A Four Day Week

Hey folks! I know that Hope students are particularly happy that today is our last day of the week because tomorrow is Good Friday! I just have one more class, then it’s time for home. I am thankful that it warmed back up again, because there was snow on the ground Monday and Tuesday. Mother Nature, excuse me? Although it was only a four-day week, it was LONG. Why? Probably because I had so much going on. Anyway, I just want to give you all a recap of what happened this week!

MONDAY: Well last Monday was supposed to be our last Monday of clinical, but my professor wanted us to go back to the hospital to gain more hours and do more skills. At first, I thought it was pointless, but I’m so thankful that I was there! Being around patients and helping others is just awesome. After clinical, it was back to campus to do homework, and a lot of it. As the semester winds down, I want to finish as much as I can so I have all the time in the world to study. After a long night of homework, there was at least one inch of snow on the ground. That made me particularly angry. Here’s a picture.

Why?
Why?

After seeing the snow, I knew it was time for bed. I could not look at it one more second!

TUESDAY: We also had clinical Tuesday, and this was my best day at clinical yet. It was also our last, so it was really convenient! On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to start an IV, and I got it in the vein on my first try, EVER! So I got bragging rights. That’s all I could think about! I mean, I took care of my patients, and I kept busy, so time flew. But again, all I could think about is how I got that IV stick in the first try. I can’t wait to be a nurse!!!

WEDNESDAY: Wednesdays are usually the worst, in that I start at 8:30 in the morning and go until 5:00 pm. So my Wednesdays go like this: wake up, shower, eat, class, chapel, lunch, class, and class. Looks so eventful, doesn’t it! I wish I could say more about  my Wednesdays, but I can’t. Haha!

I have chosen more questions for my last “Dear Abby” post of the semester, so keep out on the lookout for that post! If you haven’t already, make sure you follow me on twitter at @HopeMarvin15 and check out my Instagram at MarvSolberg. I like to post pictures of the campus buildings 🙂 Have a great Thursday everyone!

The Final Days

Oh my goodness, just one more Monday after this one. It’s crazy to believe that the school year is finally winding down. When you, the new admitted students, come to Hope, your time will fly by. Make every second count! It’s hard for me to believe that I’m going to be a senior nursing major really soon. Being a senior just really seems like a foreign concept to me! But I am just so excited and ready!

If you were here this past Saturday, thank you for coming to Admitted Students Day! It was such a blast to be able to start your morning as an emcee. Yeah, isn’t that a weird spelling for emcee? I always thought it was “MC…” Back to the point, I hope you were able to attend you academic session and see how academics work at Hope College. I also hope you had fun enjoying the social aspect of Hope. Now I know a lot of you had fun. But just imagine, that will be YOU having fun EVERYDAY starting this August! It was so great to meet some you as well, and I can’t wait to see you around campus next year!

Anyways, this weekend was eventful and busy, but a good busy. On Friday was the Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance. What a cool thing to go to! A bunch of my friends had research to present, so I attended for moral support. It was also SO AWESOME to see how much Hope College invests in undergraduate research. Not many schools do this, but Hope does and it’s evident because we’re ranked in the top 10 for undergraduate research! Afterwords, a bunch of friends and myself went to some dunes here in Holland to appreciate Mother Nature. And it was a perfect day because it was warm and sunny. I forgot that there was sun and warmth, thanks Mother Nature! At the dunes, we watched the sunset and enjoyed the company of each other. After, we went to get some frozen yogurt, because who doesn’t like frozen yogurt? Then, we watched a movie after. To say the least, I actually had a social life Friday!

Then, Saturday was Admitted Students Day, and I was able to emcee for that which was awesome. I definitely want to do that next year! Working for Admissions is seriously a blessing. Being a part of admissions is just very rewarding! Then, I had a 3-hour CPR renewal class. Following this class, I went to a sorority formal with one of my great friends! Saturday was very busy and eventful!

Sunday was a day for catching up on work and just relaxing. Believe it or not, I started packing my stuff already! Because this Friday is Good Friday, there is no school, so I get to leave Thursday. I’m just going to bring a lot of my belongings home, so when it’s actually time to part for summer vacation, I won’t have that much! I just can’t believe I’m already packing. This just means I’m one day closer to a summer of a lifetime! Alrighty friends, that’s it for now! Keep posted, I’m going to post soon! Thanks!

Dear Abby #2

Hey Hope 2018! As I promised, here is my second Dear Abby post. I hope that I answered your questions well! And remember, if you have any more, shoot me a direct message on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15.

What was the transition like from high school to college?

Well, I remember after high school graduation, I felt free. I finally had a summer that I did not need to worry about high school stuff. Anyways, that summer before college was busy and hectic, though. I was constantly with friends because we knew we would all split up because we chose different colleges. On top of being with friends, I was working, too. So that took up a good chunk of time. Also during that summer, I had to do some last minute things for Hope.

Back when I was a freshman, housing and class sign-up were a little different. I got my housing card in the summer and also signed up for my classes at that time (I think….it’s almost been 4 years). Anyways, being with friends, working, and doing last minute “college” things made the summer itself busy. But remember, although you may not be going to college with your best friends, it’s important to keep on open mind. I had a friend, who was already in college, and told me that piece of advice. 1) Keep an open mind and 2) It’s a new way to start clean. Keeping an open mind will make your transition so much easier. If you are stuck in your old ways, meeting new people and immersing yourself in the college culture will prove somewhat different. And college is a great way to start anew. Don’t worry about the labels you had in high school. If you carry this baggage with you to school, it might be rough at first. Just remember, college is so much better.

How on earth are you paying for Hope? I want to go so bad, and it’s my top choice, but I don’t know how I am going to pay for it!!

Great question. I asked the same question when I was in incoming freshman. Let me tell you this first, paying for Hope is possible. Don’t let that tuition number scare you. Like with any school, there’s a reason why they have their tuition established as so. Anyways, Hope offers many scholarships. Many of the popular ones include the academic scholarships and fine arts scholarships. Not to mention the great financial aid packages they tailor to you. Another thing you can do is apply for jobs throughout campus. This will definitely help. Some advice for you freshmen out there, go to your high school counselor’s office and locate any scholarship opportunities in your area. Different clubs and organizations, and schools themselves have scholarships available for you. You will definitely regret not taking advantage of that. Ultimately, what I’m trying to say is that paying for Hope is feasible. Don’t fret and take a deep breath. God will makes things work out!

From the Hope 2018 page, it seems as if everyone knows their major already. I don’t even know what to study. What should I do?

Another great question. That’s the benefit of Hope. They have many established programs that draw students, including but not limited to nursing, engineering, education, and education. For some students, they’ve known what they wanted to do since they were fetuses. But for the majority, people are unsure of what they want to do. Including myself! I had the intention of doing the pre-med track with a major in biology or chemistry. Even though I really enjoyed those classes, it just did not feel right. I am so glad that I found the nursing route. I could implement my interest in the health science with the caring aspect. With that being said, Hope is a great place, especially with those students who are undecided. Because of its root in the liberal arts, students are introduced to many disciplines of learning. There is just so much exploration in each field. And from here, students make their decisions on what they want to do. And because of the liberal arts mindset, many people change their majors, sometimes more than once! Don’t fret my friend. You will find your calling.

LAST, BUT NOT LEAST!

I am a straight A student at my high school. Will college be like this?

Honest question, I like that! Let me be honest with you. Many students have the intention that they will do as well as they did in high school. That’s just not the case. Just because you got all A’s does not mean the same will happen in college. I know, I sound mean. But I also was a honor student in high school, but just the context and difficulty of college classes made me work even harder for a better grade. It is possible to get all As in college. You just have to be super committed and timely. Although doing well is always a plus, it is important to know that just because you don’t do well in a class or an assignment does not mean its the end of the world. There is a purpose for everything. My biggest advice for you, and everyone, is that you should study, read, and work hard. Getting an A is much harder in college.

There you go, folks. Keep asking questions, I would love to answer them!!

#Hope2018

Hashtag Hope 2018. You’re in, but what now?

Before I answer that, you have NO idea how excited I am for the Hope College Class of 2018. Me, along with the student bloggers have been glued to the Hope College Facebook App answering your questions and introducing ourselves. It’s quite fun. What I am most excited about is the diversity of this class. I can already tell that every admitted student has something to bring to the table — that’s why you’ve been accepted to this fine institution! But what’s so fun to see is what every single one of you are interested in. From music, to languages, to pre-professional health studies, NURSING (my major!) and many more majors, everyone has different interests for different reasons, and it’s just awesome to read why. This is going to be one awesome group.

Ok, you are in, what now? As 2014 sneaks in on us, it’s time to fill out the FAFSA, or the Free Application For Federal Student Aid. Make sure you have your, and your family’s tax info on this! Filling this out determines the amount of financial aid you receive. Also, Hope College also has it’s own “FAFSA” called the SAF, or Supplemental Application for Financial Aid. I strongly recommend filling both of these out. They can help pay for your education! Right now, a head start on filling out financial aid papers is beneficial!

Another thing you admitted students should do is look for scholarships, either through your high school academic counseling office, or national ones. Whatever scholarships you may apply for, take advantage of them. Again, they can help you pay for school — it reduces your overall cost!

For the students who are interested in the performing arts, make sure you seek out Hope College’s Distinguished Artist Awards. Eligible students can receive $2,500 each year in a performing arts discipline. Click here for more details!

One of the most important things you can do, if you are truly committed to Hope College, is to start to get to know people from your class through the Hope College Facebook App! You can meet students, just like you, from your hometown or who share your same interests. If you also haven’t visited the campus already, I STRONGLY suggest calling admissions and make an appointment for a visit! It’s going to be your school in a matter of months, so why not, right!? For some of you, you have been living vicariously through our blogs and twitter accounts. To really make Hope life become a reality, stay with a Hope student for a weekend! You can experience what it is like being on campus and seeking out opportunities to do many activities throughout campus and Holland!

Again, if you are truly committed to this awesome institution, you can even send in your deposit! But that’s only if you are ready! So Hope College Class of 2018, it may seem like a long ways, but before you know it, it will be Orientation. I want to welcome and congratulate you on your acceptance again, and I can’t wait to see you here at Hope!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can also follow me on twitter at @HopeMarvin15.

GO DUTCH!