5 Reasons You Should Bring a Futon/Couch to College

Prospective Students: LISTEN! If you don’t have a futon or a couch for you freshman year, here are some reasons why you should try to get one before you move into college.

1. Allow for a social space

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Couches and futons make friends.

2. Futon = NAPS

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You are going to take some naps. They are unavoidable in college. Don’t pretend you won’t.

3. You will want a place to sit besides your desk chair

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Whether you are doing homework, playing a video game, or watching a movie, it is nice to have a more comfortable place to sit.

4. Sleepovers

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The more the merrier!

5). Gives a little bit more spunk/hominess to your room

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Make the room your own!


My freshman year, I didn’t have a futon, but I have one this year as a sophomore. It has been so much better. I didn’t like taking naps in my bed, so  people would always find me sleeping in the strangest places (the library, a dorm lounge, or maybe even a table). My room this year in comparison to my other room my freshman year allows for much more of a communal place, a lot of which can be attributed to the futon.

Therefore, don’t worry about space and get a futon! (Side-note: If you are living in Dykstra, due to the cluster system, you don’t need and probably won’t be able to fit a futon)

Also, you can always wait until you come to school and then you can thrift for a couch (this really makes it cheap too).

In the words or Nike, “Just Do It.”

For more about me, follow me on twitter @hopejohnluke17 or on Instagram at johnlukehawkins. If you have a question you can email me at john.hawkins@hope.edu. Until next time!

What to Bring: Social Edition

The greatest casualty of your college career may take place within the first few days of your existence on campus. Yikes! It sounds scary – but it’s simpler than it seems.

It can be avoided with this one easy step: be social. You see, it’s easy to be wrapped up in the change – there’s a lot of it happening the first few months – but instead of tying yourself in knots, embrace the adjustment. Check out these tips to help you out during your first weeks of college:

1. If you’re in your room, open the door. People walking by will stop and chat! I made some of my best friends in my dorm by leaving my door open during the first few weeks. **College Dorm Room Life Hack: Opening your window and opening your door creates a draft that will keep your room cooler during the hot summer months & cooler when the heater gets too hot in the winter!

2. Your dorm will offer opportunities to meet other people within your dorm. GO TO THEM. Last fall, Kollen held a “Speed Friending” night and I met almost 20 people this way. At least five of them are now my closest friends. If nothing else, these events are great ways to be able to recognize a few faces around the dorm and in the dining hall! **College Event Life Hack: Most of the time, dorm events have free food involved.

3. Smile. Smile a lot. You become much more approachable if you have a smile on your face. **College Happiness Life Hack: Whether or not you’re actually happy, scientific studies show that fake smiling can cause real happiness.

4. Travel – outside of your comfort zone. Hope will offer a lot of opportunities with a lot of people with a lot of life experiences that you have never seen before. Walk through your entire dorm to see who has their door open, and don’t be afraid to walk through other dorms, either! **College Avoid Awkward Situations Life Hack: Come up with two to three most hilarious situations that have taken place in your life or quirky traits that make you who you are and keep them in your back pocket as stories to share as you meet people. People will remember you better this way, and you will also be able to remember other people better – most times, the other person will share a story as well. My example: I dislocated my rib from playing golf!

5. Friend as few people as possible on Facebook prior to being on campus. I “friend-ed” a LOT of people before I came, which worked out fine – so if you already have, don’t worry about it – but if possible, avoid it. You will be meeting a lot of people quickly, and if you “friend” your classmates as you meet them on campus rather than in cyberspace, you will remember them better and they will also remember you better.

6. The first five people you meet might be your best friends for the next four years. But then again, they might not. I met AMAZING people at the beginning of the year. As the year progressed, I met even more amazing people. My friend group progressed and changed throughout the entire year. On the opposite side, if you’re not meeting people within the first few days, do not fret! The right people will show up if you continue to engage yourself within your community.

7. Free food = free friends. Baking cookies in your dorm kitchen (if you’re willing to share!) is one of the quickest ways to make friends. Who doesn’t love free food?

8. Try not to talk about high school. Very few people, if any, will know who you’re talking about – and plus, people want to hear about you, not about your hometown friends! Take this opportunity to share less stories and tell more about who you are. Your hobbies, class schedule, and dorm life are perfect conversation starters to find other people who share your similarities!

9. If you have seen my blogs or I’ve chatted with you via social media or email and you see me on campus, please introduce yourself! I would love to meet you in person!

10. THE OCTOBER RULE. Abide by it. You’ll find out more later.

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! Want more tips? Keep up with me @hopesophie17. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu. Hope to talk to you soon!

Rooming 101

Ok #Hope2018! As seen on the Hope Facebook app, people are committing to this wonderful school and are making their deposits. Naturally, the next thing to do is… find a roommate! Well, as students, we make make this a priority, but it’s important to remember a few things when it comes to rooming. Before I speak some more, here is a REALLY GREAT VIDEO on roommates I found on YouTube. Seriously, watch it. I watched it, and even made my apartment-mates watch it. This video is definitely worth your time, especially if you want to live in a good living situation!

Okay, so now that you’ve watched that, here are the requirements for Rooming 101 (RMG 101).

  1. Acceptance to Hope College
  2. Be in the class of 2018, or a transfer student!
  3. Have an open mind

Now that the cheesy part is out of the way, lets dive in right away. I have noticed that people want to get to know each other, which is super awesome. This is the first step in finding a roommate, I guess. As many of you know, Admitted Students Day (ASD) is April 12th. This would be a GREAT time to meet up with potential roommates, but more importantly, new friends! I strongly encourage you all to meet up over coffee, or just even chit chat for a little. A simple conversation is where it starts!

In rooming situations, it is important to look into the future, as having a roommate is a long-term kind of commitment, unless there is a pressing issue. This is why you should get to know potential individuals that could be your roommate. In my own opinion, choosing a roommate for your freshman year is just a little less adventurous. Given that you want to be surrounded with people you like and are comfortable with, you should take the time to explore!! I chose to go in “blind,” which is what many college students do. This entails that housing, based on your criteria, will match you with a roommate. And guess what, my roommate freshman year, Austin, and I are very close friends. You never now what might happen!

What I am saying is that when you are looking for a roommate, you should be picky to the point in which you know you can find someone. Second, if you do find someone to room with, make sure you communicate with each other. Talk about your interests, hobbies, and such, but also talk about the hard stuff – expectations, ground rules, etc. Another important thing to remember is that you are starting afresh. Be open! Step out of your comfort zone. Hope College housing does a phenomenal job with pairing you up with a roommate. It’s really awesome. If things are meant to be, they are meant to be. If not, then they’re not! Make sure you are flexible in your thinking. If a rooming situation does not work, it’s not the end of the world.

Lastly, as the video stated, stress between roommates is a critical issue. Stress in college is bound to exist somewhere, but trying to prevent this stress can really help you in school.  So, if you have met people trough Hope on Facebook for rooming, great! Make sure you make an effort into communicating and meeting them sometime soon. If you decide to go in blind, an adventure awaits!

I just wanted to post on rooming, because I felt that it was important to! If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask! Shoot me a DM on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15! Or if you like using the Hope on Facebook page, shoot me a message that way! I hope this helps and prepares you for rooming!

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