Academics

Jasmin Ramirez Dec 1, 2017 11:31 am

A Major Decision Paying Off

It was my first real grown-up decision. I know now I did the right thing, but in the time leading up to changing my major, I felt like a weight was being pushed against my chest and I didn’t have the strength to push it off of me. But I found that I did. It may sound dramatic,...

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...

Caitlin Joyce Nov 10, 2017 2:17 pm

Breaking the Gender Binary

What does it mean to perform gender? One of the most obvious answers that comes to mind is expression through appearance. Our appearances dictate how society sorts us into categories of male or female (and occasionally, androgynous, other, or unknown). At the base level, one...

Vea Ki-Tokelau Molitika Nov 2, 2017 12:59 pm

The Role of Poetry: Lullaby, Truth, or Therapy?

I started writing poetry when I left my home country. I compiled journal upon journal with free-write material (writing about anything and everything), inspired by my roots and the new routes I created for myself, as I tried to understand the shift to a new place. But time after time, I...

Jessica Derr Nov 2, 2017 12:03 pm

What I've Learned at the Writing Center

Writing has always been an essential part of who I am. My earliest memories include me creating makeshift books, silly little leaflets of computer paper stapled together, adorned with my illegible crayon scrawl, and making up worlds and characters to share with my family. I don’t like to say I’m...

Clifford Long Nov 2, 2017 10:37 am

See You. AU

I had my last big trip as an IPAL on April 16. I think I realized it sometime during the day that Saturday, while waiting in one of the ridiculously long lines for a ride at Hersheypark. With perfect weather and it being my friend and fellow IPAL leader Olayinka’s birthday, I only thought...

Mitchell Boulden Peiffer Oct 31, 2017 8:00 pm

Computer Science Obsession

Before I knew what I wanted my major to be, I took my first Computer Science class (CS201) with Dr. Kathy Macropol (featured in the video). She’s an amazing professor, and I enjoyed the coding assignments so much that I picked Computer Science as my major. In fact, I’ve really...

Nicole Gieselman Oct 26, 2017 4:44 pm

Why Am I Learning This?

Throughout my educational career, I’ve heard people asking the question: Why do I need to learn this? It starts in elementary school with fractions and long division, then turns into geometry proofs and Shakespeare sonnets. Even now, when we’re supposedly studying courses relevant to our careers,...

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...

William Snell Oct 20, 2017 10:05 am

Best Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Study Spots on Campus

As the leaves begin to change, and classes begin to intensify, students can easily begin to feel overwhelmed by the increased workload and attention that many college classes require. I once was, and often still am, in your shoes. Being a student on a pre-professional track (Pre-Physical Therapy...

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...

Caitlin Joyce Aug 23, 2017 2:46 pm

An Interview with Interim President Hank Brown

I always enjoyed getting to know the teachers and administration at my high school, as it helped me make the best of my academic experience and form connections that were preserved as I moved on to higher education. I love the fact that, at Arcadia, students can make connections with all members...