What’s happening at Winter Happenings?

This weekend has been a blast. I have been able to relax and have a good time with my friends. On Friday afternoon I went to coffee with my friend and afterward we walked to our church Manna and attended a Downtown Student Fellowship meal. Manna hosts a meal and lecture for college students every other Friday night. We first have a meal together and hang out, and then we listen to one of the pastors discuss a certain topic. The topic for this week was dating, relationships, and marriage. After the pastor spoke for a little while we discussed at our table our thoughts regarding his speaking. Then he opened up the floor for questions, and people were able to share their opinions. I enjoyed listening to the pastor’s insight on marriage. He put the topic into a different light that I had not seen before.

After the talk, the girls headed over to Christ Memorial Church for Campus Ministries’ Women’s night out. The night consisted of games, good talks, sharing in small groups, cookies, soda, Lemonjello’s coffee, pizza, and of course a dance party. The night was a nice stress reliever and a great time to bond with friends and meet new people.  Friday night was a nice little escape from all the business. It felt good to chill with friends and gain new wisdom and insight. 

(HEI). We presented in front of several Alumni, faculty, and people from the community. I really enjoyed speaking about my summer project of Hope Grows to the audience. During the course of the summer I started Hope Grows, which helps the indigent children living in orphanages in Mexico grow their own sustainable food while teaching valuable life skills. Hope Grows is a program that is currently partnering with Amigos En Cristo, an established non-profit organization in Juarez, Mexico. Hope Grows desires to reach out to different orphanages and community centers to not simply give food away, but rather teach others how to grow their own food. 

Matt and I after the Winter Happening Presentation

After presenting we joined some alumni, faculty, and people from the community for the Winter Happenings luncheon. I really enjoyed networking at the luncheon and meeting several Hope Alumni. I also enjoyed sitting next to the president at our lunch table. 🙂

Love our Biggby

After the luncheon, my friends and I traveled to Grand Rapids because Ali’s family owns one of the Biggby in Grand Rapids. We studied for a little while and enjoyed a FREE super Biggby frozen vanilla bean drink. The free Biggby drink seriously brought so much joy to my day. If that wasn’t enough, Ali’s family met up with us in Grand Rapids and treated us for dinner at the Macaroni Grill. The food was incredible, and it was so great meeting Ali’s family. All five of us enjoyed a nice day out and spending it with Ali’s family, made the day even better.

Ali and I with our free drinks 🙂

Well, I have definitely had quite an eventful weekend. I am hoping to go to sleep soon to start off the week with enough rest. Hope you all have a great week! 



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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