Bonn-Savage ’24MSFS Reflects Fondly on Decision to Move Cross-Country for Arcadia’s Forensic Science Program

By Emily Horowitz | June 23, 2023

“Different from anything I’ve ever experienced before,” is how incoming second-year Forensic Science student McKenna Bonn-Savage describes her first year at Arcadia University. The Oregon native earned her bachelor’s degree in Hawaii and says moving to Pennsylvania was her first time on the East Coast.

Arcadia’s campus, coupled with the Master of Science in Forensic Science program’s small class sizes and expert faculty, is what led Bonn-Savage here. It’s a decision she calls rewarding, challenging, and somewhat frightening.

“When I stepped onto campus for the first time, I realized that Arcadia has the most beautiful campus I have ever seen,” she said. “I was so excited to call Arcadia my new home! No matter the time of day, or the season, the Grey Towers Castle consistently stands tall, elegant, and beautiful.

“The small class sizes and easy access to experienced faculty at Arcadia have been beneficial to me in achieving a thorough, one-on-one education. In fact, the rigorous coursework that I have taken and will continue to take throughout the program has allowed me to begin working on my own forensic biology research project in the laboratory; following the completion of my project, I will write a comprehensive manuscript and present my research findings at Arcadia’s Capstone presentations, and perhaps the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) conference as well. Importantly, my peers in the program are some of my closest friends, too! My time at Arcadia has been incredible, and I’m looking forward to experiencing another year here. I know I’ve made the right decision calling Arcadia home.”

When she’s not in the classroom or the lab, Bonn-Savage can be found walking her puppy, Osmosis (Ozzie for short), whom she adopted the same day she moved to Pennsylvania, or reading. Her favorite spots on campus are the Commons and Easton Café.