Spring Fling – Music, Friends, Fun.

Most days here at Hope are pretty great, but none have been greater than last Friday afternoon, when SAC held Spring Fling in the Pine Grove.

The sky was bright blue and faces were smiling as Hope’s entire student body lined up around the Pine Grove, waiting to enter and receive the free Spring Fling shirt. Inflatables were being set up, hamburgers were on the grill, and the music began to carry us away into the afternoon.

I know this all sounds a little cheesy and it’s hard to believe something that wonderful can happen, but it can and it did. I have pictures to prove it.

Just a few parts of Spring Fling included: laser tag, a zip line, a giant inflatable slide, barbecue dinner, a mechanical bull, free ice cream, a live band, s’more making, an inflatable bungee basketball game, a jousting blowup, and an obstacle course.

The best part by far about Spring Fling was that everyone was there. The people you met in your hall, the people you met in class, the same people you smile at while walking to class every day, the people you’ve haven’t yet had the pleasure to meet. Seeing everyone and being able to spend time with them before leaving was the most I could’ve asked for.

I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my last weekend at Hope. Spring Fling is now my favorite event put on by the SAC, and I can’t wait until next year (even though the thought of being a sophomore already is killing me).

I’m really glad I could share this experience with all of you reading. Hopefully one day you can experience something like Spring Fling, too, or come to Hope’s and have a blast.

Thanks for reading,

Brooke

If you have any questions for me you can contact me at brookelyn.wharton@hope.edu, through Facebook, or my Twitter @hopebrooke18! I’d love to answer them!

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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Bountiful Blessings

Hey friends! It has totally been such a long time since I’ve posted. I guess that reflects how busy the last week of class and exam week is…? Anyways, what matters is that I’m posting now! I just want to share how my last week of class as a junior was, and how my exam week is going. It’s crazy for me to believe that I am leaving Hope in 3 days, and I am flying to Europe in less than a week. Seriously, time flies when you’re having fun and are busy. I’m going to be senior in a short 3 days. THAT’S CRAZY. I’m going to start with my Easter weekend, so you can get the whole picture.

EASTER: Easter break was the “calm” before the storm. In the sense that the last week of class was going to be so very hectic. But Easter was wonderful. I spent time with my family, and family time is always a good time. I’m so glad that I saw my cousins, and most of them too! We’re all busy, and just coming together for a short couple of hours was perfect. Here is a picture of my crazy cousins!

Here are some of my cousins!
Here are some of my cousins!

After Easter dinner, I drove back to Holland to face one of my craziest weeks out of my entire semester. Why, you might ask? Well, I had two finals for two of my nursing classes. I came back a little early so I could get a head-start on studying. But before I studied, I went out to dinner with some of my best friends. It was awesome because 1) it was very warm that Sunday, and 2) we took my friends car and the top goes down. So essentially,i it was a convertible thingy. All that matters is that I started looking forward to summer even more!

MONDAY: Last Monday, I had my last Adult Nursing lecture. YES. The only thing that was frustrating was that we still had so much material to cover for our exam that same week. Typical nursing though. After our 4-ish hours of lecture, it was time to grab a bite to eat, then study all night. And by all night, until 2:00 a.m. I know, sounds pretty fun right!?

TUESDAY: Tuesday morning, I had my practicum evaluation with my nursing professor. The purpose of the evaluations was to identify my strengths and areas for growth, and for me to know how well I did in the clinical setting. And let me tell you, I can’t complain! Evaluations, no matter from which clinical and professor is affirming for me. I know every time that I go into an evaluation that I want to be a nurse, regardless how stressful our days are! After, I just studied, for the rest of the day until late in the morning. Another pretty eventful day (sarcasm).

WEDNESDAY: Wednesdays are always busy. In the morning, I had my Advanced Adult exam, and I was just happy to get that out of the way. Following that exam, I studied more and prepared for my classes that day. In our nursing research class, we had presentations (I did mine last week) and we just listened peer proposals for research. Let me tell you, a lot of students do not like this class, but as the nerd I am, I really enjoyed it. This is something I want to do with my life, research!! After my long day of class, it was time to study again, for the third day in a row. WOO. But before I could do that, I had my first SAC meeting for the 2014-2015 school year as a director. I’m SO EXCITED for SAC next year!

THURSDAY: I studied all week, so Thursday was the day to prove to myself, as well as my professor, that I know my material. And I did. All of my hard work paid off. I got an excellent grade on a nursing exam. And it’s a nursing exam, so that’s saying something! After my exam, it was straight to bed because I only got 4 hours of sleep the night before. When I woke up from my extended nap, I had the opportunity to participate in a focus group regarding nursing central stations. It was a great experience! In the end, those who participated received a gift cards to Lemonjello’s. SCORE, coffee for DAYS. After the focus group, I watched Parks and Rec to help me wind my week down.

FRIDAY: So much to talk about! On the last Friday of class, Hope College SAC has an event called Spring Fling. And oh my goodness, what a perfect way to celebrate after one school year! Spring Fling had a special value for me this year because I, along with 3 other SAC members planned the event. And it was just so rewarding to see everyone having fun and celebrating. You can’t beat smiles!! Here is a slideshow of pictures of some of my fellow SAC members and friends at Spring Fling!

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Okay friends, that’s all for now. I still have so much to tell you all before the year comes to a close! Be on the look out! Thanks again!

Lots of “Lasts”

Well, this past month has been packed with so many fun events so I thought I would just show some of the highlights with pictures. Second semester senior year is filled with a lot of “lasts.” Last Spring fling, Chapel, Gathering, Classes, etc…. Even though it is sad to think that we will all be leaving this place in just a few short days it makes me want to soak everything in and love people I am around. I want to embrace my last week here at Hope and treasure these valuable experiences, because I know life will be very different after college. I think it is safe to say I will miss the people and community most about Hope. I absolutely love my friends, and we always seem to have a great time when we are together. It was a lot of fun seeing Hope College at Spring Fling in the Pine Grove and enjoying some sunshine, food, music, rides, and friends all in one place.

Well I’m off to the Last Gathering! I’m ready to soak in my last week at Hope College with the people I love.

Went home for Easter and hung out with my dog :]
Went home for Easter and hung out with my dog :]
Spring Fling with Lydia and Jannessah
Spring Fling with Lydia and Jannessah
Concert outside the dorms
Concert outside the dorms
Girls Night Out in Saugatuck
Girls Night Out in Saugatuck
Love these friends
Love these friends
The "Lincoln Land Saloon"  at Monique's Bridal Shower
The “Lincoln Land Saloon” at Monique’s Bridal Shower
Celebrating Susan's 22nd Birthday!
Celebrating Susan’s 22nd Birthday!
Bike To Uganda for Building Tomorrow, which helps build schools in Uganda
Bike To Uganda for Building Tomorrow, which helps build schools in Uganda
My housemate Amy teaching me to hug...
My housemate Amy teaching me to hug…