Midterm Thoughts

It’s the Sunday night before midterm week.

No one feels like getting anything done, but papers are due tomorrow and exams are looming ahead and pre-labs and readings and writing workshops—all the usual work—are piled up on the floor next to where you’re watching your hall mate slide down the stairs penguin style.

 

Others join in, you add some pillows, laugh until your abs hurt almost as much as if you were the one sliding down the stairs and then back to your text books.

But first you have to watch the video recorded in slo-mo and break out in laughter a bit more.

College is a lot of work, but it isn’t all work and no play.

It can’t be. If it were, we would all be crazier than we already are.

One of the most fun experiences so far this semester has been getting to know the girls on my floor and watching the first year students make this place into their new home. I got to watch them come out of their shells and start being their awesome, crazy selves with the rest of us returning students as they settled into life here at Hope. And together we get to make it through the stress that is this midterm week, the relaxing weekend movie nights, the weekly craft nights, the random study breaks that may or may not be recorded for future reference, and all that comes in between.

Thanks for reading!
~Erin

Feel free to check out my Instagram (http://@e_delaney333) or Twitter (@HopeErin18) for some thoughts and lots of pictures about life at Hope through my eyes.

Major Life Decisions: Choosing Friends

Fish are friends, not food.
Fish are friends, not food.

Last week my friends and I took a major step forward in our relationship – we got fish together.

It all began with a trip to Meijer. We stood before the wall of glass tanks filled with colorful fish contemplating who we wanted to take home as our new friends. We made sure to be aware of the symbols indicating which types of fish were aggressive or sensitive so as to find friends that will definitely adapt well to their new home.

Kristin picked out Pongo and Sparky, Ashley picked out Freddie, and I picked out Bubbles. We anxiously watched as the fish guy caught our new friends, checked out and made the journey back to campus to introduce our fish (plus Steve the Snail who ended up in the bag with Pongo) to their new home sweet Hope.

Next we decorated their new crib (complete with Olaf and a tholos-esque ruin model) and helped them acclimate to the new environment – an exciting time in life.

Pure excitement. (possibly mixed with annoyance at me taking a picture while she was texting)
Pure excitement. (possibly mixed with annoyance at me taking a picture while she was texting)

And soon enough our new friends were all settled in!

Now we have fish friends to come home to! Though it isn’t as exciting as having your dog greet you when you walk through the door, it has still been a fun, positive life change that is highly recommended from my friends and I, to you and yours (If you are in a highly committed, fish-friendly relationship).

Thanks for reading!
~Erin

You can find more random pictures and such from me on Instagram (@e_delaney333) and Twitter (@HopeErin18) if you’re into that sorta thing.

Last Spring Fling in a Week

The countdown to the end of the school year has officially started! For the seniors out there, it means the final days of college. I know I have friends who are excited to be moving on, but more often than not, most people are scared either because they don’t have jobs lined up or they fear losing touch with friends. For me, I’m excited and ready to start a new chapter in my life and challenge myself once again. With that being said, I feel like I need to appreciate these final two weeks with my friends and classmates. One of the main highlights of the year is an event called Spring Fling. For those of you who are unaware of what this is, it’s an event put on by SAC each year (the Friday before finals) in the Pine Grove.

Each year there is typically a surprise event that wasn’t there the year prior. For instance, last year had a zipline, which a lot of people had a blast with! Let me give you a brief overview of Spring Fling. First of all, it starts at 3 PM, but people usually start lining up an hour beforehand in the Pine Grove to sign in and also get a gift (usually a shirt or sun glasses) and people proceed to take part in various activities. Such activities include a mechanical bull ride, caricature drawing, bounce house games and competitions, and other games people brings themselves such as Frisbee or ziplining. The previous years there has been a live band playing as well as dessert carts containing ice cream and other yummy treats. Around dinnertime, people on a meal plan use their ID to get a plate and a huge picnic is put on in the Pine Grove.

If you ask nearly any student here at Hope, they’ll probably say this is one of their favorite activities to attend during the year. Whether it’s because of the event itself or the idea that classes are over and summer is approaching, that’s up for you to decide. I know I just simply enjoy being outside, hanging out with friends and trying to enjoy myself before everybody is swarmed with commitments for studying for their finals. The activities are so much fun and a good way to de-stress which is why I’m excited for it this year (actually only a week away!)

I hope you are able to attend if you go to Hope or this will be something to help persuade you to come to Hope in the future if you’re a prospective student! Anyway, best of luck finishing these last few weeks out strong!!!

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Mid-Winter Break Excursions

This week sure flew by! I’ve spent more time in Chicago this week than Michigan, mainly because it was our mid-winter break. Instead of sitting around Holland while all of my friends went home, I decided to make my own plans with friends and family. This was probably one of the most jam-packed weekends I’ve had in a while, so I have quite a bit to relay on to you.

Friday: I was able to get a ride into Chicago from my friends David and John, which was really nice because the only other way I was to get there was by taking the train a day later. Once I made it to Chicago, I met up with my friend Shannon (who I grew up in California with) and we got together with a bunch of her roommates and friends and went out to dinner. It was probably one of the most relaxed places I have ever been and the owner was hilarious, so that was a definite bonus. After we ate, Shannon and I were pretty tired since we got a really late dinner, so we headed back to her apartment and had girl talk until we both fell asleep.

Saturday: When Shannon and I woke up, she had to go volunteer for a couple of hours but upon her return we went out to brunch at a super cute restaurant called Jam n’ Honey. I’ve never been so excited for an omlet before in my life! Since Shannon had to study the rest of the day for a midterm, I headed over to my brother’s apartment for the remainder of the weekend. I hadn’t seen him since Christmas, so it was fun catching up and having deep conversations about most areas of our lives. It was especially nice because it was his birthday this past weekend and I loved getting to spend it with him! After talking up a storm, we went to Target and got some groceries and decided to make a dinner that my mom makes back at home. As the dinner was cooking we thought it would be fun to watch some throwback shows such as “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” Man, I miss that show!

After eating, we watched a movie and then headed to a comedy show that night. I had never been to a comedy show before so this was quite the experience. It was a non-profit one that was created by people in their 20s and it all took place in what felt like a joined apartment. The really cool thing that happened was that each person with a ticket rolled a dice and whichever number it landed on was the amount of money you got back from your ticket. The show ended up being an hour long and it covered a bunch of different types of comedy but I was starting to fade because I was so exhausted (I nearly fell asleep on the CTA… yikes!). Once we got back, Brian and I were too tired to even function, so we went to bed. His couch had never been so welcoming and comfortable!

Sunday: When we both woke up we decided to make waffles/pancakes and continue watching some old television shows. This time we opted for “Even Stevens” and “Lizzy McGuire” and I’m glad we did because they brought back some great memories. Brian and I thought it would be beneficial if we got some homework done so the rest of the morning and early afternoon was dedicated to just that. After getting our fill on academic stuff, we took the Metra up to Kenilworth and had a birthday dinner with my aunt, uncle, three cousins and their significant others. The last time I was there was freshman year, so it was really nice to visit and see everybody! We had veal, fettuccine, salad and angel food cake. I’ve never had veal before, but I wouldn’t be opposed to eating that again. When the evening was wrapping up, Brian and I went back to his apartment and Skyped with my parents because we hadn’t talked to them in a while. It’s always nice to have a chat with them and have a family conversation, even when we’re thousands of miles apart.

Monday: Brian had to work so I was on my own making plans. Luckily, my friend Kristi was in Chicago as well so I made my way over to her place. We caught up for a bit and got some food at Whole Foods (which was amazing by the way). Since it was a relatively nice day we walked around the city, going in and out of shops and just had a relaxing afternoon. It was much overdue! Fortunately Kristi has a car, so she was able to drop me off at Union Station where I took the train back to Holland to wrap up my long weekend.

A bunch happened, right? Even though I may not have gotten a ton of sleep this weekend, it was definitely worth it and I loved getting to see people that I rarely see during the year. It was a total treat and I hope it happens again soon! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week and try to stay warm (I hear it’s going to be in the low-teens this weekend!)

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Friends or Family?

Welcome back, Hope College!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready to start a new semester fresh!

If you’re like me, it was bittersweet coming back to school. You’ve just spent all of your much-deserved vacation bonding with your family over Christmas dinner and mingling with your high school friends while ringing in the New Year. In other words, it’s hard to go! To leave all of those comfortable people and come back to…what? What, or who, are we coming back to?

In my eyes, when I left the comfort of my family at home, I was coming back to not only my friends, but my family here at Hope. Because if you really think about it, you see the people in your residence hall, your classes, and even the cafeteria more months out of the year than you see your biological family, and that says a lot. You might be leaving your family back at home, but you’re rejoining your family when coming back to Hope.

I didn’t see it like that freshman year, but that’s only because I hadn’t grown close to the people around me. As the year wore on, I grew closer to my roommate, my cluster mates (I lived in Dykstra) and even the constant flow of people I saw en route to my morning classes. They slowly but surely became my little family – my home away from home, as they say. I came to miss them when I went home during the year. As last year melted into this year, breaks like the one we just had have turned into nice rejuvenation periods to reconnect with loved ones, but coming back to Hope I know that I truly have missed the friends I now call family.

I’m sure that as my upcoming years at Hope pass, I’ll grow even closer to this family. I will be sad to see them go, come graduation, but as my college years turn into adult years, I’ll be able to look back and reminisce on the family that got me though some of the best years of my life.

Start this semester off great, everyone, and appreciate the people around you as you start classes. Until next time, readers!

One Month In

Time flies when you’re at college, right? Well, it sure does for me. I mean, we are already more than one month in for Fall Semester. What’s even scarier for me is that I am a senior, and next week is October. Crazy. During my first month at Hope, a lot has happened! For starters, life got real. It finally hit me that it’s my last undergraduate year, and I won’t be around these people after being with them for 4 years. WOW, it’s going to be one large adjustment.

Thinking about graduate school too has been somewhat stressful. I’m just embarking on finishing 4 years of school, and I want to go for 4 more years. Why? I guess I just can’t get enough of it. I’m somewhat kidding, but in order for me to get my Ph.D., that 4 extra years is necessary.

Time is flying because I am finally in the swing of things. I am in a routine and have a set schedule for everyday during the week. Of course there is room to do spontaneous things, like going to football games, or going out to eat with friends. Because my life is hectic, I need this spontaneous time to socialize and be with my friends!

Some of the highlights I’ve had so far were going to 3 Michigan games with some of my favorite people. 1) With my best friend Joey, 2) with my roommate Nate, and 3) with my friend Lauren! (see the slideshow below for some pictures!) Last week, we also had a Vienna reunion dinner. It was so great to see my very best friends, even though I see them often, and it was also great to see the other students who went to Europe. Of course no one turned away free food! Another fun time was just last Thursday, or the Ben Rector concert with Joey. His music is simply the best, and SAC sponsored it, so I’m not biased at all 🙂

Well, that’s just a summary of what has been going on. I have mentioned some of these in my previous blogs, so check those out! Also, check out the pictures below. Thanks all for reading!

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Friends Are Worth Waiting For

I have always been the type of person who is shy at first around people. It’s mostly because I am too guarded to immediately open myself up around those I don’t know well. So coming in my freshman year not knowing anyone besides my friend Jasmine, I had my guard up even more than before. Freshman orientation is a weekend filled with activities centered around meeting new people from different places, cultures and backgrounds. You will be saying “Hi, my name is_____ and I am from ____ and I like _____, ______, and ____” more times than you will ever say in your life! It was a bit exhausting after a while, but eventually you will find a few people you will want to talk to more. I remember meeting my friend Coco who was in my Orientation group, and immediately took a liking to her because she was literally the nicest person I had met while there. She ended up being in my French I class and now every time I see her around campus, we say bonjour to each other even if we are all the way across the room!

Over the past 3 years, I have met lots of new people who have come in and out of my life, but I have found friends that were SO worth waiting for. It really is funny how people come into your life with you least expecting it. Take for example, my roommate Mikar. I met her through my friend Jasmine and thought, “This girl looks cool, she has bright red hair!” I would never think to pull off red hair, so I admired that she didn’t think to change her hair color to fit in when she came to Hope. Soon enough, we got to know each other so well and for the past two years we are still roomies! We even rushed the same sorority together which was so much fun to do with her.

Mikar & I after our sorority initiation!
Mikar & I after our sorority initiation!

Not only am I grateful for having a friend like Mikar, but also for my others friends I have met during my time here. College is hard sometimes and when you are far away from your family, you need people to talk to who care about you. I know it’s hard to put yourself out there, but don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t conform to who you think everyone else wants you to be. College is a time for experiencing new things, but always stay true to who you are. Find friends with the same quirky traits as you (trust me you will find them on campus somewhere!) and don’t be discouraged when you feel like giving up. I met my other good friend Diana second semester my freshman year. By then my friends were: Jasmine, Coco, and Mikar. Diana was only my third friend! Now, we live a few doors down from each other in Cook Hall:)

So what I want to end with is this: the size of your group of friends isn’t what is important. It is who is there for you when you are at your worst (not just your best), that matters. If it takes a semester, two semesters, even a year for you to find those people, that’s okay. Those friends are worth waiting for.


Tweet me @HopeMarisela16 or send me an email at marisela.meraz@hope.edu. Thanks so much for reading!

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!

Spring Semester Highlights

Okay, friends. This is my last post for the semester 🙁 It’s crazy to think that at this time tomorrow, I will be unpacking my stuff at home and I’ll be getting ready for Vienna. My junior year just flew by, and in less than 24 hours, I’ll be officially a senior. Life, STOP! Well, to end my blogging “reign,” I want to close with some of my semester highlights!

1) SNOWPOCALYPSE

This was just awesome. And by awesome, I mean having so many days of class canceled because that is very rare for Hope College! This past winter, Holland had more than 100 inches of snow. Lake Michigan was completely frozen, we had crazy arctic winds, and temperatures were LITERALLY below zero. But in the midst of all the winter storms, here is one picture that captures God’s awesome creation.

Here's a snapshot of the beauty of winter at Hope College.
Here’s a snapshot of the beauty of winter at Hope College.

2) FINALIZATION OF VIENNA

Yes. This semester, everything for Vienna was taken care of. Tuition, flights, and even my little vacation to Rome for one weekend. I remember when going to Vienna was just a thought. Now, it’s a reality and I’m leaving in 5 days! I can’t emphasize enough how fast time flies. Not even kidding! I’ll be here in no time!

Just a short 5 more days!
Just a short 5 more days!

3) SOCHI 2014 WINTER OLYMPICS

Olympics are seriously the best time. The world gathers as one (doesn’t matter whether countries have bad relations with other countries) and competes in several disciplines. Being that the olympics were in Russia, they were quite controversial. But regardless, it was so much fun to watch. I wish I could do what olympians do, but I’m happy at Hope too!

The Olympic Rings
The Olympic Rings

4) UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN BASKETBALL GAME

Yeah yeah yeah, I know I go to Hope. But the University of Michigan is cool, too. My family is an avid fan. Last semester, I went to a football game there, so I thought I’d give basketball a try as well. When Joey and I were there, we did the typical Ann Arbor stuff, eat, walk around, look at how huge campus is, and obviously watched the game. It was so cool through because I tweeted, and my tweet showed up on their jumbotron. It was just so cool! Don’t remember? Here’s a pic!

Look! It's Joey and me on the JUMBOTRON!
Look! It’s Joey and me on the JUMBOTRON!

5) JESS VISITS HOPE COLLEGE

So last year, I had the opportunity to lead an immersion trip with my good friend Jess. But here’s the problem, I was just a sophomore and she was a senior, so she graduated! She had the awesome opportunity to intern at Sojourners in Washington D.C., where our immersion trip was. Naturally, she moved there to take this awesome opportunity. But this past March, she also had the opportunity to go back to her beloved school where she could see her beloved friends! Although it was a short time, it was just so awesome to have her in our presence!

Jess visits Hope!
Jess visits Hope!

6) GIRLFRIEND

Yep, the title says it all. I’m not usually public about these things, but this will be okay. Well yeah, meet my girlfriend Brooke. She is a bunch of fun and I enjoy being around her because I always smile! Yeah, I know that sounds cheesy but it’s the truth. This is definitely a HUGE highlight of my semester. Here’s a picture of us at the Bowl!

Here we are!
Here we are!

7) LASTLY, SPRING FLING

Being on SAC this year, I had the opportunity to plan several events for our campus. Last semester, my largest project was Chicago. This semester, it was Spring Fling, a celebration of the last day of classes! Another thing I am excited about it my director position for SAC next year. I am so incredibly blessed and excited to be working with some amazing individuals to make our campus a better place. Speaking of directors, here is my co-director and myself at Spring Fling!

Here are your new SAC directors for the 2014-2015 School Year!
Here are your new SAC directors for the 2014-2015 School Year!

Third Year: CHECK. I am basically 3/4 done with my college career. I still can’t wrap my mind around that. Thank you so so so so so so much friends for reading my blogs this past year. It means so much. I am happy that I can serve you all. I’ll probably be blogging while in Europe, so look forward to those. But as this school year comes to a close for me, I just want to say your time at Hope is coming class of 2018! Cherish every moment you have here. Before you know it, you’ll be a senior. Take the opportunities to face challenges and try new things. Your college experience and value will increase without a doubt. If you haven’t already, follow me on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15 and follow me on Instagram at MarvSolberg. Thanks again, and I can’t wait to see the class of 2018 on Hope’s campus shortly!

Your Final Dear Abby Post

Hey friends! I know it’s been a while since I posted a “Dear Abby” post. Here is your last one. Many of you sent really interesting questions, and I had to think hard about these answers, but I know it’s enough to give you guidance. It’s unreal how tomorrow is the closing day of the entire semester. One more year of college under my belt. But before I get into Dear Abby, look out for my final post either tonight or tomorrow. It’s good.

Dear Abby, I am looking forward to going to Hope, but I feel as if I am not mature in my faith yet. Any suggestions?

Great great great question. I was once at your place, and many students who go here are still in this position! So first things first, don’t feel uncomfortable, you’re not the only one! For me, I’ve always identified myself as a Christian. I went to church, sang hymns, was in youth group, you name it. It wasn’t until I came to Hope that I realized what faith was, and where I was in it. It helped that I had friends that were already a good distance in their walk with Christ, so they were truly there for me and supported me. Let me tell you, even with their help, my journey was rough.

One of the defining factors that led me to Hope was Chapel and Gathering. But believe it or not, I only went to a few services because I was way too deep in my homework. That’s all I thought there was. I mean, I did well, but all I did was study. I wasn’t always a social butterfly, and my religion had gone down in my priority. But one Sunday, I had an epiphany at the Gathering. I realized that I was at Hope to become a nurse not for myself, but for God. As I continued conversations with my friends and continually attended Chapel and the Gathering, I noticed that I was happier and more productive. It was awesome to say the least. But moral of the story is that no one is at the same spot with their journey with God. Realize that you’re not the only in that position. Hope offers so many great resources to help you with your journey, such as Campus Ministries. Oh man, they do wonders!

Dear Abby, I heard Michigan winters are brutal. Coming from Southern Cali, how should I prepare?

Brutal is an understatement, for non-Michiganders at least! I mean, you’d think Michiganders would be used to the winters, but nope. Sometimes, I swear its like people haven’t seen snow. But you should be prepared to see how beautiful it is. Honestly, the snowfall and especially on this campus is STUNNING and out of this world. So, do that. Then I’d suggest a heavy and comfortable winter coat. Everyone has one, it’s like a requirement unless you want to freeze. This past winter, temperatures were sub-zero, and Holland was colder than Antarctica plenty of times. No joke. With your coat, you should probably have warm gloves if you are going to play in the snow, and thinner gloves for functional purposes (like driving, or going to class). A hat is also recommended. Although I don’t have one, many do. I typically use my hood and it works. Another important thing to something to keep your neck warm, like a scarf. Trust me, you’ll want one. It’s just practical. Lastly, boots boots boots. Do you want to walk in snow with canvas shoes? I think not (unless you want frostbite). If you’re prepared for the winter, you won’t mind it. A lot of students go out to Lake Michigan to walk on the lake frozen. It’s actually really neat! I can’t wait for you to experience it!

Dear Abby, I am really nervous I won’t find friends. Well, not even that, I’m just anxious to meet new people!

Thanks for that. Everyone needs to know that every freshman is going to be anxious. It’s a HUGE transition, no matter where you come from. Being on the finishing up end of my college, it’s actually interesting to reflect on how I met my core group of friends! You will meet so so so many people from your residence halls, classes, and organizations! Hope College does a great life in integrating the social aspect to your college life, because it’s essential! We’re humans, we are social!

My recommendation for you, and any of you who are anxious about meeting others; be open! College is your chance to branch out from your norm. Take advantage of this because it can help you out in life! For example, make connections with your professors and elders. One day, you might be filling out a job or internship appellation, and you can use them as your reference! Another example, if you are used to having that “one friend group” like you did in high school, forget that! Although you may have a group of core buddies, you are going to have so many more bubbles in your social life, which is even better. That way, you won’t get annoyed with your friends!!! My largest piece of advice for you all is to invest your time in this. If no time is invested, nothing will happen! So, 1) invest and 2) be open!

Dear Abby, JP’s or LJ’s?

Classic, haha. JP’s for homework and LJ’s for socializing. Both coffee shops rock. My freshman year, I was always at JP’s. My sophomore year, I was at both, and this past year, I was more at LJ’s. Their pastries (my favorite is the raspberry bran muffin, followed by almond green tea, and then honey bran) are TO DIE FOR. And they also sell my favorite cookie, the snickerdoodle. So, that’s why I’m there a lot. Both places have great student discounts at times and coupons. Being a college student, I’d recommend taking advantage of these deals!

Dear Abby, PC or Mac?

Another interesting question. For myself, I have a Mac, and I love it. I used to use PCs, but I’ve gotten used to Mac and actually accustomed to it. I actually have difficult time using a PC. But hey, it’s all personal preference. Many students have Macs, but many students also have PCs; personal preference! The important thing to remember is that you just need a laptop so you can do homework and type papers. And I guess Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, you name it!

LASTLY

Dear Abby, did you ever get homesick?

Growing up, I was always busy during the summers, whether that’s working or going to summer camps. I’ve been accustomed to being independent and not being home, but it’s totally different for everyone. I think I was homesick twice during my freshman year. The first time I called home was a week into school when college slapped me in the face. And by that, I mean having to do so much homework. It was just different because instead of coming home to my family, I came home to my roommate, which is nice too don’t get me wrong! Just different. Everyone adjusts to college differently. I felt as if I adjusted quickly, but others may take longer and that’s okay. Hope has awesome resources though if you are experiencing homesickness, like CAPS (counseling and psychological services). They do wonders! 100% confidential, supportive, and there for you! Also, your RA and your friends are also great resources. Hope this helps!

Ok Hope 2018. That’s all I have for you! It’s been great answering your questions and I hope they help you with your transition to college! I can’t wait to meet some of you on campus!