Because Arcadia

Marcella Haddad Mar 13, 2016 8:00 pm

A Compass Leading the Way

There’s no better way to realize your strengths than to have someone ask you about your flaws. The form I had to fill out to reapply to be an RA was simple – I needed to get feedback from my residents and my peers and reflect on my strengths and weaknesses. It should have been straightforward. I...

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...

Nicole Gieselman Feb 13, 2016 7:00 pm

How Far Can I Go?

I’m never satisfied. Even if everything in my life is falling perfectly into place, I’m not content simply staying where I am. You see, I have a chronic case of wanderlust. I’m rarely happy in one place for too long. There’s far too much to see on this earth for me to ever be satisfied where...

Marcella Haddad Feb 2, 2016 7:00 pm

Be Too Much

“What advice do you have for aspiring writers?” New York Times bestselling author Leigh Bardugo considered my question. She raised the mic and replied, “I’m going to give you the advice that everyone gives to aspiring writers.” She paused for a second, and grinned. “On a full moon, go outside...

Kyle Kammerle Jan 4, 2016 7:00 pm

GRE: Gloom, Remorse, Enlightenment

Yup, it is, in fact, that unfortunate time in the collegiate process for the dreaded GRE. With my accelerated degree and crunched timeline, it has come to my attention that I only have about 10 months before I must apply to grad school, so suddenly I’m faced with having to take the exam ASAP (hold...

Nicole Gieselman Jan 3, 2016 7:00 pm

Stars in the City

Before moving to Arcadia, I lived in the middle of nowhere. And I mean it: nowhere. We considered everyone within a five-mile radius our neighbor. One of the greatest benefits of our location (besides being over an hour away from the nearest city, having terrible WiFi connection, and getting...

Marcella Haddad Jan 3, 2016 7:00 pm

Realistic Resolutions

New year, new you, new episodes streaming on Netflix. Everyone wants to become a better person this year, but in order to really make a change, you’ve got to be realistic. Here are some common New Year’s resolutions, adapted for the busy, late-night lifestyle of a college student. I resolve to...

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...

Nicole Gieselman Dec 28, 2015 7:00 pm

Do I Have to Go?

The end of the fall semester marks the beginning of many things terrible, especially for freshmen in college: final papers and exams, a new round of classes and payments to worry about, and going home for our first winter break. Home. It usually brings to mind warm memories of friends, family...

Kyle Kammerle Dec 18, 2015 7:00 pm

The "Finals" Countdown

It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays are fast approaching, but before we can exalt in the splendor of the festivities, we have one last hurdle to overcome: dreaded Finals Week. It is the culmination to the semester, that special period when the amount of time studying escalates...

Helen Armstrong Dec 12, 2015 7:00 pm

What College is Really About

When I signed up for Writing Poetry & Fiction, I willfully ignored one particular word in the course title: “Poetry.”’ I told myself that there really wouldn’t be much poetry at all, almost admittedly willing it to be so. I’ve always been much more of a fiction writer than anything else....