Wellness

William Snell Oct 24, 2018 11:45 am

Feeling at Home as a Commuter

Despite being a senior, this is my first semester as an Arcadia “commuter.” Last year, a few friends and I decided to take a step toward adulthood and rent our first apartment. While exciting, the move was quite hard for me to come to terms with, as I had thoroughly enjoyed my first three years...

Kathryn Jones Oct 3, 2018 4:36 pm

Breaking Free From the Gender Binary

The moment I stepped onto Arcadia’s campus for an Open House during my senior year of high school, I felt that I was home: safe, comforted, and accepted. This feeling is what initially encouraged and accelerated my desire to explore who I was. I have identified as bisexual since the...

Caitlin Joyce May 14, 2018 10:48 am

Finding Inner Peace with Invisible Illness

When one thinks of the phrase “coming out,” usually the first topic that comes to mind is sexuality. However, there are multiple aspects of one’s identity than can be difficult to talk about, elements of ourselves which are not often visible to those around us. These identities can incorporate a...

Shubhechha Dhar Mar 9, 2018 10:57 am

Comfortable With the Uncomfortable

When I used to hear my name being called on in class to answer a question, my face would flush red. My chest would tighten up and breathing seemed like the most difficult thing to do. I feared that I would be judged, criticized, and evaluated based on what I said. And when the professors said...

Kathryn Jones Feb 26, 2018 3:48 pm

Managing Mental Illness While Abroad

As a person who’s dealt with mental illness for most of my formative years, deciding to study abroad was one of the biggest and scariest decisions of my life. Around 10th grade, my mental health was at an all-time low. I was tired of living as a captive to my own brain, so I begrudgingly decided...

Olivia Armacost Feb 16, 2018 5:25 am

In Control— or Controlled?

“I am the one thing in life I can control.” Riding the train back to Arcadia for my second semester, this phrase found its way into my mind and lingered (courtesy of the superb lyrics of Lin Manuel Miranda and the ever-powerful delivery of Leslie Odom Jr. in Hamilton). A simple-but-true doctrine...

Jasmin Ramirez Feb 15, 2018 7:00 pm

15 Songs to Get You on Your Study Grind

It is fascinating to me that our personalities determine what kind of music we find suitable for specific tasks. For example, some people put on artists like Drake or Post Malone to go to sleep, while I put on instrumental music that has NO lyrics because words distract me. I never thought of...

Sarah Adeniran Feb 13, 2018 11:00 am

Eating Organic On A College Budget

By my junior year of college, I discovered that I could no longer eat gluten or sugar. Naturally, this sort of forced me to eat organic, since gluten and sugar seem to be in everything. But eating organic is so expensive! Right? It can be, yes. But I’ve found that, if you do it right...

Olivia Armacost Dec 13, 2017 12:16 pm

1,278 Miles

“I’m so ready to be home.” A year ago, I could have told you exactly what that meant. But when I moved to Arcadia, a lot more changed than my address. In my first months here, I have learned to be more independent, form my own opinions, manage my time by my own accord, as well as a...

Sarah Adeniran Dec 4, 2017 1:37 pm

When Faith Meets Depression

It is an unfortunate, and often crippling, misconception that the Christian life exempts the believer from hardships. Believers and nonbelievers alike cleave to the notion that, if a person is in a time of trouble, they either aren’t Christian enough or God isn’t good enough. Though...

Vea Ki-Tokelau Molitika Dec 4, 2017 12:22 pm

Manual for Those with a Dollar and a Dream

I knew as a child that my family lived a paycheck-to-paycheck life, so I learned at a young age to be financially independent. It is no secret that lower-income students like myself are much less prepared for college than higher-income students. For many low-income students, college can be an...

William Snell Dec 1, 2017 10:25 am

More Than My GPA

I am not a number. I am a person— a person with as many flaws as hair follicles (no, I’m not bald), but also a person who is grounded, talented, and compassionate. If you are anything like me, you all too often let the fear of failing a test consume you. I can honestly tell you that...