Wahoooo my first year at Hope College is officially complete!!!!!! I feel so incredibly blessed for opportunity to learn and grow at this place. The best part is I have 3 more years. My first year at Hope has been filled with great memories, professors, classes, friends, and fun.

As I reflect on the entire year, it makes me sad to think of not seeing my friends for a whole summer, but not too sad, because summer lasts only a short time. Hope has been a great place to not only learn from academics, but also learn about myself.


  • Freshman Orientation — an experience I will never forget
  • Watching the Pull for the first time — INTENSE
  • Competing and winning the Nykerk competition — Yeah Even Year!
  • Several trips to the beach — Beautiful Tunnel and Holland State Park
  • Buying my first longboard — and now always longboarding
  • Club Durf Dance parties — dressing up in costumes
  • Late night talks — so many with my great roommate
  • IHOP & Steak ‘n Shake midnight runs — careful with these, freshman 15…
  • Spring Fling — possibly one of the best days at Hope College
  • Concerts — local artists from Hope have a lot of great talent
  • Playing in the snow — you have to make the most of the cold weather =]
  • Skiing at Crystal and Boyne Mountain — I love skiing and want to take more trips next year
  • Endless time at coffee shops — I love studying at JP’s Coffee, just a block from campus
  • Chicago trip — provided by SAC (Hope’s Social Activities Committee), shopped a whole day and watched the City of Lights festival

These are just a couple of things that pop into my mind. This year really has been great. As cheesy as this sounds, college really is the best time of your life. I know everyone says it, but I now think I have had one of the best years of my 19 while being at Hope College.

Until next time,


Pictures from Spring Fling day

Published by Colleen Quick

My name is Colleen and I'm from Springfield, IL and am a Senior this year! I am studying International Business and Spanish. I have been involved with a variety of groups and activities on campus such as: Business Club, Student Alumni Leadership Council, Volunteer Services Committee, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Intramurals, HEI, Dance Marathon, and other activities. I love Hope College and the people here! So blessed to be living in Holland and attending Hope :]

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