for that. When I initially got the position for
this internship, I thought it was just working at Holland Hospital, but I just
realized that each of the students will be assigned to various locations
throughout Holland and Zeeland working in clinics, centers and the hospital
itself, which will provide for a wide range of experience and help me narrow in
on the type of setting I would like to work in for the future. Here is a list
of some of the places I will be volunteering:

  • Aquatic Center
  • Cardiac Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Douglas Rehabilitation
  • Evergreen Commons
  • Hospital In-Patient Rehabilitation
  • Lakeshore Medical Campus
  • Northside Rehabilitation
  • South Washington Rehabilitation
  • Zeeland Community Hospital
  • Holland Hospital

If any of you are interested in PT or OT and want to know
about my experience over the course of May, let me know and I will gladly tell
you about everything I’m doing. I am really excited for this opportunity, but
I’m not going to lie… I’m pretty nervous because it’s my responsibility to
represent Hope College, get there on time, be respectful, and present a positive
attitude. Regardless, this is an awesome opportunity and I strongly encourage
anyone to start looking for shadowing experience or internship opportunities as
soon as possible, because it will help in the long-run.

After my May terms are complete, I plan on taking the train
to Chicago and heading over to Northwestern University with some friends and
going to Dillo Day. I had no idea what this was until my friend told me about
it—it’s basically a huge concert at Northwestern on June 1. I’m super excited
for this because it will be the only time I will see my friends until next
Christmas break, so that one day is going to be awesome! After Chicago, I’m
heading back home to California and hopefully getting a job and just working
until it’s time to come back in August for JUNIOR YEAR!!!!

That’s just about it for this week! Don’t forget to follow
me on Twitter @hopeleslie15.

Published by Leslie Kempers

Hey Everyone! My name is Leslie Kempers and I am from Santa Ana, California. I am a Senior this year and am majoring in Exercise Science so after my time here at Hope, I will be pursuing a career in physical therapy! I have previously been involved with Nykerk and CASA and am excited to see what this year has in store for me. This place has become my second home and I have cherished every moment here at Hope College. Go Dutchmen!!!