Events to Look Forward To!!!

Hello everybody! I hope your week has been going well and I thank you for sitting down for a moment and reading my blog! With the new semester well underway, I figured it would be nice to outline some big events going on in the upcoming weeks. Since I live with a member of the SAC (Student Activities Committee), I’m always aware of the major activities going on around campus and even off-campus. Here’s a list of some of the things in January and February that are happening:

  • January 17: This night happens to be Winter Fantasia! It’s a winter dance that is held in Grand Rapids and is open to any student who wishes to go and doesn’t require you to have a date or any dancing skills. There is always yummy food and photo booths that keep people entertaining when you aren’t dancing and laughing with friends.
  • January 23: The Hypnotist—each year, a hypnotist comes to campus and puts on an amazing show that makes people crack up! This is one of my favorite events because the hypnotist is able to make the group on stage do hilarious things that make no sense but are super entertaining.
  • January 30: Hope’s hockey team plays against Davenport! Hockey games are always a popular event because we tend to have a really good team and it’s a fun activity to go to that is slightly off campus. Being able to escape campus just for a bit is a nice treat once in a while, but make sure to dress warmly!
  • February 13: SAC puts on a visit to Skyzone. If you are not familiar with this, it’s an indoor trampoline arena that has trampolines everywhere so you just bounce around with friends until your legs can no longer manage to jump anymore. If you’re looking for an event that allows you to get a good workout, definitely look into going to this!
  • February 20: Dodgeball Tournament! Along with the Skyzone, this activity requires a bit of a workout as well. A huge dodgeball tournament is put on in the Dow involving any students that want to put together a team. This event gets pretty intense once it gets down to the semifinals, so even if you don’t want to participate, it’s a fun atmosphere to be around.
  • February 28: Since there will most likely still be plenty of snow and cold in the end of February, the next event planned is going to Grand Rapids and ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle. It’s nice to get out of Holland at times, so grabbing your friends and some ice skates is a fun afternoon.

This about sums up the events taking place through February, but there are plenty more later into the semester such as Dance Marathon, the Really Big Talent Show and Spring Fling. I always love knowing the events going on around campus so I have fun things to look forward to at the end of a stressful week. Hopefully these activities spark an interest and we see you there soon!

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Back To School, Snowpocalypse, Africa Oh My!

Well, the first week of the spring semester is finished. To top it off, it finished on a great note because we have a SNOWDAY TODAY! For those of you who don’t remember, the weather was like this exactly one year ago. It was so bad that people coined the term, “Snowpocalypse 2014.” I definitely think it’s safe to say that it can be carried over to this year. But in comparison to last year, my gut tells me that its worse this time around. In less than 24 hours, Holland accumulated 1 foot of snow, and more is expected. The wind gusts are so strong that it shifts the snow making it very deep in some places. This snowday is for a good reason,

The text message that brought the best news of the week.
The text message that brought one of the best news of this week.

Despite all of this cold weather, the winter and Mother Nature make Hope look very pretty, making this week back to school that much better. Personally, I’m not a big fan of the winter except that I can go skiing. Other than that, snow is only pretty from the inside. My plan for today’s snowday is to stay in my sweats, eat food, watch Netflix, and stay in bed. Oh, and maybe do some of that thing called homework.

Okay, enough about the weather. Classes are going swell. I just can’t believe this is my last undergraduate semester, so everyday counts. Before I know it, May 3rd will be around the corner. It feels great to be back and go on a routine. Seeing all of my friends is also a plus! Back to the weather one more time, even though today’s snowday is a highlight, I have better new for you. In October, I applied to the Peace Corps in hopes to serve our country abroad in the health field. This past week, I have been notified that I am being considered to serve in Cameroon for the Child and Maternal Health Volunteer Program. To top it off, I RECEIVED AN INVITATION FOR AN INTERVIEW NEXT WEEK! To be considered for a program and to have an interview is such an honor in itself. I am looking forward to my joinery with the Peace Corps. I will keep you all updated!

Well, that’s it for now my fellow readers! Enjoy these two beautiful pictures of Hope I took this week, and make sure to follow me on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15 and follow me on Instagram at Marvsolberg to get a feel for what life is like at Hope! Stay warm!