Finding Your “Thing” at Hope College

Whether it’s friends, clubs, or a major, finding your “thing” in college can be a daunting task. With about 80 different clubs and student groups at Hope College, you have plenty to choose from! Here are some tips that will hopefully help you determine what “thing” is right for you.  

  1. Think about your interests.

Are you an athlete? You don’t have to be on a Hope varsity team to play sports here; there are many intramural options. Maybe trying to make the world a better place is more your style? There are community service organizations on campus that can help you do your part for the world.

It doesn’t have to be something you did in high school or something you’ve tried before. It could be something you’ve never even heard of before, like this thing we have called “The Pull.” You think you know what a tug-of-war is? Think again. The Pull is a whole new level of tug-of-war, and one of the nation’s oldest standing college traditions!

  1. Try, try, and try again!

There is no better time than college to step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Remember, if you try something and it isn’t working out for you, you don’t have to stick with it. Part of the college experience is exploring things you may not have had the opportunity to do before. Try it out and if you don’t like it, if it doesn’t fit in your schedule, or if it simply isn’t for you, don’t be afraid to step away from it. That’s okay.  

Currently, I am involved in YoungLife, Greek Life, Nykerk, and I have an on-campus job. But my “things” didn’t come right away. My freshman year I was involved in a handful of other activities like intramural sports, Habitat for Humanity and Ski & Snowboard Club. Do I play intramural badminton anymore? No, but it was a great experience to explore and I met some great friends! It’s important to figure out what fits best for you and your schedule.

  1. Hope has many resources to help you find your place.
  • At the beginning of each year there is an Activities and Volunteer Fair. This is an exciting opportunity that allows you to explore all the organizations Hope College has to offer.

    Hope College students hold their annual Activity Fair in the Pine Grove on Hope’s campus.
  • The Student Activities Committee (commonly referred to as SAC) is an awesome organization on campus that plans fun student activities for everyone on campus.
  • Stuck on which major to choose? Stop by the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career. They can help you identify your strengths and find which educational or occupational path may be right for you.
  • And, don’t forget to check out this list of all the clubs and organizations Hope has to offer! 
  1. Try not to worry about finding your “thing” right away!

You may find the activity, club, major, etc. you love to do right away, but it may take a year or two. Take the time to explore different options and don’t be afraid to ask for help, I promise you will find your “thing” eventually!

57 Playlists: A Dissection of Music – Different Activities

Happy Sunday, Readers! How ya doing? Feeling the stress of finals already? I sure am… I’m five papers and one portfolio deep in words, words, words. So I’m about to give you some more words to read! Here’s my second post about music, except this time we’ll be dissecting the different types of music to listen to while doing different activities. Let’s get started!

Scenario 1: What am I doing? Working out, any time of the day. Mood: ENERGETIC. Lots of energy whenever I decide to work out or go on a run. For this, we need something very upbeat to get through the endless circles  at the Dow or crunches in your bedroom.

The ideal music choices we have for working out are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Epic Roadtrip
  • Band: Twenty One Pilates or Beyoncé (you can never go wrong)
  • Song: Sorry // Justin Bieber

Scenario 2: What am I doing? Walking to work, 8:00 a.m. Mood: Taking into account the chilly air and the sleepiness  from waking up just 37 minutes ago, my mood is unmotivated. For this activity, we need something that’s a little deeper and soulful. Not quite upbeat, but not so dreary that I fall back asleep on my long walk.

So the ideal music choices we have to fit the mornings are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Winter Acoustics
  • Band: James Bay
  • Song: Maybe Sparrow // Neko Case

Scenario 3: What am I doing? Anything around my house (maybe cleaning or doing laundry) or in the library between the dates of November 27th and December 26th. Mood: Christmas joy. During this time of the year, the best music is Christmas music, am I right? For these types of activities, we need straight up holiday jingles. But lets give it a twist because the classics get a little worn out.

The ideal music choices we have to bum around the house and be jolly are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Folksy Christmas
  • Band: Sufjan Stevens (His whole Christmas album is gold)
  • Song: Christmas Isn’t Christmas // The Boy Least Likely To OR Once in Royal David’s City // Sufjan Stevens (can’t get enough!)

And there you have it for what to listen to for different activities as you go throughout your day! Try these different tunes out and let me know if you have any suggestions for me. I love getting new stuff to listen to!

Enjoy this last week before finals, Readers!

Until next time!


Events to Look Forward To!!!

Hello everybody! I hope your week has been going well and I thank you for sitting down for a moment and reading my blog! With the new semester well underway, I figured it would be nice to outline some big events going on in the upcoming weeks. Since I live with a member of the SAC (Student Activities Committee), I’m always aware of the major activities going on around campus and even off-campus. Here’s a list of some of the things in January and February that are happening:

  • January 17: This night happens to be Winter Fantasia! It’s a winter dance that is held in Grand Rapids and is open to any student who wishes to go and doesn’t require you to have a date or any dancing skills. There is always yummy food and photo booths that keep people entertaining when you aren’t dancing and laughing with friends.
  • January 23: The Hypnotist—each year, a hypnotist comes to campus and puts on an amazing show that makes people crack up! This is one of my favorite events because the hypnotist is able to make the group on stage do hilarious things that make no sense but are super entertaining.
  • January 30: Hope’s hockey team plays against Davenport! Hockey games are always a popular event because we tend to have a really good team and it’s a fun activity to go to that is slightly off campus. Being able to escape campus just for a bit is a nice treat once in a while, but make sure to dress warmly!
  • February 13: SAC puts on a visit to Skyzone. If you are not familiar with this, it’s an indoor trampoline arena that has trampolines everywhere so you just bounce around with friends until your legs can no longer manage to jump anymore. If you’re looking for an event that allows you to get a good workout, definitely look into going to this!
  • February 20: Dodgeball Tournament! Along with the Skyzone, this activity requires a bit of a workout as well. A huge dodgeball tournament is put on in the Dow involving any students that want to put together a team. This event gets pretty intense once it gets down to the semifinals, so even if you don’t want to participate, it’s a fun atmosphere to be around.
  • February 28: Since there will most likely still be plenty of snow and cold in the end of February, the next event planned is going to Grand Rapids and ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. It’s nice to get out of Holland at times, so grabbing your friends and some ice skates is a fun afternoon.

This about sums up the events taking place through February, but there are plenty more later into the semester such as Dance Marathon, the Really Big Talent Show and Spring Fling. I always love knowing the events going on around campus so I have fun things to look forward to at the end of a stressful week. Hopefully these activities spark an interest and we see you there soon!

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @hopeleslie15.

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This year, I am thankful for family.

Here is my SAC family!
Here is my SAC family!

Despite that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, we should always be thankful for what we have, and not reserve these thanks for one day out of the year. Everyday is Thanksgiving. We are thankful for life, opportunities, freedom and much more.

Psalm 9:1 – “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.”

Family for encompasses many factors. I have my immediate family and extended family. But I also consider my student organization (Student Activities Committee) my family at Hope. Having a support system away from home is so essential in the formative college years, and I am happy to be part of a large, caring family. Whether you’re in a time of need, need that extra push, or just need encouragement to get you through the week, they’re constantly there.

That is the Hope Difference. So many of the students here are plugged into the community and are part of other organizations on campus, which essentially is another family. Soon enough, you’ll find yourselves within different families, and to have this every step of the way with you will help in success.

So with my SAC fambam, we had a large, Thanksgiving-style dinner. We went all out with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. You name it, it was probably there. After much socialization, dancing, and just being in each others presence, we had a pow-wow and just said what we were thankful for. Then with any large group of friends, you’re bound to take endless amounts of pictures, and that is what we did exactly.

Moral of the story: Hope College truly fosters a genuine community with the institution itself and among its many organizations. During my four years here, it has been evident to me that these groups made my college experience that much better. Want to know what the community is like? Schedule yourself a visit. You won’t regret it.

If you have any other questions, or want to see what life is like at Hope, check out my twitter page at @HopeMarvin15 and Instagram at: MarvSolberg. In the meanwhile, check out these pictures from SACsgiving!

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Hope College SAC

Many students here at Hope College are really involved in not only their academics, but also in many social aspects of school. One important organization I am involved in (and I’m not saying it’s important because I’m in it) is Student Activities Committee, or SAC for short. This organization is a backbone to student life here at Hope, and I can really see that as a director for this organization. It takes a good chunk of my time, but I do it because I absolutely enjoy and love it!

SAC plans events for students practically every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursdays, we have a coffeehouse where students can enjoy socializing while student musicians perform. It really produces a smooth and social atmosphere; many students come because they love it so much! On Friday and Saturday, SAC also hosts Films. These movies that we show have not been released on DVD and are out of the theaters. The best part is that they’re cheap!! Other than films on the weekends, we also have a variety of events, such as musicians, performers, activities, and trips. I mean, who wouldn’t want to come to these events!?

One awesome thing my co-director Tara and myself were a part of was a SAC retreat we had just this past weekend. All of SAC went to the “Into the Woods” retreat center located in West Olive, MI. Oh my goodness, it was such a blast in that we got a lot of business work done, and we had plenty of time to form relationships with each other. I’m a supporter of team bonding, and boy did we do some of that! There’s a slideshow below with some of our retreat pictures!! It was just a great experience, and it provided the team with a great baseline for the beginning of the academic year.

I am beyond excited to grow, direct, and learn with SAC this year. The organization itself has a lot of exciting events planned for the school year. If you have any questions regarding about the many student organizations on campus, let me know! If you haven’t already, follow me on TWITTER! Thanks for reading friends!

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