Easter Weekend

As everyone is well aware, Easter was this past weekend and I had the opportunity to get off-campus and actually celebrate. Instead of going home like everyone else, I ended up at my friend Anna’s house in Grand Rapids. Her family was kind enough to welcome me into their home and allow me to celebrate this important holiday with all of their relatives.

Since we didn’t have school on Friday, Anna and I left campus Thursday afternoon and made our way to her house. We ended up attending a church service that night and enjoyed some lovely homemade lasagna (haven’t had something fresh like that in quite a while so it was definitely a treat). The rest of the evening involved just sitting around and watching a movie in which both Anna and I fell asleep half way into because we were so exhausted from that week. Anyway, Friday we got on our study grind and were actually productive, which is surprising because usually that never happens. We dedicated a good chunk of the day doing that and eventually made our way into downtown Grand Rapids and enjoyed hanging out with some of her friends. It was pretty uneventful, but exactly what we needed since we are leading up to finals.

On Saturday, it was Anna’s uncle’s birthday so we met up with about 50 of her relatives to celebrate his birthday. It was a little overwhelming because I was the only one not related to people at the party. Therefore, we pretended I was and I became Anna’s “cousin” and it nearly fooled a few people. Even though it wasn’t my family, I still enjoyed myself and meeting a bunch of new people and hearing the funny stories associated with a lot of her relatives. This shindig took up a majority of the afternoon but Anna and I still managed to muster up some energy to go shopping for a few hours. I rarely ever splurge, but I have to admit I went a little crazy buying new clothes (in my defense it was more work attire that I needed to buy anyway). It’s easy to say we were pretty tired by the end of it all, so Anna and I just lounged around and watched The Butler. If you haven’t seen it or heard about it, it’s actually really good and made me cry at the end. Saying that I cried during a movie is really saying something, because I don’t typically get emotionally invested in either books or movies.

Sundays are always the worst because it’s a reminder that school is the next day. However, Anna and I didn’t let that get us down because we went to a nice church service that morning and then had a delicious brunch with some of her relatives. This crowd of relatives was much smaller, which was nice because I was able to actually get to know them a little bit. Eventually everyone left and Anna and I took a quick nap and did a tad bit more homework and made our way back to campus. This long weekend was really needed but it was also a reminder of how close we are to the end of the semester and finals. With all of the stress everyone is experiencing right now, everyone just needs to tell themselves, “take one day at a time.” Best of luck with studying everybody!

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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!!!

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