The Search for a Bow Tie

Hello friends! It’s been a while since I have posted
anything so as you can imagine I have quite a few stories to share. I’ll start
with one of my favorite adventures that happened at the end of the school year.

One of the great things that Hope offers its students is
a chapel service every Sunday night called the Gathering. Even though Hope is a
Christian college, the service is not mandatory
for students to attend but most students do attend on a regular basis. For the
last Gathering of the fall semester, students are encouraged to dress up and
look “classy”. This year was my third Lessons and Carols Gathering to attend so
I planned in advance what I would wear. However, one of my good friends,
Michael, planned what he wanted to wear but needed to go out and buy the classy
ensemble. This shopping trip that we embarked upon, along with our friend
Chris, is now known as the “Bow Tie Search.”

After looking at five different stores, we finally found
the perfect bow tie. As we would soon find out, purchasing the bow tie was
actually the easiest part of this adventure. The next step was to tie the
perfect bow tie and little did I know when this shopping adventure began that I
would be the individual chosen to tie Michael’s bow tie.

I would consider myself to be a decent bow tier, however,
tying a bow tie is not like tying a normal bow. After watching a couple of YouTube
videos and reading a step-by-step article entitled “Tying the Perfect Bow Tie” I
was finally ready to attempt my first try. And guess what? It only took three
tries to “tie the perfect bow tie.”

You might get to the end of this story and think that
there is absolutely no point to this story but in my opinion there is a lesson
to be remembered. In today’s culture on college campuses, we are so focused on
completing homework assignments and studying for exams. While both of those
things are very important, since we are at college to gain an education, it is
also important to build relationships and memories with fellow students.

I have to say that shopping for a bowtie with Michael and
Chris proved to be a great way to spend an afternoon. And now, I know how to
tie a bow tie… Hopefully that skill will be useful in life.  Thanks for
the memories, Michael and Chris. And, Michael, nice job on the scripture
reading at the Gathering.

Published by Chelsea Barfield

Hello! My name is Chelsea Barfield and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am a fifth year senior at Hope studying Accounting, Management, and Leadership. While at Hope, I have been involved in several different activities and groups including: Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, Student Orientation, Business Club, Student Consulting, Hope College Admissions, and Campus Ministries. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, coffee dates, spending time with friends, and playing tennis. I look forward to sharing my Hope College experience with you! Go Hope!