Dear Hope College

Dear Hope College,

Let me preface this post with some honesty – Hope was NOT my first choice. I didn’t want to come here because I had family that has been here. I wanted to go somewhere different, not following in the footsteps of my family. Four years later, I find myself struggling leaving behind an institution that has changed me for good in so many ways. Although I am ready to graduate and apply the things I have learned, leaving behind the friendships among my friends and professors will be the most challenging part. I know I won’t be able to call my friends who are 5 minutes away and see if they want to go to dinner, or go watch a movie, and that very thought scares me. Plus, being 6,000 miles away is going to make it more difficult, but this is all part of the challenge.

Since my freshman year, my faith has grown exponentially. Not only did Chapel and the Gathering help in this process, but the intentionality my friends and professors had in my spiritual journey really propelled me. The pure intentionality that is characteristic of the Hope College community is very unique and cannot be found anywhere else. Without the supportive community Hope harbors, I would not be the same adult I am today. This is what attracts so many students to come here. It’s amazing.

Additionally, Hope has provided me with opportunities that no other college could have given. Firstly, I was accepted into the Nursing program, one of the most difficult programs to get into. Without this backbone in my college career, where would I be!? The experiences that I’ve had within the program also led me to other opportunities including becoming a teaching assistant (TA).

I was also able to visit Washington D.C. for two years in a row; one year to meet presidential candidates and the other to discuss and learn more about social injustices. I was accepted to study abroad in Vienna with Hope’s Vienna Summer School, yet again providing me with an unforgettable experience. The memories and friendships formed are ones that are merely unforgettable.

One of my highlights throughout my entire college career is my involvement in student life, with Student Activities Committee (SAC). Becoming a student leader and leading an influential group on campus has allowed me to grow in ways I could not have imagined. Through this organization, I gained skills, an influential mentor, and life-long friends. I continuously rave about how hard-working my organization is and I am incredibly proud. Leaving behind an organization such as SAC will be tough knowing that it is going to exponentially grow.

It’s crazy to think about everything that has happened these past four years. A lot of things make sense now. I now understand why some opportunities were closed for me; God had a better plan for me and opened other doors for me. All of my experiences too now make sense, because all of my hard work has paid off and I am headed to serve in Cameroon with the Peace Corps. My jigsaw puzzle is complete, for now!

This liberal arts college, this campus, and these people make Hope what it is. Knowing that I have been part of Hope’s heart and soul is the very reason why I don’t want to leave. The individuals who have supported me through my triumphs and set-backs, from the moments I celebrated to times I cried, thank you so much for being there for me. You too, Hope College, thank you for being there for me. Hope is more than just a school with a great accolades; Hope is a community in which you are supported, loved, and appreciated. And for that, Hope College, I thank you.

With much love,
Marvin Solberg

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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!

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!

Dear Abby #3

Can you guys believe it’s almost April? As in tomorrow will be April. That means that we Hope students only have 1 month or less left of the spring semester! It’s pure madness. Honestly, it’s crazy to believe that I’m almost done with my junior year. I registered for classes this morning, and it said that my registration purpose was for “Senior.” Maybe Hope made a mistake? I’m not ready to leave this place. Pretty darn soon, Hope 2018 will be here! SO EXCITING!!

Anyways, here is the third “Dear Abby.” You guys ask great questions, and I enjoy answering them because I can too reminisce!

Dear Abby, food. Is the food good at Hope? What do you do for meals?

Great question. Hope has 2 dining halls, Phelps and Cook. Phelps is primarily for underclassmen, and Cook Hall is for upperclassmen. The majority of the students eat at Phelps. Anyway, I absolutely don’t mind the food. I need to eat! I mean, some days are excellent, and some days are so-so. We also have the Kletz snack bar! Here, you can use Dutch Dollars to get food, of use your meal plans if you have over 70 credits I believe. That’s what I usually do. I find the Kletz very convenient because it’s fast, and closer to my apartment. But for me, I like to change things a bit when it comes to food. If i’ve had a long day, or its the weekend, I will treat myself by going to a restaurant with my buddies (PF Changs, Applebees), cook on my own (I actually do a good amount of cooking), or get fast food, oopsie. Ultimately, the food at Hope is great! It has to be because you are paying good money to be here, so you only deserve the best. Hope also has a great meal plan program, so you have flexibility in meals! Hopefully, this helps!

Dear Abby, during my tour and visit at Hope, they said you can have your car on campus. Should I bring mine?

That is correct. As freshmen, you can have cars on campus, which is really convenient. Here’s my take. If you live a good distance from campus, a car is almost necessary so you can drive yourself home. But, if you know others from your area that are going to Hope, you can carpool with them. That way, you are saving money, and it’s cost effective. When you come here, you will meet a good chunk of people who have cars, so driving in Holland won’t be a problem. But because parking is survival of the fittest here, finding a parking space is always a competition. Sometimes, I get really upset because the same car is parked in the same spot for an extended period of time. If you have a car on campus, use it! I use my car all of the time, whether thats going to Grand Rapids for clinicals, running errands, attending community events, buying groceries, or going out to eat. Lastly, if you have a car, your parents won’t have to pick you up! That was my logic when I told my parents I wanted to bring my car to college, and hey, it worked!

Dear Abby, it’s obviously going to hard to pay for school, so I would like to get a job. What is your take on this?

Awesome awesome awesome question. I totally agree with you with in regard to the difficulty paying for school. My financial aid package deemed eligible “Federal Work Study.” This was great, because these students get the priority for jobs on campus! There is a huge work fair at the beginning of the year, and you can apply to as many as you want, then several departments will be in contact with you regarding positions. From there, all you have to do is pick! If you’re not on Federal Work Study, don’t fret! There are still many job opportunities. During my freshman year, I decided not work. Reason? I wanted to establish myself a student, and take time to establish a great friend group. Those two things in itself is a full time job! I don’t regret not working my freshman year. I am very happy with my choice, otherwise, I wouldn’t have my core group of friends! So, I started working my sophomore year, and my jobs truly have fluctuated just based on availability. Right now, I’m loving my jobs, and can’t wait to continue with them next year! If you feel like you want to wait a year, or a semester, go for it! If you want to get into work ASAP, go for it! Just make sure you prioritize school first, always!

Last but not least!

Dear Abby, it’s obvious that you are very involved in student affairs at Hope. How did you get these student leader positions?

The simple answer to that question is through the grace of God, honestly. Since being at Hope, I have been presented with so many student leadership opportunities, whether that’s 2 years of doing orientation, being an immersion trip leader, or being involved in SAC. I work very hard in what I do because I want it to have true meaning. In terms of these positions, they do not come to me. You have to go to them. One big this college students may have difficulty doing is stepping out of their comfort zone and try something new. In high school, I was one of those quiet kids if you didn’t know me, but if you did know me, I was full of energy. I can tell you for sure that its changed; I’m always the loud one now! 🙂 To get into these positions, I merely applied to them and showed my advisors my potential. I know I have potential, it was just a matter of executing it. By being accepted into these roles, I continue to show my hard work and my potential. It’s always a learning process. Essentially, if you want student leadership positions, work hard and prove to others AND yourself that you are high capable! Be self-aware! Hopefully this helps!

Thanks again for the questions, friends! Keep asking them. I honestly love answering them. You can either send me a direct message on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15 or talk to me on Hope on Facebook! Thanks for reading!!

Spring Break Happenings

Nothing.

Haha, I’m just kidding. I thought I was funny there for a second. Anyways, yes, Hope College is on spring break! Very very very exciting for all students around. Why? A break from all of the school work! Although I may not be in sunny paradise enjoying the beach or sand, I am in Holland getting ahead on my school work and preparing for the rest of the semester. Because when we do come back, there are only 26 days of class left. Holy cow, that is not that much at all. OOOOOOO I am getting so pumped as I type this!! Ok, kept it together Marv. So another countdown reminder for myself here. I only have 48 days until Europe! Eeeeeek, I cannot contain my excitement.

This spring break hasn’t been really “spring,” but it has been break for sure. When we got out last Thursday, I stayed in my apartment because I had some last minute work to do. I left for home Friday afternoon, after the Michigan v. Illinois basketball game of course. Let me tell you, that was one close game. Good thing Michigan won! So, I drove home, and as I continued to climb north, the temperature kept going down, and the amount of snow I saw kept increasing. Go figure. By the time I arrived at my house, it was literally 39 degrees, and when I left Holland 2.5 hours ago, it was 55. #notimpressed.

Well, I decided to only stay home for the weekend because I had a lot of work I wanted to tackle, and it is so hard for me to focus on my work at home. I end up doing nothing. But Hope’s library is open from 9a-6p, so it is absolutely perfect. Anyways, at home, I merely relaxed and did nothing because I deserved it. My weekend was full of basketball. I could not complain at all. I returned to Hope Sunday evening, just in time to watch my favorite TV show, Revenge. After, I headed to sleep.

Since Monday, I’ve been doing school related work. Doing homework due the week we get back from break, and work due throughout various times in the semester. People may call me insane, but it’s for my benefit!! I will have a smooth rest of my semester, and can look forward to Europe! My spring break hasn’t been really eventful compared to my friend’s, but I’m okay with that.

But, there are some exciting things that did happen during my week of break! Yesterday, it was warm enough to run outside. YES! So of course, I took advantage of this weather, because it can literally change at any minute.

I ran throughout downtown Holland and to Kollen Park!
I ran throughout downtown Holland and to Kollen Park!

I thought it would be a good idea to start running to get back into that groove. I can tell you for sure that compared to this past fall, my running stamina has decreased a little bit. Time to incorporate running back to my life! Another exciting thing is that Foster The People came out with a new album! I was super stoked because their last album, “Torches,” came out in 2011, so they were due. It’s on Spotify and iTunes. I already bought it. It’s super good, and highly recommend you listen and download it! Last but not least, I figured out my schedule for my fall semester of my senior year. CRAZY! But what’s more crazy is that for the first half of the semester, I only have class on Tuesdays and Wednesdays! How is that even possible!? I definitely got lucky, because that does NOT happen to nursing majors! I am super excited to say the least!!

There you have it! That is what is happening so far. If you don’t already, make sure you follow me on Twitter at @HopeMarvin15! Otherwise, have a great night and rest of your week!

It’s a Little Late, But…

It’s Thursday, and today marked freedom from higher education. In “normal” terms, it’s officially spring break for Hope College! #SB2K14! It’s quite an exciting time because all students deserve a nice long break, whether that is down south, or home, a break is a break. The weather may not be spring-like, but at least there is break! Alright, anyways, my break will consist of the following:

  • Sleeping
  • Hygiene
  • Eating
  • Homework
  • Work
  • Eating
  • Sleeping

Then you repeat that more for an extended period of time. Who knows, maybe I’ll throw in something spontaneous! Anyways, as many people will be relaxing and enjoying the sun and beach, I’ll be getting some serious work done. My motivation for so much work? The rest of my semester would be a smooth ride with little stress. Who doesn’t want a semester with little stress? So, that’s my prelude to spring break.

Here is more about what I did this past weekend and week!

WEEKEND: Dance Marathon was on Friday. I wasn’t there, but I was definitely supporting my friends who were there! Friday night was nice because I had time to myself, something that rarely happens. I truly enjoyed it. Then on Saturday, one of my best friends Joey and I went to Ann Arbor to watch the University of Michigan Wolverines play the Indiana Hoosiers in Michigan’s last regular season basketball game. Road trips are a blast, especially with awesome friends. This made the drive to Ann Arbor fun and fast. When Joey and I arrived, we ate at Noodles and Company, one of our favorite food joints. Then we walked to the Crisler Arena for the game. Want to know something cool? Joey and I tweeted a picture about the game, and it got on the jumbotron! I was SO excited. Here’s a picture of it!

Here we are on the jumbotron. What an honor it was!
Here we are on the jumbotron. What an honor it was!

That was just such a cool experience. The game had so much energy, and it was very close. But in the end, Michigan won! Go Blue! But again, don’t worry, I am an avid Michigan fan, but I am so glad that I go to Hope! My experiences here make me who I am today. If I went to Michigan, who knows where I would be in life! But Michigan is DEFINITELY my #1 option for grad school.

Go Blue!
Go Blue!

We drove back that night following the game, but before doing so, we hit up another great place to eat; Chipotle. Honestly, I do not understand why Holland does not have a Chipotle. Can we please get a petitioned signed to get one established? Sunday was a sleep-in, catch day on homework. Oh oh oh! And my favorite TV show, Revenge, returned. It was such a great day. To make things even better, my co-leader, Jess, from the immersion trip we lead to Washington D.C. last year visited Holland for the weekend. Obviously, she graduated last year, and now interns for Sojourners in Washington D.C. So cool! What a treat it was to be with her. Although it was super short, it was great to see her and catch up with her for a little bit!

Reunited with Jess! (and Erica and Joey of course)
Reunited with Jess! (and Erica and Joey of course).

To sum up my weekend, it was awesome, A+. Now this past week has been HECTIC. I felt as if everyday lasted one week. Both Monday and Tuesday, I had clinicals and was at Grand Rapids for them. I worked Tuesday night, then I had a large assignment due Thursday. All I did Tuesday and Wednesday night was homework, and by homework, I mean this assignment. Having so much work before any break is annoying, but it feels so good to have it done. It makes the smooth transition to Spring Break much easier!

Anyways, thats all on this post. I am in the works of posting another blog that I think you will all like. Stay tuned!!!

I Heart Hope!

Happy Valentines day to all, in a relationship or not. Essentially, Hope College is my Valentine, and that’s why I heart Hope! But here’s my take on this ridiculous holiday…

“There’s no ‘us’ in Valentines Day, but there is an ‘I.’ HAPPY VALENTINES DAY TO ME!

Anyways, this week has been the longest short week ever. Although we only had 3 days of class, I honestly felt like we had an entire week of class. There was just so much to do; papers, homework, working, and planning. Boy am I glad it’s Friday! After class, I just have to do work for Student Congress and then it’s more homework, studying, and hanging out with some of my best friends. On the plus side, in two weeks, we will be halfway through the semester already. Time really does fly.

Today is a special day because not only is it a Visit Day, but it’s also the Nursing Showcase. Yeah, I may be a bit biased because it’s my major, but it’s such an interactive day. If you are interested in the nursing major and are on campus today, you’ll get to meet the outstanding nursing staff, and you’ll be able to go to the skills lab!!! This lab is so sweet; there are mannequins students practice their skills on so you’re ready for the clinical setting!!

If you’re here for the visit day and the nursing showcase, I truly wish that you find this campus as your future home. Please take advantages of visit day! Ask questions, talk with students and professors, and experience some Hope culture! I hope you all have super time here, and if you need any help or have questions, just DM or tweet me @HopeMarvin15HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! GOD LOVES YOU!

A Week In Review

TGIF. I never knew this day would come. Okay, Fridays always come, I’m just over-exaggerating. Many exciting things happened this past week, and more exciting things are going to happen. Want to know why? Because WINTER BREAK IS AROUND THE CORNER! Truly exciting. Okay, so I want to share with y’all what I did from last Friday until today; like a ‘Week in Review’ dealio.

LAST FRIDAY
A week ago today, I had my first Hibachi experience. Yes, I’ve been to plenty of Japanese restaurants, but I’ve never fully experienced Hibachi, when the chefs cook the food in front of you. Talk about a tease. I was sooooooo hungry by the time our chef was cooking, all I wanted to do was eat, but his dazzling display of skill and talent was well worth it. I just want to take the time to thank my friends who made these plans. In the slideshow at the bottom of this post, there’s an artsy picture I took.

SUPERBOWL SUNDAY
Obviously, last Sunday was the Superbowl. A bunch of my friends, including Chelsea Barfield, fellow Hope blogger, went to our family friend’s house, the Winters. They are so nice to have us over all the time. Seriously, if you’re reading this – YOU ROCK. Anyways, we enjoyed each others company, great food, and interesting game… if it was a game, to say the least. In the slideshow below, there’s a picture of me and my friend Alex with brownies on our teeth to make us look buck-toothed. It’s kind of a weird tradition started my freshman year. Classic me; goofball.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4th
For my Maternity clinical, we are required to have a periopertative experience. For those of you who don’t understand medical jargon, periopertative means the entire surgery process; pre, intra, and post. You know how PERImeter means around something? PERIoperative represents the same idea, all around the surgical process. Anyways, it was such an exciting day. It started at 0645 (sorry, I’m used to military time now). You might think that’s early, it is, but for surgery, I’ll do anything. Once I got to the hospital, they welcomed me, and had me change ASAP so I can start my day. I chose to be with the ENT surgeon (ears-nose-throat). He seriously had back-to-back-to-back-to-back surgeries. He was so fast. Because of this, I observed 10 surgeries that day. It was super exciting to say the least. I’ve truly never explored surgical nursing – but after this awesome experience, I’m thinking about it!!!

WINTER BREAK
I’m oh so glad it’s break after my class today. Although I should be relaxing, I will be partaking in many homework assignments and getting ahead so I am in tip-top shape for what’s to come this semester. Also, if you didn’t know, THE 22ND WINTER OLYMPICS STARTED YESTERDAY IN SOCHI, RUSSIA! I watched it literally for 4 hours. Tonight at 1930 (7:00 p.m.) is the opening ceremony. Here is a link to get you PUMPED.

THE 22ND WINTER OLYMPICS!

And then when I’m not watching the Olympics, I’ll be watching my new favorite TV show, Parks and Recreation. Well, here is that slideshow I promised!

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I’ll definitely be posting something during break, so be on the lookout!

#Snowpocalypse Part 2

Happy Wednesday to all! I made it to the halfway point of this week. I never thought this would happen assuming how cold it’s been. This week, West Michigan experienced a Polar Vortex thing. As I mentioned in my first #Snowpocalypse blog, Hope College cancelled class at noon last Friday because of deteriorating weather. From Friday until TODAYWEDNESDAY, the weather is still awful. And let me clarify about this crazy weather. Not only did it happen in West Michigan, but it happened everywhere. Here is a NASA photo that The Grand Rapids Press posted on their website.

Snowpocalypse. I wasn't exaggerating.
Snowpocalypse. I wasn’t exaggerating.

See? Saying snowpocalypse was an understatement. It should be more like, ICE AGE. Anyways, that weekend was fun because I got to spend a lot of time with Hannah and Divya. Let me update you on this week now. Surprisingly, Hope did not close school this past Monday and Tuesday. I mean, we’ve already had 2.5 snow days. BUT, all public schools, colleges, and universities around us closed down due to deteriorating weather. So, it was frustrating at times, yes, but I’m glad we had school – no make up work.

Transitioning to my classes: although Hope did not cancel school, my clinical on BOTH Monday and Tuesday were canceled because of the inclement weather. Taking a trek to Grand Rapids in THIS weather is merely not worth it, especially if it means risking your life. This week has been interesting to say the least. I had no clinical Monday and Tuesday, so I did SO much homework and studied for my exam tomorrow. I feel pretty good about it! Here is a random picture of me frozen due to Mother Nature.

I'm frozen and can't feel my face.
I’m frozen and can’t feel my face.

I am happy I didn’t have to risk my life going to Grand Rapids, but this makes it so that we are not gaining our experience at our clinical site. But as always, safety first! So instead of the trek to Grand Rapids, I trekked to the library to study. We LITERALLY have 3 feet of snow on the ground. It is practically up to my waist. Want proof?

Look at the snow. P.S., 2 thumbs up for not having clinical!
Look at the snow. P.S., 2 thumbs up for not having clinical!

Long story short, so much wind, so much snow, so much ice, and it won’t stop. I just can’t get a break, and this weather was fun at first. Now it’s just irritating. I feel bad for the people that live north of Grand Rapids. If you think we were hit hard, imagine that X 1,000,000,000 (1 billion)! My little brother has his 4th snow day today. I don’t think has ever happened! Anyway, there is my update on Mother Nature.

Random side note: This week, I’m going vegetarian just to see what it’s like. I already miss bacon, but this will be fun. Yesterday, I made tofu stir fry and fried rice. Let me tell you, it was one of the best things I’ve ever cooked. Here’s a pic!

I'm going veg!
I’m going veg!

If you all have any awesome suggestions for vegetarian meals, let me know! Today, I’ll be having salad for lunch, and spicy black bean burger for with fried rice for dinner! Ok folks, stay warm and safe out there! If you have suggestions for veggie meals, or just want to chat, you should probably follow me on twitter at @HopeMarvin15.

Christmas Break Must-Do’s!

As of today, there are 6 days until spring semester commences. Let’s make these last 6 days memorable, probably because this is going to be the only time we have time to relax before Winter Break! Here is a post on some ideas you can do in the last 6 days. I have done most of these, but to those that I haven’t done, I’d like to do ASAP. Are you up for it?

Read for Enjoyment!
Ok, this might sounds weird, but I like to read FOR FUN when it’s not mundane textbooks. Right now, I’m reading Love Does by Bob Goff. SO GOOD. And the coolest thing is that he is coming to HOPE COLLEGE IN JANUARY! I’m so pumped. Maybe, I can even get him to sign my book! Regardless, you don’t have to read his book, but read something you enjoy before you’re forced to read a textbook!

Enjoy the Outdoors!
Ok, this may sound even worse, but just appreciating winter weather CAN be relaxing, at least for me. There are so many activities to do outside during the winter, like XC skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and etc. Also, I’ve ran a few times outside too. I sound crazy, but I really like running. There was a day last week where it was 50 degrees, so I definitely took advantage of that. The only bad news is that it’s only limited to people who ACTUALLY have snow. If you don’t have snow, and live in the sun, don’t complain. 🙂

Watch Movies!
There are a plethora of movies (that are actually good) that are out in theaters. If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, Anchorman 2 is for you. I saw it, and it was just so funny. When a movie can make me laugh out loud, it’s pretty good. Another awesome movie to watch is Saving Mr. Banks. Oh my goodness, this movie was the best movie I have seen in a while. It was well directed, produced, casted, and was super genuine. No wonder why it was such a success. Another thing you could do is stay in bed all day and watch Netflix. Don’t worry, this is a judgment-free zone. I would consider that a success because you need to catch up on your TV shows.

CLEAN!
Again, you’re probably asking yourself, “Why is Marvin so weird?” Well, I don’t know how to answer that, I just am. You can clean your house and your room. Yesterday, I cleaned my room, and I’ve accumulated so much stuff since high school that I never organized. I recycled so much paper, and now, my room is immaculate. I’m only suggesting this because before you know it, it will pile up.

LASTLY

HANG OUT WITH YOUR FRIENDS!
So, this is probably the hardest one for me. Since leaving college, my relationships with my high school friends have been lost or disconnected. But I have those select few individuals I still talk to while I’m at school, and just being in their presence is awesome. I’ll be honest, I have more friends at Hope than I do home, and I’m 100% okay with that. All that matters to me is that I’m hanging out with the people I care about. Now, if you have a great group of friends at home, go. Go and hang out. Catch up over food, watch a movie, or just sit down and talk. Remember, time with your friends doesn’t matter, it’s the quality of your friendship.

I’m sure there are more things to do, but I just posted some ideas. I honestly can’t wait to be back at school, although this break has gone by so fast. But I have another post for you all later!