Because Arcadia

Helen Armstrong Mar 17, 2016 8:00 pm

Abroad Again

As I arrive at the midway point in my second study-abroad semester, I can’t help but look back on my first-year semester in London. It’s difficult to avoid comparing one experience to another. Each time you go abroad, you’re bound to see things in a new way. A second or third time studying abroad (...

Marcella Haddad Mar 13, 2016 8:00 pm

A Compass Leading the Way

There’s no better way to realize your strengths than to have someone ask you about your flaws. The form I had to fill out to reapply to be an RA was simple – I needed to get feedback from my residents and my peers and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. It should have been straightforward. I...

Helen Armstrong Feb 18, 2016 7:00 pm

Io Non Parlo Italiano

Even in the best of circumstances, it can be difficult to talk to strangers, especially if you’re an introvert like me. I clam up at the hint of conversation with someone I don’t know, allowing my friends to take the lead and only jumping in when there’s a really good opportunity for a...

Marcella Haddad Feb 2, 2016 7:00 pm

Be Too Much

“What advice do you have for aspiring writers?” New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo considered my question. She raised the mic and replied, “I’m going to give you the advice that everyone gives to aspiring writers.” She paused for a second, and grinned. “On a full moon, go outside...

Kyle Kammerle Jan 4, 2016 7:00 pm

GRE: Gloom, Remorse, Enlightenment

Yup, it is, in fact, that unfortunate time in the collegiate process for the dreaded GRE. With my accelerated degree and crunched timeline, it has come to my attention that I only have about 10 months before I must apply to grad school, so suddenly I’m faced with having to take the exam ASAP (hold...

Marcella Haddad Jan 3, 2016 7:00 pm

Realistic Resolutions

New year, new you, new episodes streaming on Netflix. Everyone wants to become a better person this year, but in order to really make a change, you’ve got to be realistic. Here are some common New Year’s resolutions, adapted for the busy, late-night lifestyle of a college student. I resolve to...

Helen Armstrong Jan 3, 2016 7:00 pm

Embracing Change

I’ve always felt that transitions are the worst times in a person’s life. Like, for example, the week before and after leaving for a big, life-changing trip. It’s stressful, saying goodbye is difficult, and change sucks. I would rather jump right into the middle of it and not have to deal with the...

Kyle Kammerle Dec 18, 2015 7:00 pm

The "Finals" Countdown

It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays are fast approaching, but before we can exalt in the splendor of the festivities, we have one last hurdle to overcome: dreaded Finals Week. It is the culmination to the semester, that special period when the amount of time studying escalates...

Helen Armstrong Dec 12, 2015 7:00 pm

What College is Really About

When I signed up for Writing Poetry & Fiction, I willfully ignored one particular word in the course title: “Poetry.”’ I told myself that there really wouldn’t be much poetry at all, almost admittedly willing it to be so. I’ve always been much more of a fiction writer than anything else....

Marcella Haddad Nov 27, 2015 7:00 pm

The Slayer's Guide to Storytelling

The people you don’t like are a part of you. They have some exaggerated mannerism or quality that you dislike because, on some level, you are the same. Same goes for people that you like. Your friends have qualities that are similar to your favorite parts of yourself. At least, that’s...

Kyle Kammerle Nov 25, 2015 7:00 pm

The Life of an Ambassador

I think Janis Ian best captured the true essence of teenage dissatisfaction with part-time employment in the brilliant, cinematic masterpiece, Mean Girls. We all have had that one job (or jobs) that we just couldn’t stand, but still trudged through so we could pay for a phone, car bill, or our...

Nov 19, 2015 Purnell Cropper

Gieselman ’19 Finds Magic in Philadelphia

Nicole Gieselman is a first-year student from Kansas who’s chronicling her adventures in the Philadelphia area. In “Where the Mundane Becomes Magical,” the global media major describes the enchanting mosaic artwork of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. She writes, “Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens....