Recap of #HopeHomecoming 2014!

I can’t believe #HopeHomecoming was about a week ago! It seems as if it was forever ago because time just flies! Anyway, Homecoming was such a great time. I was able to be present and even participate in some of the events that happened, which was a lot of fun!


So last Friday, Student Activities Committee (SAC) had their annual Homecoming Hoedown! Even though the weather was wet, windy, and cold, students came and it was a great outcome. There was so much cider, donuts, and fall foods. The line dancing was also pretty awesome, no doubt. Check out the slideshow below for some awesome pictures!


I started off my morning early by volunteering for the Flying 5K Hope College hosts. It was a lot fun because I volunteered with Kristen, a great friend of mine. Although it was very chilly, it was fun to see the runners and being part of the help was also satisfying. Later that afternoon, I participated in the Student Life fair where there was a table for SAC and my fellow directors and myself shared information with students and alumni about our organization. Following that, the Taste of the South: Memphis Blues & BBQ was happening, so I also ate the food and boy was it great!!! Saturday, although gloomy, was made a joyful day because of the outcomes of the events!!


Sundays are for homework, right? Anyway, that’s what I did a bunch of. No surprise there for ya. But another highlight to last Sunday was The Gathering service. Let me tell you, the worship music was on point, and the message was also very eye-opening. I love Gatherings such as those. It just refreshes and reminds me of how great God is and how amazing Hope College is. I’m truly blessed to go here!

I can’t believe this was my last Homecoming as a Hope student! It’s crazy how fast time flies during your time here. Stay tuned friends, fellow blogger Leslie and I have a new vlog surprise waiting for you. If you haven’t seen our other ones, make sure to check them out! CLICK HERE to see awesome vlogs about Hope!

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It’s definitely one of the biggest events of the year everyone, HOMECOMING! What a great weekend to welcome students, faculty/staff, and alumni! This weekend, there will be fun-filled events to get everyone together and involved. This weekend is also a testament to how much people care about the well-being of students and Hope College itself! Before I get started on what you all should expect this weekend, check this out. Hope has a tagboard, which compiles tweets, instagram posts, and Facebook posts with the hashtag, #HopeComing. It’s a great way to see pictures and get a live feed on all of the events, click HERE! For a complete list of events, click #HopeHomecoming! Below are some events I am going to!

Friday, October 17


This is a new addition to Hope’s homecoming! Centered at the Knickerbocker Theater, there will be live music to relax to, as well as appetizers! Registered individuals then can get their Homecoming on 8th Street Passport and wristband which gives them access to awesome deals with sponsor stores and restaurants. The deals are amazing! What a great opportunity!


I’m not trying to be biased or anything, but this is one of my favorite events, and it’s hosted by SAC, Student Activities Committee! Let me give you the lowdown. There are snacks like donuts, cider, trail mix, and s’mores. Then, there is line dancing, a hay ride, and just a great time with friends. To make things better, everyone wears flannel! If you want a live feed, make sure to follow @HopeCollegeSAC on twitter and use the #HopeSAC hashtag to feature your posts!

Saturday, October 18


Taking place at the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, participants get a light breakfast, a t-shirt, chip timing, and door prizes! To make things better, the fun finish at the stadium is a great way to finish the race! The 5K starts 9:00 am with registration starting at 8:00 am. You can still register for the race with the adult price at $20 and the student price at $10.


This will be an awesome awesome event to gather everyone Hope! Hosted by President John and Kelly Knapp, this event features the culture of Memphis with music, decoration, and of course food from 12:00 pm-2:00pm! Another exciting thing about this event is that it will be hosted in the newly renovated Phelps Hall! The Holland community is encouraged to come with tickets at $10 for adult, $5 for students/faculty/staff, $5 for children 10 and under, and free for children 2 and under!


This year, Hope will be playing Olivet College at 2:00 pm in the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium! To make it even better, the 1984 undefeated football team will be there to be honored. Tickets are $5 for adults, and $3 for those under 18 years of age. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned here too!


And to finish off the day, the men’s Hope College soccer team will be playing our rivals, the Calvin College Knights at 7:00 pm in the Van Andel Soccer Stadium! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for those under the age of 18. At the end of the game, there will be a fireworks show you don’t want to miss!!

Sunday, October 19


Worship starts at 10:00 am and The Gathering is at 8:00 pm located in Dimnent Chapel. Worship is led my the staff of Campus Ministries with music from Chapel Choir. At The Gathering, Reverend Ben Patterson will be speaking. Rev. Patterson is the campus pastor at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California!

That wraps up the events I am looking forward to this weekend! There is so much to do and I am so excited to be a part of a lot of these events. Like I mentioned earlier, there are more events to look forward to, click HERE for a full list of events. As of now, that’s all for me. Look forward to a blogpost with pictures from these events! Thanks for reading, everyone!

Housing & Meet and Greet VLOG!

Hey friends! We know it’s been a while since we posted a vlog, but today is your lucky day! Leslie and I made a very special one, one that focuses on an example of Hope housing (Cook Village), as well as some information about us as your student bloggers! This is a video you DON’T want to miss out reading on!!

If you want us to talk about any other topics regarding all things Hope College, make sure to follow us on twitter at @HopeMarvin15 and @HopeLeslie15 and tweet at us! If you would rather, shoot us an email and We’d love to hear from you! Make sure you share the video with your friends! Thanks for all the continued support!

The Final Stretch Until Fall Break!

We are entering another week! It sounds crazy right? Time has been FLYING, and that’s a understatement. Here’s my theory: the days are so long, but the weeks are incredibly short! I just want to let you all know what I did this past weekend, and I want to give you an update of what is coming up this week!

FRIDAY: Friday was just such a great day. Why? NO CLASS! I was super productive that day. I worked out, did a lot of homework, and cleaned. I also ran some errands which was nice. I also got the Vienna Summer School application, so I filled that sucker out right away! The application wasn’t open to the public yet, so I felt honored! Friday night was the Homecoming Hoedown, sponsored by one of the best organizations on campus, SAC (which I’m in!) There were hay rides, animals, line dancing, great food, and of course, friends!! Here are some pictures of my closest friends! After the hoedown, it was time for bed.

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SATURDAY: How did I start my Saturday? By working out, of course. I went with my friend Nate, and our workout killed us. After about one hour after our workout, we went to the Taste of the South, a Homecoming event made possible by our own President Knapp! Here, alumni and students sampled southern cuisine, and let me tell ya, it was out of this world. After I ate food, I did homework with friend Hannah and her friend Lauren who is a med school student at MSU. It was fun talking about medical stuff. It always gets me going. After a couple of hours of homework, I went to Grand Rapids, Michigan for ArtPrize 2013 with my friends Erica, Tara, Tess, and Abby. It was so cool to see all of the art entries from all over the United States. I took a bunch of pictures, but my phone decided to freakout and deleted them all. But, I salvaged some, so no worries! Here they are!

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The panda was my favorite entry. Why? It was cute and it is my favorite animal, hands down. We also ate dinner at the Cottage Bar. They had really good burgers. I recommend it! I had the Tijuana burger and it had guacamole in it. YUMMY!

SUNDAY: Today was a lazy day, but fun! My friend Joey and I had breakfast, I did homework, had a FAMILY DINNER with some of my friends. It was amazing! The food was great, but the company was better! Hope College’s own Chelsea Barfield was there! (click her name to get to her blog!) After that, we all went to the Gathering together. Now, it’s time for bed.

AHEAD THIS WEEK: This might be my longest week yet. I have a presentation on Monday, and an exam on Thursday and Friday! I’ll be sure too give you all a mid-week update! Make sure you follow me on twitter!! CLICK HERE! God bless to all!

Can I get a YEE-HAW?

Howdy Ya’ll!

Hope’s homecoming weekend kicked off the right way this Friday night with a Hoedown! The hoedown consisted of hayrides, farm animals, swing dancing, hot apple cider, snacks, and a bonfire. This is my favorite Hope event of the year, and it is the perfect fall event! My personal favorite part of the night consisted of learning new swing dances. I am not the most coordinated person, so dancing is not my forte. However, I enjoyed watching everyone at Hope College dance. We did a group circle dance where people changed partners every 30 seconds. It was so funny watching everyone dance and trying to stay in sync with one another.

Another fun part about the hoedown was crawling through a hay maze in complete darkness, but it took me awhile to find my way out. Once I finished the hay maze I petted some goats, horses, cows, and even held a baby rabbit. After hanging out with the animals, I went on the hayride with a group of friends. We finished off the night with some final dancing.

Once I arrived back at Hope, my roommate and I had a great conversation and stayed up talking for a while. I really enjoy our late night talks, I am so thankful for our friendship. 

My friend grace with her new goat friend!

Amy and Grace with a horse

Some friends just dancing crazy

Have a fun week!