International Experiences

Isabela Secanechia May 14, 2016 12:00 am

Why Learn Just One Language?

Arcadia’s modern language department — true to Arcadia’s promise — is very involved with our education. By being an Italian Studies major, I was able to meet the other language teachers through the Modern Language department’s club activities, who inspired and encouraged me to take other language...

Clifford Long Apr 16, 2016 12:00 am

Bryan Mier is 4,135 miles from home

Bryan, a student in the International Studies / International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 program, is from Tarija, Bolivia. You do acknowledge the fact that you are alone, a lot. For example, my first night here. It was summer when I arrived. I was tired, because I hadn’t...

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...

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 Feb 28, 2016 7:00 pm

Making My Own Magic Universe

I destroyed the classroom on purpose. The official lesson plan said to overturn desks, dump out pencil cases, and move around chairs. When I’d finished with the destruction, I placed a note from an evil wizard in the center of the room. It told the students that their magic had been...

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...

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...

Marcella Haddad Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Scotland's Novel Inspirations

“Is no one else freaking out about this pun?” My question was met with silence. We were walking to The Settle Inn, a pub in Stirling, Scotland. I couldn’t stop thinking about the name. “The Settle Inn!” I said again. “It’s so clever! Does no one else think this is amazing? Guys...

Marcella Haddad Apr 29, 2015 8:00 pm

The Secret Histories of Scotland's Ancient Burial Grounds

Rings of mysterious stones in perfect circles are scattered across Scotland. What do they mean? Where do they come from? So far, historians have hypothesized possible explanations that, in my opinion, fail to account for the richness and diversity of ancient cultures. The possibility that these...

Marcella Haddad Apr 12, 2015 8:00 pm

We Might Catch Fire

“We should go to Ulm,” Becca says, planning our Germany trip. “It has the tallest church steeple in the world!” “Really? How many stairs is it?” I ask, because this is how I measure building height now. In America, I would have asked, “How many floors is it?” which is really just...

Marcella Haddad Mar 1, 2015 7:00 pm

I Am a Jelly Donut

“Vo ist der Bahnof?” I was ready. I could do this. My friends had sent me over to the front desk of our hostel in Leipzig, Germany, to ask where the train station was. I had been training for weeks for this in Scotland. I was finally going to do it. I was going to speak in German, to a...

Marcella Haddad Feb 19, 2015 7:00 pm

How to Be a Mountain

1. When forming patches of mud, be sure to throw in a few that are actually much, much deeper than the rest. This way, unsuspecting hikers will step in them and cover their entire leg in disgusting brown goo. They enjoy this. Hikers wear mud stains like medals and often brag about how dirty they...