I Fell In Love While Walking Across Haber Green
Arcadia is a beautiful school. There are a multitude of places to hang out on campus, whether it’s the wooden gazebo and duck pond by Easton, the woodland area by The Pit, or visiting the Castle after a long day of classes. No matter where you go, you will find architectural aspects to love about Arcadia University.
However, there’s an aspect of the campus that I personally hold dear to my heart. It keeps me going on rough days. It keeps a smile on my face. It keeps my head in the clouds, literally. Want to know what I’m talking about? Well, look up! It’s the sky.
You’re probably wondering, “Well the sky is the same no matter where you go.” But that’s not entirely true. A little background on me. I grew up in North Philadelphia. It’s a very urban area, with little parks and patches of grass. And even those aren’t the cleanest or safest places to be. The sky is spattered with buildings and billboards. So when I moved to Arcadia to live on campus, seeing the sky over the Haber Green for the first time was breathtaking. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and it was love at first sight!
The mesmerizing clouds change shape every day, so you’re always greeted with a new sky in the morning. After hours of classes, I step outside, and the sky welcomes me with an array of colors. White, yellow, pink, blue, orange, you name it! It puts a smile on my face like nothing else, and it’s as if the sky knows that.
My freshman year was especially hard for me. Similar to everyone else, I was trying to get acclimated to college life. Moving away from home was difficult, and college classes were demanding. I had my first part-time job, and I had little to no friends. I found it hard to get up in the morning, and my mental health started to decline. I realized I was looking at college as if I was hiking up a huge mountain, and I was only starting this climb. It was beyond overwhelming, so I decided to take everything day by day. One day I was tired of being in my own head and chose to walk around campus to get some fresh air. All it took was a glance, and I smiled for the first time in a while. That’s when I knew little things, like looking at the sky, could get me through the toughest of days.
It’s a reminder that even on hard days, there’s something to smile about. Even if you’ve always experienced the sky unobscured, I implore you to look up every once in a while. The sky might make you smile like it knows it’s just what you needed.