Spring break and Stay-cation

My dad and I
My dad and I
Beautiful Colorado!
Beautiful Colorado!
ski time!
ski time!
Stay-cation Highlights
Stay-cation Highlights

Well, it is that time of year when the snow is finally starting to melt and spring is among us. Here in Holland we still have some large snow piles left, but the sun is making its way outside. Since I am not in classes this semester I was not able to take off for Spring Break. Thankfully one of my other housemates who also graduated at semester stayed in the house for the week. During the day we would go to work and in the evenings we: cooked dinner together, watched the sunset at the beach, tried out MVP Sports Club since the Dow was closed, tried new face masks, watched a documentary, attended kickboxing class, and mostly relaxed. It was kind of nice to have the house to ourselves and spend a lot of time together.

The week after Spring Break my dad and I took a trip with his company to Snowmass, Colorado. The mountains were beautiful and spending time with my dad was a lot of fun. We skied every day and thankfully had sunny days with the temperature around 50 degrees. We ate at some of the best restaurants and tried new food. One of the days we explored Aspen and shopped downtown. My dad really loves Colorado and skis in Snowmass every year. This was my first time skiing in Colorado so my dad was very patient with me and helped me with my form. After skiing in Colorado I think it will be more difficult to want to ski in the midwest.

During the week my dad and I also met new people through his company. There were financial advisors from all of the country who chose Colorado as their place to vacation. We had three group dinners during the week and one of the nights they took us to club house where I went on my first carriage ride. I think the best part of the trip was spending quality time with my dad. It is pretty rare that I get alone time with him so I definitely appreciate any time I get to spend with my dad.

Well I am about to head to work. I’m trying to embrace my last couple weeks at Hope. Time is flying! Graduation is just right around the corner… I think during my next blog I will highlight some of the things I have learned most at Hope.

Have an awesome week!

Let the Countdown Begin!

How in the world am I graduating in just 2 short weeks?!?! When people say that time at college flies, they really are not kidding. I also was not planning on graduating early until this past summer. Thankfully, I will be staying in Holland hopefully until August, so I will still be able to enjoy second semester with friends. I just will not be attending classes. Next semester I plan on working part time and also taking a of couple trips. The trips I have planned so far include: Disney World with my best friend Grace in Florida, mission trip to Juarez, Mexico, with Hope students over Spring Break, and a ski trip with just my dad to Snowmass, Colorado. So many exciting new adventures to come!

I just found out recently that I will be working with Edward Jones as a Financial Advisor starting in June. After I finish studying for the series 7 and 66 exams, I am moving to St. Louis, MO for a 7-month training program. It It feels kind of surreal to know what I will be doing after graduation. I worked as an intern this past summer with Edward Jones, and that helped become familiar with the company.

Now that my time as a student is winding down, I have been reflecting upon all of the wonderful experiences I have had at Hope. Hope College has helped me grow in ways that I never knew I needed growing. The community and people are what makes this place so special.

Now, with just a few short weeks left, I still have many papers to finish and tests to prepare for with major studying. The last couple weeks of the semester are always full with school work, but I am going to enjoy my final weeks as a Hope student!

Hope's first annual lighting of the Christmas tree
Hope’s first annual lighting of the Christmas tree
Steph, Ali, and I during the last gathering
Steph, Ali, and I during the last gathering
Colin and I
Colin and I
Amy will always be my roommate
Amy will always be my roommate
Catherine and I
Catherine and I

Everyone’s Favorite Day!

Despite many exams, assignments, and projects being due on Friday, everyone still loves Friday. I can guarantee it is everyone’s favorite day (in the weekday of course!) If you’re reading this, give yourself a pat on the back. You made it through this week. I know for some, it was just such a draining week. I know it was for me. This week, I didn’t have any big exams, but I had so much busy work. Talk about redundant. Anyway, with all of that said, I’m glad I made it to Friday. Maybe I’ll play “Friday” by Rebecca Black…

Anyways, I’m so glad this week is over. All of my assignments are done, I took care of myself, and I didn’t get sick! I feel like everyone is coming down with something. I ran twice this week, which also made me feel great despite my heavy load of work!

7 MILES!
7 MILES!

On Tuesday, I ran 7 miles, because I could. It was such a nice day for a run because it was beautiful, warm, and sunny. I also beat a PR of mine, which was even more encouraging. I know this sounds CRAZY but the following day, I ran 3.22 miles with a friend.

3.22 Miles!
3.22 Miles!

So all in all, I ran a little more than 10 miles this week! And on top of that, I wake up early to workout in the mornings. Seriously though, I recommend just getting active and moving around. You’ll feel great, be more energized, and less stressed! Speaking of which, if you haven’t read my blog on stress, you should! CLICK HERE! Anyways, today is a very special day for three reasons. 1) IT’S NOVEMBER! 2) IT’S CHELSEA’S 22nd BIRTHDAY and 3) IT’S NATE’S BIRTHDAY! Ok, so I am a little biased, they’re some of my amazing friends, but today is going to be all about them! You might know Chelsea because she is a fellow blogger! CLICK HERE to go to her blog page! It’s got great content, I definitely recommend it! Anyways, I can’t wait until my classes are done because we are going to spend some time together celebrating.

It's Chelsea and me!
It’s Chelsea and me!
Nate and me, and this sums up our friendship!
Nate and me, and this sums up our friendship!

I’m so thankful it’s Friday. If you want to read more about other Hope College students, make sure you check out the Life in Orange and Blue Blog Page. There are some great posts and college advice and life. Time for me to get ready so I can tackle the day. If you get a chance today, make sure you just stop, breathe, and think for a moment. Be thankful for life, family, and friends. Count your blessings, and give thanks for the little things! That really get’s me motivated! If you haven’t done so already read some of my other blogs! Follow me on TWITTER! Feel free to ask questions about anything. I’m here to help! Also, spread the word about this post! Have a great Friday!

Final Thoughts for a Phenomenal Year

I cannot believe the time has come…. I’m officially done with my sophomore year. As I sit and reflect this past year, I could not be more thankful than to have spent my time at Hope College. I have grown in so many aspects of my life. The new friends I have made this year will always hold a special place in heart. I truly am grateful for the many blessings God poured out onto me this year. The inviting and loving community at Hope helped me grow in my relationship with God. Hope College offers more than just a great education; it also provides an awesome atmosphere for people to grow in their faith.

I love to goof off with my best friends and also be able to grow spiritually with them. College is such a unique experience, because you laugh, learn, play, sleep, grow, discover, study, and develop into the person you wish to be all with people surrounding you. This past year has been such a blast, and the list of fun and memorable moments never ends. Junior year has a lot of high expectations already.

I am already excited to start off the new year and spend time with my friends. I don’t even want to begin to think about graduating my senior year. Hope has played such a huge role in my life, and I have only been here two years. I cannot even imagine the impact it will have served on my life after four years. I believe each year will only improve. This summer I am going to take some time to write down some goals for me during the school year. I want to be able to look back at my goals and see what I accomplished. I believe every day holds an opportunity for growth and development, and right now in my life Hope College is providing me a solid foundation for it.

Words cannot express how thankful I am to be at such an awesome place. I believe college is helping to mold and shape me into the person God wants me to be.  

Emily & I at the Spring Fling!

Reveerts Cottage 2012-2013

President Bultman and Martie at the Last Gathering

Thankful to be at Hope =]

In honor of Thanksgiving I thought I would write about what I am most thankful for at Hope.

  • Friends- The people I have met here are seriously amazing. I have been here only a little over a year, but I already feel like I have made some life long friends. I am grateful I get to sleep, study, play, eat, and grow with my friends here.
  • Chapel/The Gathering– Since I have come to college I have been able to grow in my faith. I am so thankful for the chapel services every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I also enjoy worshipping among such Godly people at the Gathering.
  • Professors– My professors here have been so kind, understanding, and helpful. I have not had a teacher I did not like, and I am so thankful for the time they have invested in me.
  • Dorm Life– Gilmore Hall has been an amazing place to live. The girls are always very encouraging, positive, and upbeat. Whenever I am having a bad day; it does not take long before some one there is able to help cheer me up.
  • Beautiful town– Holland is a wonderful place to live. The people here are very excepting and make the town small and charming. I love living so close to beaches, and I love running throughout the scenic nature. 
  • Food– Always plenty of food to go around along with several options. I enjoy eating in Phelps everyday and having a variety of different delicious dishes.
  • Opportunities for involvement– I am so glad I have been able to get plugged in here with different activities including: student congress, volunteer services, LdOut3, ASI consulting, and of course blogging 🙂
  • Community– Probably the best part of Hope is the friendly and welcoming people. I honestly have never met such nice and genuine people. Hope is not a cutthroat environment, and people generally help each other out so every one can exceed.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and truly take time to be thankful for all of you blessings. Have a great day!

Sunset at the beach

State Park beach in Holland

Love the Gilmore Girls

Reunited with Hope Friends!

Yet again, I was reunited with some more Hope friends this past weekend. Three of my friends who are working at Spring Hill Camp this summer came to visit. Also, two of my friends drove from Indiana. We were all reunited. We walked the streets of downtown Holland Saturday morning. Following a visit to Lemonjello’s with Froggy’s. We filled up on coffee and burgers before heading to the beach, which was filled with people.

Holland really livens up during the summer months. I had never seen so many people at the beach in Holland. The weather was absolutely beautiful. We soaked up some rays, swam in the water, and walked along the beach. After the beach, we dined at the Brewery downtown. The food tasted great and hit the spot after a long day. After dinner, we sat in the Pine Grove and talked for hours.

Once I arrived back at my house, my housemate and I decided to grab a midnight snack from Meijer. We devoured a container of ice cream and finished off a package of cookies. Thank goodness Meijer is only a short distance from campus.

I probably take at least five trips to Meijer during the summer. However, I almost always bike there. I really have enjoyed riding my bike lately. I never used to ride my bike in high school, but bring your bike to college!

Yesterday I was telling my cousin what she should bring to college. I’ll be sending out a blog post soon about what to pack and how I packed all of my things into my mom’s mini van. It was quite a challenge but ended well. 

I need to get back to work. I hope you all have great weeks! Here are some pictures from my recent bike rides:

Holidays in Michigan

Hey!

This past Monday I spent the fourth of July with some of my friends from Hope at my friend’s house in Kalamazoo. I also spent Memorial Day with the same people. We are starting to grow very close and really enjoy spending time together. On the fourth of July, I met up with some of my Hope friends who live in Michigan. We went out on my friend’s boat and enjoyed the nice weather. 

After boating and swimming, we enjoyed the typical American cookout. My friends and I devoured the watermelon in seconds! Afterwards we spent some more time in the lake and then warmed up in the hot tub. We watched the fireworks of Gull Lake from my friend’s dock. It was a beautiful evening, and I had such a great time with my friends. 

Tonight some of my Hope friends are coming up to Holland to spend the weekend with me. Of course, we will be going to the beach and walking around Holland. Last night I spent two hours long boarding with some friends from work at Tunnel Park. We even saw our professor riding his bike. Many people were out enjoying the park last night. I really have enjoyed all of Holland’s nice attractions during the summer. I am glad I decided to live here for the summer. My job has been a lot of fun, and I have met a lot of cool new people. If any of you get the opportunity to stay in Holland for a summer for either research, work, or school, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the opportunity of living in Holland for the summer. It’s a fun place! 

Until next time,

Colleen

Sarah and I on the Fourth of July!

Hope Friends. Nothing Better.

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying summer! Life in Holland has been excellent. I would like to tell you a little bit about my friends from Hope and the people here. Some of you may be incoming freshmen who are nervous about making friends right away. I definitely was nervous about making new friends at college. I was one of those people who loved high school and grew up in a close-knit community. I felt nervous the summer before my freshmen year, because I feared losing my high school friends and not connecting right away with the people in college.

A great thing about being a freshman in general is that everyone is in the same boat as you. Everyone is new, and everyone is looking for some new friends. During orientation you will meet so many new people and no one really knows anyone. After orientation, I really felt like I was beginning to form new friendships. The people at Hope are so welcoming and kind. I am still good friends with my orientation leader from last year.

I love the people so much at Hope that I am here for the summer. I still am close with my high school friends, but it is so nice to meet new people and form new friendships.

It feels crazy to me that I have not known any of these people for even a full year, but I consider some of them my best friends. I have visited my friends from Hope several times this summer. It is also nice because my good friend Grace lives in Kalamazoo so I drive down to see her, and she also comes here to visit. Last weekend we had a fun sleepover. All in less than 24 hours, we went out to dinner, hung out in the hot tub, visited another friend from Hope, watched a movie, ran in the woods, swam in the lake, grabbed coffee at Biggby, enjoyed pedicures, ate sushi, and just chilled together. We definitely packed a lot of activities in such a short time.

I am so thankful for the wonderful friendships I have made in just attending Hope for one year. I look forward for more friendships to come. So if you are an incoming freshman, no worries…. The people at Hope are friendly and welcoming!

Have a great week!

Pictures with my friend Grace!