Engaging with Hope and Beyond

One of the main pillars of my Hope experience has been my involvement in clubs and organizations. While a lot of individuals think of college as a mostly academic endeavor, there is much to be said about the experiences that take place outside of the classroom. For me, an international student from Nigeria, building a …

The Exquisite Beauty of Holland, Michigan

What is life like as a Hope College Student in Holland, Michigan? As an international student, it was a struggle to adjust being far away from my home country of the 7,614 islands of the Philippines; it was a struggle for me to figure how to adjust within a different country, let alone a small …

Hope College Senior Reflects on Why She Chose Hope

“Why Hope?” A common question throughout my last four years. My answer always danced between a number of responses: a flood of unsolicited Hope propaganda from extended family, a phenomenal admissions rep, or Hope’s Christian-based education. Although all of those answers are true, none of them encapsulate the root of my decision to come to …

Why Hope?

I have heard the saying “when you know you know” a lot in my life. I do not think there is any statement that can be as true as that when it came to choosing Hope. Community When someone asks about the community aspect of Hope there are no hesitations when saying that it is …

My Experience in the Nykerk Even Year Play

This past Saturday, Hope hosted its 88th annual Nykerk competition. Freshman and sophomore (a.k.a. even and odd year) girls competed in song, play, and oration, to take home the coveted Nykerk Cup. Those with keen eyes may have spotted me in the even year play as the totally tubular Jennifer Nicole-Heather Johnson, a student trapped …

An International Student Explores Different Sides of America

For an international student from Nigeria who moved six thousand miles to study at Hope College, the idea of leaving Michigan to go off campus might seem puzzling. However, once you understand the drive that propelled me across the Atlantic, you can appreciate why I wanted to experience more parts of the United States during …

Why Drinking a Slushie in 7 Degree Weather Was Good For My Ego

I was drinking a slushie today in the parking lot of Holland State Park. I know that sounds kind of weird, but it’s actually an experience I take part in on a semi-regular basis. It was a 20 oz ICEE, to be exact, and it was one sale for only $1 from the Meijer convenient …

It’s Past 1 AM, and I’m Overwhelmed – But Not in a Bad Way

It’s past 1 AM and I have an unfinished Research Synthesis paper due tomorrow at 11 AM. I’m sipping on half of a cup of cold coffee and have a Patagonia sweatshirt tied around my neck like a cape. I’m sitting in the sunroom of my cottage, which can hardly be called a sunroom at …

I Asked Myself Out On a Date, And I Said “Yes.”

There seems to be something romantic about being in a relationship in the winter. I added the word seems because I’m honestly not really sure, as I’ve never been a part of that experience. But to me, it seems as though it would be lovely. A couple of days ago I woke up to a …

Destination: Cameroon

Alright alright alright. Here’s that anticipated post about the Peace Corps! People requested me to talk about my journey throughout the Peace Corps application process, so here it is! Many of my friends have only seen pictures, so here’s the real story. I hope you enjoy it all! Since my sophomore year of college, the …