Wellness

Aerial view of Easton Pond in the autumn.

Jasmin Ramirez Dec 12, 2019 10:10 am

Love Still Abounds: First Thanksgiving Away from Home

Thanksgiving in Florida looks a little something like this: 75 degrees, palm trees, and only sweater weather in the morning and at night.  With that said, I didn’t mind having to stay back on campus for Thanksgiving break because this would be my first real fall Thanksgiving. I always tell...

Victoria Fedorkos friends

Victoria Fedorko Nov 26, 2019 4:36 pm

Keeping up with Long-Distance Friendships

Decision Day at my high school felt like a subtle punch to the stomach. I had always been lucky enough to have my close friends nearby, if not by a car ride than certainly by train. But coming to terms with the fact that my friends and I would no longer be in the same town, much less the same state...

Relaxation room at Arcadia

Kathryn Jones Nov 19, 2019 11:18 am

Self-Care for Midterms

When you think of self-care, your mind probably jumps to bath bombs, face masks, and sleeping in. These are all good options for wellness, but don’t stop there when it comes to practicing self-care in everyday life. It’s important to think of self-care less as a reward for doing a good job or...

Mosque in London

Humna Rub Nov 15, 2019 2:33 pm

Finding Comfort in a Foreign Country

As an International Studies major, I am required to study abroad for one semester. As a commuter student, I have never lived out of the house—and moving abroad scared me. I was worried about how I was going to live in a foreign country. As a Muslim, I only eat halal meat and pray 5 times a day,...

Preview Kick-Off

Denise Glick Oct 31, 2019 3:40 pm

A Kidney Biopsy—and Unexpected Benefits

The last time I was admitted to a hospital was January 2016. Of course, my transplanted kidney decided to wait until the most inconvenient time to throw a fit: the third week of this semester. Which isn’t just any semester, mind you. No, this is my first ever college semester. The transition to...

Caitlin Joyce in Ireland

Caitlin Joyce Oct 10, 2019 3:27 pm

Dealing with Divorce at College

At the start of my junior semester, I felt like I was finally seeing the fruits of my academic labor. I had been offered a research position, I was going to be involved with a presidential committee, and I declared my double major. I felt like my future was bright and brimming with opportunity—...

Jessica Derr Apr 22, 2019 10:27 pm

Reconciling with Recovery

After nearly a year resigned to the sidelines following my ACL tear, I was expecting my clearance to be a momentous occasion. Something along the lines of the heavens opening, a choir singing, all aches and pains immediately leaving my body, and a sudden ability to run a six-minute mile. [block1...

Kathryn Jones Mar 27, 2019 5:35 pm

How to Succeed at Overloading

I have overloaded three out of four semesters at Arcadia—by choice. Overloading is when you take more than 18 credits per semester; the usual course load is 16. We aren’t allowed to overload while doing FYSAE, so my first Spring semester was normal. First-semester freshmen are not allowed to...

Jessica Derr Dec 19, 2018 12:28 pm

More Than an ACL Tear

As a former member of the competitive club lacrosse scene, college was something I was forced to consider as early as my freshman year of high school. The idea of college was seldom separate from lacrosse. As a result, I did not always examine the professors, programs, and resources. [block2...

Olivia Armacost Oct 29, 2018 8:00 pm

I Finished Midterms. Now What?

Your feet are heavier. The days are longer. More time is spent staring at homework than finishing assignments. You know the feeling. Call it what you want, mid-semester slump, wintertime blues. All I know is it feels pretty bad when you’re in the thick of it. I know, I know. You’ve heard it all...

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...