Death by Winter Fantasia

I realize that Winter Fantasia was a week ago, but I wanted to share my awesome experience with you all. Firstly, Winter Fantasia is an event hosted by Student Activities Committee, or SAC for short where people eat and dance in Grand Rapids’ Amway Grand Hotel. It’s great because you get to dress up and kill it on the dance floor. Let me tell you, I ate copious amounts of food and really killed it on the dance floor.

I am so proud of my organization, SAC, for planning out this event. It took so much work, time, and energy. I applaud you, SAC! Seeing as it was my last Winter Fantasia, I went all out. I ate at an Italian restaurant just outside of Grand Rapids with friends, then I ate some more at the event. Followed by the dancing of course. Another way in which I went gung-ho was that I wore a BOWTIE, WITH ANCHORS. Wow, so Hope, right?!

It was great to be with friends. Many many many pictures were taken, many memories were made, and many laughs were a given. Winter Fantasia, you did it again.

But as you may have noticed, the title says, “Death by Winter Fantasia.” Why death? Because it took so much out of me. I feel as if I can generalize to others because it took out so many people. So much food, so much dancing, staying up late. And yes, being up past midnight is now late. That was merely not the case freshman year.

Anyway, after I drove back to Holland, it was around 1:00 AM and I was beyond ready for sleep. I hopped into bed at around 1:30 AM and I slept like a ROCK. I slept in like it was my business; recuperation is key. But ultimately, all college students are sleep-deprived so no matter how long I slept, I was still tired. To be so exhausted after an amazing event like Winter Fantasia is so totally worth it.

Check out these fun pictures from Winter Fantasia of me and my awesome friends. If you want to see what Hope life is like for me, make sure to follow me on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15 or on Instagram at MarvSolberg. My life is interesting so I say the follow is worth it!

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In Love With Winter Fantasia

Upon first meeting me, you probably wouldn’t think that I love to dance. Don’t be fooled by my quiet nature and calm attitude, I like to bring it to the dance floor.

Which made Winter Fantasia the Night of nights for me. Do you need more reasons to love it? I have them: awesome food, great friends, beautiful venue, and of course the dancing. Here are some photos from my night so that you can get a better look!

First, here’s what it looked like. Beautiful, right? It felt like a prom, but better because it was with Hope 🙂 We walked in and right away I was super impressed. According to one of my cluster-mates, it’s one of the nicest hotels in the area, so it’s super cool that we got to go there. A few of us went exploring and rode the elevator up to the top and saw all of Grand Rapids!

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Next are my two photos dedicated to the food at Fantasia: you were delicious, thank you. There were small appetizers, like cheese and crackers, and spinach dip with pitas and chips. There were also plenty of desserts. They had cupcakes, mini cut cakes (like in the photo), chocolates, giant cookies, small cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries.

And finally, a few of the people I got to spend the night with! Dancing with them all was the best! I have this theory that if you dance once a day, you’ll be in a better mood. It has something to do with letting go and just being yourself, I think. That’s why things like Fantasia are the best!

Winter Fantasia is just one of the many events that our Student Activities Committee puts on! Personally, I think that they do a great job at all of them, but this was my favorite so far. I probably say that about every event. Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

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5K For The Kids

Happy Tuesday night, folks! I just want to post about my weekend. It really was mundane, I did a bunch of homework, cleaned my room, did some errands and just relaxed. Sometimes, I wish that there was more time in the weekend. We could all use some more time, right? Anyways, the highlight of my weekend was the 5K For The Kids sponsored by Hope College Dance Marathon! It was so much fun to run with friends for such a great cause!

Hope College Dance Marathon helps kids who are currently experiencing childhood cancers. They have done an amazing job raising money for the kids! It really is such a cool thing Hope College does to serve our community. If you want to learn more about Dance Marathon, just click!

Anyways, I just wanted to share some of my pictures from this weekend’s 5K. It was a great short race, and I was prepared for it because I have been running! I hope you enjoy the pictures! I know this is a short post, but don’t worry, I’ll be posting more this week! If you haven’t already, make sure you follow me at @HopeMarvin15 on Twitter!

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