A Few of My Favorite Things: Hope Edition!

There are so many thing I love about Hope. Like, a ton of things. So I thought I would show you some of the ones I am enjoying at the moment!

Hangout Place

One of the best parts about being a returning student in a residence hall is that there is a pretty good chance you know at least some of the people where you’ll be staying. Luckily for me, two of my really good friends from last year, Ann and Meghanne, live in the same hall as I do, and I use that to my full advantage. Whenever I need to get out of my room for a little bit or just need someone to talk to, I can always go here. The best part: they always have candy!

Practice Space

I was in a beginning piano class and in the Hope Orchestra last year, so I practically lived in Nykerk Hall of Music. Before each piano class, I would go into this room and practice my scales or whichever song I needed to have ready. The pianos in Nykerk have such a rich sound that even if I was playing something simple, it sounded amazing. I had orchestra five times a week, but whenever I felt like I needed to work on a certain piece or section more, I would go into the practice room and play for however long I felt like I needed to. The great thing about the practice rooms is that they have windows that open so you can let the campus listen to what you’re playing! This also doubles as a nice study room, which is what I’m using it for right now. 

Chapel Seat

There is a Chapel service offered every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:30-11:00 AM and a Sunday evening service called The Gathering at 8 PM. I usually go to The Gathering every week and Chapel on Monday and Friday. When I go, I always try to sit in the same spot: 2 pews ahead of the sound board on the left side. It’s not too close and it’s not too far back; I like to think of it as the “sweet spot.” I know it’s going to be a good day when I can sit there!

Study Room

I discovered this little gem in the basement of Scott Hall when I lived there last year. As you can see, it’s a little room with no windows, perfect for getting some real work done without any distractions. When I was taking a biology class last year that required almost all of my attention, I was in here more than I was in my own room! Now that I no longer live in Scott, I don’t frequent this room as much, but I still use it from time to time and I would recommend that you check it out too!

Cool Beans Drink

Some time ago, I wrote about my love of all things coffee. That hasn’t gone away, so I’m still getting several drinks from Cool Beans a week. I go for the drink, but stay in the cozy area because it’s such a nice place to relax or get some homework done. My usual order right now is a Black Squirrel with soymilk. Sooo yummy!!

There you have it! I will do another favorite things post sometime in the future, but until then, what are some of your favorite things right now?


Published by Rachael Kabagabu

Hi everyone! My name is Rachael Kabagabu. I am a junior studying secondary education with a major in French and minor in biology. I am currently involved in Nykerk, Hope College Student Ambassadors, WTHS (Hope radio station), and the Kappa Beta Phi Sorority. My previous activities include Orientation, leading a spring break immersion trip, the Black Student Union, and orchestra. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. Go Hope!