Student Profile: Lindsey Ferguson ’09
When Lindsey Ferguson came to visit Hope as a high school student,
quickly realized that the college was where she wanted to be.
“I fell in love with the character of the school,” she
friendly, so welcoming and passionate about what they were doing.
It was really
contagious and inspiring.”
Since then, Hope has proven to be the inspiring place she thought
Lindsey has particularly grown to love the department of dance
dance major. “The dance department has
a lot of outside resources, and they really
encourage you to not just stay within the
campus, but to experience the dance
world outside of Hope,” she says.
Lindsey has utilized many of those resources.
Over her past three years at
Hope, she has become involved in the
student dance concerts, Hip Hop Club,
InSync Dance Theatre, dANCEpROjECT,
and a locally produced children’s television
show Come On Over!, in which she
has guest-starred twice to teach children
about dance and exercise. She also looks
forward to participating in the New York
Arts Program as a senior.
While she has appreciated Hope’s resources,
Lindsey also values that the college
does not merely hand opportunities
to students. “You have to work to get
them,” she says. “Hope demands a lot of
integrity from the students, and it makes
In addition to the opportunites outside of Hope, Lindsey appreciates
on campus. In contrast to the stereotype that professors won’t
care if students
hand in homework or do well in class, she has found Hope’s
committed. “The professors really do care, and they want
you to be successful
and to be passionate about what you’re studying,” she
says. “They don’t just
expect you to regurgitate information on paper. They really want
you to be an
individual and think for yourself.”
As an involved student, Lindsey has learned more about the contagious
inspiration that she first felt as a prospective student, and she
has come to realize
what sets Hope students apart from their counterparts elsewhere.
“Hope College has a way of attracting students who are ambitious,” she
“It’s easy to follow the crowd and wait for something
to happen, but to be a
person that makes things happen—that takes a special kind
of personality and
work ethic. I think a lot of students at Hope have that, and that’s
difference between our student body and other campuses’.”
This profile was written by Danielle K. Johnson, a 2008
Hope College graduate from Kalamazoo, Mich., for the 2008-09
Hope College Catalog.
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