Student Profile: Jacie Fiedler ’11
For Jacie Fiedler, the college experience is not defined just
by how a school
looks on paper. For her, there are certain intangibles that can
only be understood
by being a part of the student body. That is why, even though her
of a Division I university in Chicago seemed like a good fit, some
“It was close to home. I thought it was going to be the right thing
for me, but it
turns out that I don’t enjoy the city like I thought I did.”
Like many at Hope, Jacie wanted more
from her college experience than simply
attending classes and making the grades. “I
felt like I had skipped out on the undergrad
experience and had jumped straight to
graduate school. There wasn’t school
School spirit is of particular importance
to Jacie, considering she is a volleyball
Reflecting on her collegiate experience
before coming to Hope, she notes, “I
slowly lost my spark for the game. Even
though it was Division 1 volleyball, there
just wasn’t any spark.”
“Sparked” by Hope’s reputation for athletics,
Jacie decided to transfer to Hope for
her third year of college. It turned out to
be a smooth switch.
“Volleyball gave me a great group of
friends, and it allowed me to get involved
at Hope right from the get-go. I’ve made
At Division III Hope, she has also found
the spirit that she felt was missing at the Division I level.
“Here at Hope, I have seen greater effort and passion from both
and coaches. It’s incredible to be a part of it.”
Another place where Jacie looks to channel her passion is the classroom,
she is working her way to a degree in biology.
“I’ve always wanted to be in medicine in order to help people.”
Jacie is hoping to combine her passion for medicine and for helping
she seeks to become an optometrist.
In the mean time, she continues to succeed in the classroom and
on the court.
Last season, Hope’s volleyball team reached the Final Four
of the national
tournament. It was a stellar experience all the more for having
affirmed beyond the statistics the qualities that had drawn Jacie to Hope.
“I can’t believe the support system here: students, faculty,
alumni. There is a
sense of purpose playing out on the court. We play for more than
just the team or the coaches; we play for the community, too.”
This profile was written by Charlie A. Walter, a Hope College
senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., for the 2010-11 Hope College
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