Because Arcadia

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...

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....