To my Mentors: Thank you for Being a Friend

My Hope College experience can be attributed to one thing: community. My freshman year, it was very easy for me to assume that my community would be my peers. However, as I reflect on my nearly 4 years at Hope, I have come to realize and develop an appreciation for the mentors who I have …

Making the Decision to Choose Hope

Big Decision When you are a senior in high school the last thing you want to worry about is where you are going to go after you graduate. You are more worried about graduation itself, what your friends are doing after school, and your grades. Why worry over next year? Yet, there is a tug …

Community Forged through Unathleticism: A Take on Intramurals

My friends and family will be the first to tell you that I am not a sporty person. From watching sports to participating in them, I am usually the first to say no. However, one of the few things I have always appreciated about sports is the community that you can find within, and as …

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 …

Academics at Hope as a Business and Communication Major

The First Step I vividly remember how nervous I was about college classes as a high school student. I tend to be a perfectionist so I was concerned with not succeeding academically at Hope College when I had made my decision to attend. Thankfully, my high school prepared me extremely well, and the deeper I …

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 …