What Up Michigannn

Well, I wasn’t sure if I would make it, but I made it through the week. Thankfully it is Friday and classes are over for the week. My parents are coming to Holland tonight, and I cannot wait to spend some time with them. I feel like I haven’t seen them in a really long time, but it has been less than a month. They are coming to bring me clothes for Florida and Mexico.

I leave on Thursday for Marco Island, Florida with my friend Grace. Hope has a winter break so we get the following Monday and Tuesday off school. Grace and I really wanted to enjoy our break and thought Florida would be the perfect place to do it.

During Spring break I am going on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico with eleven people from Hope and some people from my hometown. My dad wants to have an informational meeting with all of the Hope students attending the trip. I am so incredibly excited! Florida is in less than a week, and Mexico isn’t too far behind it.

Well on Wednesday afternoon my friend Marga and I drove to Ann Arbor for the Michigan vs. Indiana basketball game. We first ate dinner at my cousin’s house in Ann Arbor then headed to the game with my cousin and his friends. Michigan won and the game was a lot of fun! I had never been to a Michigan basketball game before, so I thought it was a great experience.

On the way home, Marga and I jammed out to music and enjoyed each other’s company. Of course, we stopped at Biggby on the way there and Starbucks on the way back. There is no such thing as a road trip without coffee!

Well that’s all I have for now! I’m excited to see my parents and I hope you all have a great weekend!!! 


Marga and I with our Biggby before the game!

What’s happening at Winter Happenings?

This weekend has been a blast. I have been able to relax and have a good time with my friends. On Friday afternoon I went to coffee with my friend and afterward we walked to our church Manna and attended a Downtown Student Fellowship meal. Manna hosts a meal and lecture for college students every other Friday night. We first have a meal together and hang out, and then we listen to one of the pastors discuss a certain topic. The topic for this week was dating, relationships, and marriage. After the pastor spoke for a little while we discussed at our table our thoughts regarding his speaking. Then he opened up the floor for questions, and people were able to share their opinions. I enjoyed listening to the pastor’s insight on marriage. He put the topic into a different light that I had not seen before.

After the talk, the girls headed over to Christ Memorial Church for Campus Ministries’ Women’s night out. The night consisted of games, good talks, sharing in small groups, cookies, soda, Lemonjello’s coffee, pizza, and of course a dance party. The night was a nice stress reliever and a great time to bond with friends and meet new people.  Friday night was a nice little escape from all the business. It felt good to chill with friends and gain new wisdom and insight. 

(HEI). We presented in front of several Alumni, faculty, and people from the community. I really enjoyed speaking about my summer project of Hope Grows to the audience. During the course of the summer I started Hope Grows, which helps the indigent children living in orphanages in Mexico grow their own sustainable food while teaching valuable life skills. Hope Grows is a program that is currently partnering with Amigos En Cristo, an established non-profit organization in Juarez, Mexico. Hope Grows desires to reach out to different orphanages and community centers to not simply give food away, but rather teach others how to grow their own food. 

Matt and I after the Winter Happening Presentation

After presenting we joined some alumni, faculty, and people from the community for the Winter Happenings luncheon. I really enjoyed networking at the luncheon and meeting several Hope Alumni. I also enjoyed sitting next to the president at our lunch table. 🙂

Love our Biggby

After the luncheon, my friends and I traveled to Grand Rapids because Ali’s family owns one of the Biggby in Grand Rapids. We studied for a little while and enjoyed a FREE super Biggby frozen vanilla bean drink. The free Biggby drink seriously brought so much joy to my day. If that wasn’t enough, Ali’s family met up with us in Grand Rapids and treated us for dinner at the Macaroni Grill. The food was incredible, and it was so great meeting Ali’s family. All five of us enjoyed a nice day out and spending it with Ali’s family, made the day even better.

Ali and I with our free drinks 🙂

Well, I have definitely had quite an eventful weekend. I am hoping to go to sleep soon to start off the week with enough rest. Hope you all have a great week! 



Birthday, Birthday, So much Birthday!

Hello Everyone!

I hope all is well. This past weekend was packed with fun. I’ll fill you more on what I did later this week, but today I’m going to highlight Grace’s 20th birthday. Her birthday was on Sunday. My roommate Amy and I woke up and drove to Grandville to bring Grace Biggby coffee, because she absolutely loves Biggby. When we arrived at her dorm with coffee she was so excited! Then we ate in Phelps with her. While we were eating some of the guys in her dorm decorated her room with streamers and balloons.

In the afternoon, Grace and I ran for a long time and enjoyed the most beautiful weather. It was sunny and in the 70’s. We also had a great running discussion. I love our talks when we run. We are right now in training for a half marathon in Nashville on November 12. I love running with Grace and training together, it helps the time pass by much faster.

City Vu in downtown. We all enjoyed an absolutely delicious meal. The meal even came with a free carrot cake dessert for her birthday!

Hope you all have wonderful weeks!


Study Buddies!


Classes are starting to take off and the homework is quickly piling up on my plate. However, I really enjoy the work for my classes so far. Many of my friends are in my classes so we spend a lot of time together outside of classes working on homework together. I absolutely love doing homework with other people, I don’t know why but I concentrate so much more. We typically study for about 30 minutes in a classroom on campus then break and talk for about 10 minutes. I really enjoy studying in Martha Miller, the communication building at Hope, because there are a lot of open classrooms. Here are some pictures of a group of us studying in a classroom.

I also enjoy studying off campus. Yesterday, my friend Grace and I had the most wonderful day. We first attended church then ate lunch in Phelps. We then decided to drive to Grandville and study at Biggby Coffee. After a couple hours of studying we took a break and ran around Grandville for five miles. Then we relocated to Barnes & Noble and spent some time reading there. Our final location ended at Panera where we ate and finished reading our book for Leadership class. During the trip back to campus we stopped at 7-11 and devoured some delicious slurpess, it was the perfect ending to our great day! Below is a picture of us drinking our frappuccinos from Biggby.