Because Arcadia

Helen Armstrong Oct 12, 2016 8:00 pm

Writing Woes, Be Gone!

A few weeks ago, I woke up early and showered quickly. I was eager to get to work because I had an important appointment with my very first Writing Center client. I’d worked at the Writing Center for three weeks at that point, but no one had yet scheduled an appointment during my time slot. That...

Helen Armstrong Oct 9, 2016 8:00 pm

How Could School Possibly Become Home?

There’s a universal truth among college students that I’m about to let you in on: Everybody gets homesick sometimes. The degree varies from a twinge of “Aw, I wish I could pet my cat right now” to sobbing into your pillow on your bed. And the length of time it lasts varies, too – some are homesick...

Spencer Potts Oct 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Milkshakes and Nirvana

As I moved into my dorm, my mind was flooded with information – new names, new places, and new habits to acquire – but most of all, milkshakes, ice cream and other products that disagreed with my lactose intolerant self. It wasn’t long before I found water ice and ice cream in the dining halls, but...

Photo credit: Jessica Griffin

Jul 18, 2016 Caitlin Burns

Clark ’14MBA Selected as WHYY Top News Executive

WHYY announced that Philadelphia Inquirer managing editor Sandra Clark ’14MBA has been named vice president for news and civic dialogue, and will begin her new position on Aug. 22. Clark, who is also the executive editor for the student blog Because Arcadia, will be responsible for the...

Helen Armstrong May 22, 2016 8:00 pm

Wonders of the Walk

Over the weekend, I took the wrong pair of shoes to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a town about four hours north of Perugia by train, and it’s a cluster of five towns that climb up the cliff faces like colorful ivy and boast beautiful views of the sea. It’s a place I’ve dreamed of visiting...

Helen Armstrong May 17, 2016 8:00 pm

Addicted to Study Abroad

When I decided to come to Arcadia, I already knew that it was an intensely global school. I knew I would be able to study abroad at least once, and that most of my peers would be studying abroad at some point. Once I went on my First Year Study Abroad Experience, me and my fellow FYSAErs got bitten...

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Apr 28, 2016 Caitlin Burns

"Because Arcadia" Looking for Writers to Highlight College Experiences

Because Arcadia is recruiting new student writers, photographers, and videographers for the 2016-17 year. As the student blog says goodbye to three of its student writers taking the next steps towards their careers, they are looking to welcome new bloggers to discuss the challenges facing...

Clifford Long Apr 16, 2016 12:00 am

Bryan Mier is 4,135 miles from home

Bryan, a student in the International Studies / International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 program, is from Tarija, Bolivia. You do acknowledge the fact that you are alone, a lot. For example, my first night here. It was summer when I arrived. I was tired, because I hadn’t...

Helen Armstrong Apr 13, 2016 8:00 pm

Julia Andrea, Gluten-free Vegan Abroad

Julia goes to St Mary’s College of Maryland and is studying at the Umbra Institute in Perugia through The College of Global Studies at Arcadia. As a gluten-free vegan, I worried I would have trouble finding good food to eat here in Italy. Instead, Italy has fed my market addiction...

Marcella Haddad Apr 11, 2016 8:00 pm

Lisa Wright, Chat Worker

In the summer, I normally do Playstreet, where we close off our block from 10 to 4, and no cars come down, the kids get to play all day, and I serve them lunch and snacks. And it’s so fun, ’cause the city gives you little hula hoops, little toys and stuff for the kids to play with,...

Helen Armstrong Apr 11, 2016 8:00 pm

Just Say Yes

If you’ve been walking around with your eyes and ears open, I’m sure you’ve seen or heard the phrase “Just say yes” or something to that effect. It encourages saying yes to everything that’s offered to you, the idea being that taking every opportunity is important to our growth as humans. While I...

Marcella Haddad Apr 5, 2016 8:00 pm

Foxes, Crows, and Words I Don't Know

Sometimes, poetry can be incomprehensible, even if it’s written in your native language. So at first, trying to memorize poems in the languages I was learning seemed like I was just making my life unnecessarily difficult. But after actually reading, translating, understanding, and memorizing poems...