Academics

Nicholas Schiavo Dec 12, 2019 11:03 am

“Major” Changes

“What are you going to do with your life?”  I’ve asked myself this—and have been asked by other people—so many times that, if I had a dollar for each question, I would not have to worry about anything at all. From the time I was a senior in high school, that question has made its way into...

Four female students and one male student sit outside Landman Library studying

Marc Raffa Nov 27, 2019 11:11 am

First Semester 101

First semester in college can be one of the most overwhelming transitions in your life. You are not only figuring out how to transition from high school to college, but also how to grow into a full-fledged adult. It was no different for me. I thought I had it all figured out—that...

Female student looks into microscope in Biology lab

Rikki Rosenthal Nov 27, 2019 10:40 am

Why an Individualized Major Was Right for Me

I have never been one of those people who have their entire future planned out. I never dreamed of being a teacher or firefighter. I’ve always flown by the seat of my pants when it comes to my future. That is a big reason why I took a semester off after high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to...

Queer Eye cast members sit onstage speaking to large crowd.

Lashanna Bryant Nov 19, 2019 10:27 am

Arcadia Takes Over Comcast

There are only a handful of things that have happened in my life that have truly sculpted me as a person and, after this past summer, I believe one of those was working at Comcast NBCUniversal.  In a previous post, I mentioned that I was selected as an Emma Bowen Foundation...

Mia's ceramic vases

Mia Woo Oct 30, 2019 12:30 pm

My Professors Were Happy That I Failed

Recently, I learned how to make vases in my Ceramics class. But, for whatever reason, I just couldn’t execute the technique. I felt like I had no control over the clay. I’ve been doing ceramics since I was 11 years old, so the fact that I wasn’t “getting it” straight away was discouraging....

Erica at community college graduation

Rikki Rosenthal Oct 30, 2019 12:07 pm

‘Go Where the Love Is’

As a nontraditional student, I have walked to the beat of my own drum. By my senior year of high school, I had no plans for college. I despised the idea of furthering my education and took some time off. During those six long months, I spent my free time doing nothing but reading everything and...

March to End Rape Culture

Kathryn Jones Oct 16, 2019 10:27 am

Social Justice in Philadelphia

Everyone has something they are passionate about. Your passion may manifest into a hobby or even a career, if you think that particular topic or interest is worthwhile enough.  A big passion of mine that I’ve been able to gear my career toward at Arcadia is social justice....

research conference

Jessica Derr Oct 15, 2019 5:23 pm

5 Tips for Rocking Your First Conference

One of the things that makes a small school like Arcadia so special is that you are truly able to carve out a professional identity. This past summer, I was given the chance by Arcadia’s English Department to attend the Philadelphia Writers Conference. I was elated and honored to be selected, but...

First Year Seminar Class

Jessica Derr Jul 31, 2019 4:19 pm

Katniss in the Classroom: My FYS Experience

The Thanksgiving break of my freshman year of college was my first time going home since moving to school. Even though my hometown is a measly 15 minutes away from campus, I was now immersed in two entirely different spheres—my life at Arcadia and my life back in Willow Grove. Suffice to say, my...

English class

Lashanna Bryant Jul 31, 2019 1:43 pm

How to Succeed in Class (While Really Trying)

When I was in high school, I always felt the need to be perfect. I overwhelmed myself with my school work so much that I wasn’t even learning anything anymore—just getting things done. As you may already know, that defeats the point.  When I started college, I still wanted to be good at...

Heidi Specht Apr 25, 2019 3:55 pm

Conservative Wave Rises in Spain

While Americans experience the rise of Trumpism in the United States, I’ve been able to witness firsthand the rise of a similar conservative movement in Spain. In December 2018, history was made in Spain when, for the first time in decades, a far-right party won seats in a Spanish regional...

Alura Neumyer Apr 25, 2019 3:20 pm

Coffee, Tea, and an Unexpected Boost

Every freshman is required to take a First-Year Seminar. Having come back to campus in the spring, there was only one course option available. That is how I ended up in “Coffee and Tea: Origins, Economy, Ethics.” At first, I was apprehensive. I wasn’t sure how a class about...