International Experiences

Vea Ki-Tokelau Molitika Oct 26, 2017 3:37 pm

Identity, Diversity, and the Path to Better Education

The American diaspora has always been an unfamiliar territory that I have tried to maneuver since I was eight when we arrived from Tonga. My family and I settled in the Bay Area, a diverse place of mixed races and cultures. Yet when I moved to Pennsylvania for college, I felt a lot of alienation as...

Shubhechha Dhar Oct 17, 2017 9:32 am

Finally, the Classroom I’ve Always Wanted

Classroom. It used to be that when I heard the word “classroom,” I pictured students fighting to stay awake while the professor droned on, driving students into mind-numbing misery. Not anymore. My idea of a classroom changed when I transferred to Arcadia as a sophomore this...

Jessica Derr Oct 16, 2017 3:09 pm

Midnight Chicken Fingers, Changing Friendships, and More: Lessons from Freshman Year

Every year, without fail, when the fireflies begin to fade into blackness, when winds run cool, and the back-to-school advertisements hound my every waking hour, I am gripped by immense anxiety despite the fact that I am not going back to school, at least not in the traditional sense. [block3...

Hannah Faulkner Apr 26, 2017 8:00 pm

Robert Perry '20, Political Science Major on FYSAE

  As a senior in high school, I had no idea where I would end up for college. But if someone would have told me I’d be living in Scotland less than a year after graduation, there’s no way I would have believed them. My parents were a little confused when I told them my top...

Hannah Faulkner Apr 13, 2017 8:00 pm

Castles in the Sky(e)

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to be allotted a space on Arcadia’s excursion to the Scottish Highlands and Isle of the Skye. The weekend started around 9 a.m. on Friday, when a few other FYSAE students and I were greeted by a coach full of students from London,...

Caitlin Joyce Apr 10, 2017 12:00 am

An Adventure Made in China

Coming to China, I had no idea what to expect, but I did have a 14-hour flight to ponder what might await me when the plane touched the pavement. The fact that in half a day I would be walking on the other side of the Earth was surreal to me.  On the flight, I thought about how in...

Hannah Faulkner Mar 5, 2017 7:00 pm

What to Do Without Hairy Coos

It’s midterm season here in Stirling, Scotland, and that means a lot of library visits, late nights, and, of course, reading week. Reading week is a break, typically right before midterm exams, and then another week before final exams. I managed to muster up enough motivation to finish...

Doriane Feinstein Feb 22, 2017 9:12 am

From Sunrises on the Beach to Painful Epiphanies

My view of 2016 was most definitely a negative one; a vision of terror, disappointment, and many sleepless nights. My year could only really be described as awful. With a study abroad program that fell through at my previous university, the unexpected death of a friend, and having to transfer to an...

Hannah Faulkner Feb 20, 2017 7:00 pm

Defeating Dumyat

It’s been almost 10 months since I committed to Arcadia, but occasionally I’m still hit with the question: “What made you choose that university?” In all honesty, it was a combination of a lot of small things, as well as one big thing. That big thing was the fact that Arcadia is...

Helen Armstrong Nov 20, 2016 7:00 pm

Long-distance Longing

Ah, college. A time of gorging at the dining hall, studying at the library until 1 a.m. and grabbing midnight milkshakes at the diner, Snapchatting your friends back home to show them how great a time you’re having at college… And, often, navigating long-distance relationships. This isn’t a...

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...