Fall Break

Did I just have a fall break? I did not do anything yet! I think the fall break was too short, but one of my friends cheered me up by saying, “Think about this, we have only three days this week!” Attitude matters!

I just feel it was weird that I had the Monday schedule today, and I will go to Thursday’s classes tomorrow. That means a lot. Normally, most of the professors set Friday as the deadline of assignments… Here comes the problem. I have tons of homework due tomorrow this weekend! And even two more midterm exams next week! My life is so rich.

I am not really going to talk about my fall break today because the main thing I did was… just sleeping all the time. It just reminds me that the Grey’s-Anatomy-Big-Bang-S.H.I.E.L.D Friday night is coming! Being a sofa potato for a couple hours is actually the best time for an engineer.

Let me think about something cool I did last week. First, we went to a Korean BBQ in Tunnel Park last weekend. Great food and people made the food even more delicious.

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Lake Michigan is so beautiful!

I will share more stories this weekend 🙂

A Lifetime Accomplishment

Hello friends! I am very excited to share with you awesome news. This past weekend, I ran AND completed the Park2Park Half Marathon here in Holland! So yes, this was definitely the highlight of my weekend. After more than 200 miles of training, I crossed that finish line exhausted, in pain, but happy. No one can take the accomplishment away from me!

To make the race even better, my best buddy Joey and many of my close friends ran the race too. Seeing familiar faces really made me push myself to keep going. Trust me, I wanted to stop. At the 8th mile, I started having runner’s trots, which are cramps. Then, my legs started hurting bad. It was just one bad event after another. At this point, I was ready to just walk the entire thing. But, I never start something and not finish. I owed it to myself to keep going so I did. I might of not had the time I wanted, but it was about the journey and the finish for me!

Here I am crossing the finish line 13.1 miles later!
Here I am crossing the finish line 13.1 miles later!

I encourage you all to try running races. Start small of course, with 5K’s and what not. Then up your game, then dream big! I signed up for this half marathon in the late spring/early summer so I had time to train. Make sure you allow yourself adequate time to train, and make the time for it. I remember I used to very much detest running. But once in the mindset, all you’ll want to do is run. Truly, it’s the effort that counts. Also, running is free therapy. It will get your mind off thoughts and clear your head. Yeah, you might be in physical pain after, but your brain will be clear. Here are some pictures from the race. Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks for reading everyone!

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We’re Odd.

Odd (adjective): strange, weird, peculiar.

We’ve got that covered.

The Pull

 

Odd (noun): every sign pointing closer to the Black River.

Have you seen them?

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ODD (verb): lifestyle.

It’s more than ending with ’17. It’s more than the three hour strife of the pull in the pits. It’s Odd Year Pride.

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Today, Hope College celebrated their 117th annual tradition known as The Pull. Alumni, students, and faculty gathered near the Black River to support their beloved side: Even or Odd. (You’re considered “Even” if your graduation year ends with an even number, and “Odd” if your graduation year ends with an odd number.)

And I’m proud to be Odd.


 

Keep up with me @hopesophie17 or feel free to shoot me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.

My Week

Hey all! I haven’t posted in a while, so I thought I would post now. The last few weeks of the semester are the worst, in that there is so much work to do and I don’t feel like there is enough time to do it! You can say these next 3 weeks will be stressful, but at least I’ll have something to look forward to… VIENNA! Anyway, here I go!

This past weekend was busy. I haven’t seen a lot of my friends last week, so there was so much to catchup on, whether that was through coffee meetups, or meals, I did whatever I could to be in touch with them because they are important!! Sunday morning, I did some homework and catching up with my friend Erica. Then, we went on a run because it was just so beautiful. I’m so excited to be running outside again, because running inside is just boring. Later Sunday, I went to Saugatuck and hiked Mt. Baldhead with Brooke. She is really cool. But anyway, the view was super cool. I’m all about nature! To top it off, the weather has been exceptionally nice, so it was definitely appropriate to be outside! Here is a pic from the top!

Brooke and I on top of Mt. Baldhead. The view of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan was absolutely awesome!
Brooke and I on top of Mt. Baldhead. The view of Saugatuck and Lake Michigan was absolutely awesome!

It was really hard to do homework this weekend because of the weather. All I can think about it summer and summer vacation, and this really nice weather isn’t helping at all! But it’s nice to see that Mother Nature has a nice side, right? Anyways, I did my homework Sunday night when it got a little chilly, so I could be outside as long as possible, and it was the best choice by far!

Monday and Tuesday were clinical days, and it was a little rough in that the weather was just so nice and I had no desire to be inside. After clinical on Tuesday, I went for another run with Erica. This time, we ran to Windmill Island and it was AWESOME! Here’s a pic.

How Dutch of me.
How Dutch of me.

But hey, I didn’t mind the nursing work 😉 Wednesday, I just had one class, and the rest of the time, I was doing homework and catching up for the rest of the week. Today, I just have one class. Then I’m going to work on some homework followed by a run!!! I’m looking forward to it because it’s ABOVE 60 degrees outside. I didn’t know it could get that warm! Overall, the rest of the week should be a smooth ride. As the semester winds down, all I have left to do are some projects and exam study time! This weekend is also going to be full of so many adventures, and I can’t wait to post about that! Alright all, that’s it for now! I CANT WAIT TO MEET THOSE WHO ARE COMING TO ADMITTED STUDENTS DAY!

Choosing Your Dream College

I’ve been in your position before, class of 2018. It’s the last half of your senior year, and for many of you, you haven’t decided where your next journey will take you. Where will I be for the next four years? For some of you, you’ve had your heart set somewhere, and for many of you, it’s at Hope College! That’s awesome. But I just want to post about choosing a college. It’s a hard choice, and it’s an important one. Hopefully this will help you decide where your next four years will take you. I got some inspiration for this blog post. You know who you are!!

SHORT PERSONAL ANECDOTE: So when I applied to college, I applied to A LOT, because I didn’t know what I wanted. I wanted to explore my options. Let me tell you, your options are infinite – and that just makes the college draft more excruciating and difficult. Another setback for me was that my high school did not prepare my graduating class well in regard to bringing in college admissions reps, applying to school, and exposing us to higher education. So, my trek to find my dream school was all on me, but I am SO incredibly happy the pressure was on me. Look where I am today. After visits and questions, I realized that each school was advertising itself.

Back to the blog post. Each school you visit, tour, and ask questions obviously want you to come there. Each school is diverse and unique. This is what attracts prospective students. Now you can keep asking questions, and “university” will keep answering them. But is this helping you make a choice? Or is it just getting your questions answered?

I mean each school can tell you all about the school they are representing, and Hope is the same. But one thing a college has a hard time answering is “Why should I go here?” And the reason is because that is UP TO YOU. Many students feel at home at many colleges, and many students attend a specific college simply because of its reputation. For some, like myself, attend a specific school because it’s a calling for them. I can ramble on about Hope’s strengths and weaknesses (which do exist, yes), but you know, there is a department that does that at each school, ADMISSIONS! 

Admissions offices all over the nation coordinate visits, tours, panels, and much more to attract prospective students. They also hire student workers to represent their school, like myself. I am here just sharing my thoughts, and my life at Hope College. It can seem so simple at times, but then I realize that it has the potential for an individual to become committed to this school or not, and that’s a power that cannot be abused.

After my rambling above, here comes my point. The question “Why should I go here?” can only be answered by YOU, but you can get help from others. Do your own research, write down what you’re looking for in a school. Make a pro and con list (those help me)! Do whatever it is you need to do to make a choice. Questions – ask them. This will help you answer your main question.

Does this help? I know it’s wordy and lengthy – but it’s important because it’s the next four years of your life. I can’t believe I’m MORE than halfway through my college career. It seems as if I just graduated a week ago. But like many college will state, college is the best thing that has ever happened. I want you, the class of 2018, to be able to say that too.

For those of you who have committed to Hope, or another school, CONGRATULATIONS!! That is a huge first step in the next chapter of your life. For those who are uncertain, I pray that you make a decision in the upcoming months, The Lord has a plan. Just wait and see!!!

Okay, one more thing here. If you are coming to Hope in the fall of 2014, here is a countdown to get you PUMPED! CLICK HERE!!

Well, that’s it for this Sunday morning. By the way, HAPPY SUPER BOWL SUNDAY!

Anatomy of a Sunday!

Sundays in college are good. And weird. Mostly good. This is the basics of how they usually go!

9:15 a.m.: Wake up and get ready for church.

10:30 a.m.: Attend the second service at Pillar Church. LOVE IT. Yesterday I even got to play guitar and sing for both services! It was so much fun.

Noon: Go to lunch at The Windmill restaurant in downtown Holland. They have $2 cinnamon rolls the size of your head and the cutest cappuccinos I’ve ever seen!

Cappuccino with Halloween sprinkles
I got this one right before Halloween. Look how cute and festive it was!

1 p.m.: Hang out, play guitar, waste time… You know, really productive stuff! Naps also happen around this time of day on Sundays. But naps are NEVER a waste of time. Seriously, they (usually) make me way more productive once I wake up.

2 p.m.: Homework! The best part of the weekend! (Just kidding. It’s really not that bad though.) Also, I try to do some of my homework on Saturday so I don’t have too much left to do on Sunday.

5 p.m.: MACHO NACHOS AND SUNDAE SUNDAY IN PHELPS. WE’RE TALKING FREE MOOSE TRACKS, PEOPLE.

6 p.m.: More homework if necessary or practicing music.

8 p.m.: The Gathering. It’s a worship service every Sunday night at Dimnent Chapel on campus and it’s so good.

9:15 p.m.: Practice piano/voice or go hang out in the cluster (our new favorite thing to do is play euchre!) or do homework if necessary.

Midnight (or so): Go to bed!

This all varies a lot (like yesterday I had to go to work instead of the Gathering), but that’s generally how Sundays go! I know in high school Sundays were usually pretty chill, but in college they’re actually kind of busy! But that’s not always a bad thing. It’s a good busy. I really love Sundays (except the thought of the impending 8:30 class the next morning… But it all works out.)!

What’s your Sunday itinerary? Leave a comment, email me at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, or tweet @hopekathryn17! Thanks for reading!


“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while.” -1 Peter 1:6.

Hello, Snow… I’m going to need more than just the Michigan Mitten

Being an Iowa girl, attending college in Michigan already makes me smitten with the mitten, but with all of this cold and snow, it’s going to take some serious supplies to endure the winter.

As promised earlier this fall, I put together a list of necessary survival tools for the Holland winter. This is only the beginning, and I’m sure I’ll be adding more tools later in the year — but so far, here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. A real winter coat

Up until now, I’ve survived with my 7th grade Aeropostale pea coat, but since the temperature has dropped down to a mere 23 degrees (and today all of the buttons fell off of my coat, so… that’s quite the issue.) In the meantime, I do have my crazy patterned ski coat here, so that’ll do until Thanksgiving break when I see my mom and she can pass along my new blue pea coat. 🙂 My suggestion is go for something warm with a hood, so that you don’t always have to juggle a hat if you’re just walking down the street.

2. A highly attractive scarf

In the end, who doesn’t want a warm, cozy way to keep your neck from getting chilled? Therefore, the solution is a scarf. Regardless of age or gender, the scarf is one of those personal items that will enhance your style and add conversation (that is, if you have a good one.) What do I mean by this? Well…

Scarf with Dogs on it
This is what I mean. Although it may quite possibly be the most odd scarf you have ever seen, I received it a few years back as a Christmas present… and honestly, I secretly really love it.:)

3. A positive attitude

Let’s be honest here. What college student truly wants to leave the depths of their nice, warm bed for an 8 AM class across campus? (The answer? No one. Not even if your crush is in your 8 AM class.) In this case, we must adapt our “But my bed is so warm” mentality for a “Just think about it — I can get 50 cents off my coffee at Cool Beans coffeehouse as an early bird bonus!” These minor changes in thinking will impact the rest of your day and give you a warm-up from the cold.

4. A pair of boots with grippers on the bottom

Being a blonde, this one may only apply to me. However, trying to wear shoes without grips on the slushy sidewalks is a recipe for disaster. Although these types of boots are not always the most attractive, put all worry aside and put safety over style. Believe me, you won’t be disappointed.

5. Coffee, Tea, Hot Chocolate, blankets, fluffy socks… warmth.

On the lucky side, even though most of the dorms are lacking air conditioning, heat is highly prevalent in the dorms. In fact, our room was starting to get so cozy I had to turn on the fan earlier last week! Now with the cold setting in full swing, the fan has been tucked back into the closet. On the plus side, though, Hope’s heat (at least in Kollen) is definitely working! But if the heat just isn’t enough, a mug, the comforter from your bed, and some of those fuzzy wuzzy socks will be sufficient alternatives.

Stay cozy with your laptop or smartphone and keep up with me @hopesophie17! If you have any questions, comments, or anything in between, feel free to comment below or send me an email at sophie.guetzko@hope.edu.

SO Thankful!

As we are creeping up on Thanksgiving, the homework is piling up, the Christmas decorations are coming out, the stress levels are rising, and I’m both happy and anxious at the same time. I find myself overwhelmed daily by how incredibly blessed I’ve been this year. That isn’t to say that there haven’t been difficulties, but I have found that God has just provided so abundantly. He is SO good.

I am so, so thankful for my family. I have been truly blessed by them each and every day, from vulnerable talks about real life, to group messages about Aaron Carter, 50 million inside jokes, and everything in between, I can truly call this group of people my best friends. Even better, I gained another sister this year, and if that isn’t something to be thankful for, I’m not sure what is!

My family at my brother's 8th grade graduation.
All of us at my oldest brother’s 8th grade graduation. Check out the sweet guitar tie he borrowed from my dad! 🙂
My family at my brother's wedding
All of us at my brother’s wedding in October! My oldest brother Matthew and his wife Maggie are on the left, the bride and groom, Ethan and Trina, in the middle, then me, and my parents on the right!
My grandparents and I
My grandparents and I on my birthday last year!

I have also been blessed by so many incredible friends coming into my life this year. They are all just crazy wonderful. I love all the time I get to spend with the ones who are at Hope, and I truly cherish the time I get with the people who are in other places!

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As you can probably tell from the pictures above, I have been able to build some really awesome friendships while at Hope and I’m so thankful for those. One of the things I am most thankful for this year is being here at Hope. I love love love the music program, I love the intentional Christian community that is cultivated and encouraged here, I love the people, I love the campus, I love the town, I love my classes, and I could go on and on. I’ve known I wanted to come to Hope for a long time, but sometimes it’s just still so surreal. I wasn’t always sure whether it would work out or not for me to come here, but it’s so clear to me that God made this all work out for a reason and that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

I am also so thankful to be a student blogger. It’s truly been awesome and something I had hoped to do for a long time! Kind of a mini-“dream-come-true.” 🙂 I also recently got a job at Pizza Hut (I start next week! Come visit me!) and that’s definitely something to be thankful for, too. Not only is it a way to pay for school, but I just truly enjoy having a job and I’m excited to start working there!

I am also just so thankful for all things that God is doing in my life. I know I talked about this in a different blog post, but a post about things I’m thankful for wouldn’t feel complete if I left it out! In the past few months, God has really been showing me that I need to let him make me new. Trying to give up the control over my life that I’ve always held onto so tightly has not always been easy, but I’ve just experienced so many great changes. My attitude is so much better. I am so much happier. I am way more easygoing and far less stressed. I even feel physically better (except the part where I was sick for like a month and a half… Doesn’t count.). I am also hopefully going to get placed in a school as a Young Life leader for next semester and I’m so excited about that and all the things that God is doing through that ministry in Holland and throughout the world. I can’t wait to see the things he uses it for throughout the next four years! I am also just so thankful that, like one of my favorite songs says, God’s love is strong and always penetrates our lives even though we can get so caught up and focused on other things. His plans are so good and his love is so pure and that’s definitely something to be thankful for.

What are you thankful for? Leave me a comment, email me at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, or tweet @hopekathryn17! I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for reading and have a fantastic Thanksgiving!


“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.”

Psalm 118:1.

 

 

The Apple Cider Challenge

We have a number of really great coffeeshops in and around Holland. Since I am (supposed to be) on a caffeine hiatus for a little while, I want to compare and contrast a few of them through taste-testing not coffee, not cappuccino, but apple cider. There’s just something about apple cider in the fall! I love it!

Control: Apple cider from my Keurig

Apple cider from my Keurig
Side note… I found this mug on sale and couldn’t resist!

Taste: 6

Smell: 6

Burnt tongue? Yep.

Size: Small (8 ounces, standard Keurig size).

Price: Super cheap. Less than a dollar.

Overall happiness factor: 6. I can admit that this is not the greatest, but it does the trick when I don’t want to make the trek anywhere else for a cup of hot cider. I’ve been tearing through this stuff since I’ve been sick. I think it actually might smell better than it tastes, but it’s all good. I’ve never had a cup of cider that did me wrong.


JP’s

Apple cider from JP's
Yum!

Taste: 9.2

Smell: 8.5

Burnt Tongue? Yep. I can’t wait for it to cool off at all… I just wanna drink it!

Size: The small was actually decent. I was pleasantly surprised.

Price: $3.05 (after tax)

Overall happiness factor: 9. This was really good. Really really really good. (Try adding caramel… Even better!)


Crane’s In the City

Cider from Crane's in the City
I got some apple crisp while I was at Crane’s as well. So tasty!

Taste: 7.5

Smell: 7

Burnt Tongue? YES. This was super hot.

Size: Average mug.

Price: $2-ish.

BONUS POINTS: This came in a mug with Santa on it. I love all things Christmas.

Overall happiness factor: 7.8. This was more of a “spiced” cider than JP’s (which is the way it was intended to be). It was definitely good and you can’t beat the price. I also highly recommend the chai-der (cider with chai tea! SO GOOD.).


Lemonjello’s

Cider from Lemonjello's
Delicious!

Taste: 9

Smell: 8.5

Burnt tongue? NO SIR.

Size: Decent. Comparable to JP’s.

Price: $2.75

Overall happiness factor: 8.75…ish. It was really good.


AND THE WINNER IS…

JP’s was my favorite. LJ’s is also really really good. They were super close. I would get cider from Crane’s again, too! I don’t really think you can go wrong with a simple apple cider. I’ve never met one I didn’t like!

Thanks for reading! Send me an email at kathryn.krieger@hope.edu, leave a comment, or tweet me at @hopekathryn17!


“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.”

John 15:2

Junior Year Has Come!

Welcome back to Hope! So glad you are with me again, for the third year in a row. We are certainly in the grind here on campus, getting into our new classes, labs, research, and projects. Everyone is finally settling into their schedules and learning how their time-management is best organized.

It is now my Junior year here as a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. Things have changed a lot, and changed very little. Time only brings perspective, and college is certainly a time of exponential growth in personal perspective and efficiency. Petty things that bogged us down freshman year are no longer big deals, and instead we are delving into our individual interests while enjoying our social circles. I stayed on campus all summer (more on this later), but I have still really enjoyed the reunions with friends and the bit of down time we had before classes started. The first weekend we were all back, my lab mate Chelsea invited me out to line dance at The Alaskan Pipeline, a bar and grill that is just a fantastic time. Though I’m not an excellent dancer, the people were very patient, and I think they really enjoyed watching me struggle with my two left feet.

Chels and I!
Chels and I!

My apartment-mates and I are settling into our new habitat outside the dorms. We are in a duplex this year, which is actually a lot different. We have a kitchen, a living room, a basement, and even a BACKYARD. We’ve had quite a few “Family Dinners” where we have a group of people over to eat. Here are a few of the crew in the backyard enjoying the latest popular YouTube sensations:

Friends

The most enjoyable part of being out of the dorm (for me at least) is not only being able to cook your own food, but also to “settle.” At the college age, settling becomes a very natural instinct, and especially after jumping around and moving every 6 months or so, it’s nice to have a place to call “home” where you can dump all your things.

Because we have a lot of books, our biggest accomplishments in our apartment include bookshelves. Here’s one I picked up at a local thrift store and painted in an “antique” style. Oh and I got it for $6. 😉

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Meanwhile, just as I was starting to get settled in, one of my friends played a practical joke on me and left me a TICKET on my car. I was SO UPSET when I got into my car and I saw it and I COULDNT BELIEVE IT. Then I actually read the ticket, and it said “HELLO GLOWSTICK!” This became my nickname this summer because I honestly don’t tan, and all my labmates claimed that I glowed in the dark at my softball games :(.

A Practical Joke
A Practical Joke…Ugh

Proteins

Classes are going so well, and everything has been very interesting. It’s like the point in high school when you finally get to take the classes you want to. It’s so awesome!!!! Biochemistry, Physics, Cognitive Psychology and ART. A dream schedule.

Marv with the Cobbler!
Marv with the Cobbler!

Meanwhile, we try to maintain some fun in our schedule. Our weekends are filled with social movie events and domestic extravaganzas like baking. In particular, fellow blogger (AND MY BESTIE) Marvin, and I, have been making cobblers all the time! It never lasts long because 1 – its super tasty, and 2 – its super delicious.

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We brought our professor Linda some and she LOVED IT SO MUCH she tweeted about it ;).

OK! More soon lovelies. Remember to follow me on the Twitter!