Springing into Spring 2012

We have officially had a full week of classes in the Spring 2012 semester and boy, I’m excited! With the new semester comes a breath of fresh air, a revision of goals, and clarity of the “big picture.” I’ll only have 6 more “new semesters” like this….well at least as an undergraduate. 

I’m famous for butting in at the most unconventional times and saying, “Guys…we’re in college…” It’s still unbelievable! I feel like I’ve been waiting for college for so long, and now that it’s here I have to remember to find time to just sit back and take it all in. WOW! GUYS WE’RE IN COLLEGE! For real! Maybe it’ll go away eventually, but I’m still sometimes shocked! 

So..what does Spring semester look like at Hope College?

For me, it’s a bit like this:



Between Analytical chem, Organismal Biology and Intro to Biblical Literature, my goal is to stay organized (fingers crossed). It’s really the easiest way to suceed and get things done efficiently!


My intro to Biblical Literature, with Professor Wayne Brouwer, is awesome. Throughout the semester we’ll read the majority of the Bible and discuss it’s themes and literary qualities. I love Bible classes because regardless of what you read or who is teaching them, you always learn something new and exciting. Professor Brouwer is insightful, funny, and dang! I’m really looking forward to his class this semester.

Analytical Chemistry is also really cool. Basically, it is what it sounds like. We analyze things and analyze the best way to analyze things. For example, one of our upcoming labs includes determining the % iron in a vitamin tablet. Real world application and science, it doesn’t get much better!

Cutesy other things have magically appeared now that it’s a new semester and a new year. I got our room an awesome little calendar that has a grocery list pad, to do list, and an area for everyone to mark down their events! 🙂

men are ranked 7th in the country??!

<img src="http://blogs.hope.edu/students/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2012/01/img6.jpg you just can't find good squash in Holland, so my grandma always sends me some (the girls call it my "babyfood" hah).

We also try to keep it healthy around here. We have hummus and pretzels, sugar snap peas, celery, applesauce, and of course–string cheese.



Have a great week! I know it’s getting to be that super busy time of the year! Summer will be here before we know it!


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Published by Amanda Porter

Hi! I'm Amanda. I'm from Traverse City, Mi and I'm a Junior Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major. I do research for the Fraley lab on the gut bacterial ecology of Pekin ducks and I work for the Chemistry department! Aspiring Neurosurgeon and LOVE to learn in all situations. Follow me on Twitter! @hopeamanda15

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