Building Community: Lessons I Learned Freshman Year

By Allison Todd on March 2, 2018

College is a new adventure, and freshman year is filled with exciting twists and turns to branch out and meet new people. But, sometimes the relationships you find, aren't the ones you quite expected. And what about the high school friends you left behind?

Here are five lessons I learned about relationships during my freshman year.

How to Survive Winter in West Michigan

By Sarah Hiemstra on February 23, 2018

Winter is an exciting time of the year. It brings the holiday season, snow and dropping temperatures, especially in Michigan. Whether you love winter or loathe it, there are simple tips that can help you survive a West Michigan winter. In fact, you might just be able to thrive in it.

Surviving College without a Car

By Allison Todd on February 2, 2018

I have survived three and a half years of college without a car. Yes, there were times when I felt bad about having to ask around for a ride to the grocery store or felt like I was pulling teeth to find a ride to my church. But through all of these encounters, for better or worse, I made it. And you will too. Stranded on campus? Here are three transportation options to get where you need to go.

4 Reasons Why It's Okay to Eat Alone in College

By Meredith Sweet on October 20, 2017

Dinnertime rolls around once classes are finished for the day. It's been a tough week, and you're ready to head to the dining hall and hang out with your friends. But when you reach out to your roommates, your classmates or those students down the hall, no one else is free to grab some food. If you still want to eat on campus, you're going to have to do it alone.

How to Be a Good Roommate

By Meredith Sweet on September 22, 2017

In the age of the Internet, it's easier than ever to connect with people, even those you haven't met yet.

When you first received a friend request from your new roommate, you were excited. Then came the hard part: starting the conversation. Now, as you pack up your things for move-in day, you feel like you've set a solid foundation for a promising friendship.

How to Avoid the Homesickness Blues

By Meredith Sweet on September 8, 2017

Two weeks into the semester, and you can't fall asleep. You spend your time lying in bed, scrolling through your Facebook feed. All of the friends and family members you left behind seem to have moved on without you. You were supposed to be starting this exciting new phase in your life, and here you are, wishing you were still at home.