Heidi Specht

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Heidi Specht Jan 3, 2020 10:10 am

Faculty: A Senior’s Secret to Success

As a senior, I find myself (more often than I care to admit) reflecting on my past four years at Arcadia, what I might have done differently, and what I am grateful for. The one thing that always comes to mind is the importance of connecting with faculty on campus.  As a...

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Heidi Specht Nov 27, 2019 9:52 am

Gaining a Global Perspective in Glenside

As I settle into my senior year at Arcadia, I am faced for the first time with a unique circumstance: this will be my first full year at Arcadia, as I have studied abroad every spring semester since my freshman year.  While happy to be back in the United States at least semi-...

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Heidi Specht Oct 16, 2019 10:14 am

Arcadia’s Global Climate Strike

Voices resounded across Haber Green with chants of “Climate change is not a lie; do not let our planet die!” during the Global Climate Change Protest on Sept. 27. The protest, hosted by Arcadia’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) club, was one of thousands happening around the world at...

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Heidi Specht Aug 8, 2019 10:41 am

Arcadia Dining, On and Off Campus

I’ll admit it—the most important part of college, for me and many others, is the food. You eat at least three times a day, not including the 8 a.m. coffees, late-night studying snacks, and protein bars in between classes. What you eat and where you’re eating are essential to having a good college...

Move-in day at Arcadia

Heidi Specht Jun 25, 2019 2:40 pm

8 Things No One Tells You About Move-In Week

The summer before freshman year pretty much looks the same for everyone who’s heading off to college: going to what seems like hundreds of grad parties, saying goodbye to high school friends, and spending hours dorm-shopping at Bed, Bath, & Beyond.  Even though you have three months to...

Heidi Specht May 29, 2019 10:19 am

Ashley Hare ’20, Political Science Major from Duke

I originally chose to study abroad through Arcadia because it has a reputation at Duke as being one of the better programs. I heard so many good things from my friends who had studied with Arcadia in the past. But I specifically chose the Granada program for the smaller city, to help...

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...

Heidi Specht Apr 2, 2019 3:35 pm

Comparing Spanish-Speaking Programs

For someone wanting to learn Spanish, Arcadia has a variety of diverse study abroad options: Chile in South America, Cuba in North America in the Caribbean, and Spain in Europe. As a Spanish major, I decided to try all three programs before I graduated. I’m a junior, and so far, I have made it to...

Blogger Heidi Specht's packing essentials for study abroad.

Heidi Specht Feb 20, 2019 9:11 am

How to Pack like a Study Abroad Pro

Anyone who has spent a semester abroad can relate when I say that the most stressful part of studying abroad happens before your semester begins, when you have to pack your suitcases for an entire semester. I used to stress over it for weeks—what to bring, what to leave at home, what to put in my...

Heidi Specht Dec 21, 2018 11:54 am

Caitlin Aldridge ‘20, Food Pantry Steering Committee Member

“The Food Pantry Steering Committee had the idea to start a food pantry last spring. Student leaders from clubs such as Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA), POWER, and Melanin in Action met with a few faculty members who were the liaisons for gathering resources and finding...

Heidi Specht Nov 28, 2018 8:06 pm

Tearing Down Language Barriers, Building Cultural Bridges

I sit down at an outside table at Easton Cafe, with a hot coffee at my side and a beat-up notebook in front me. Maren, an exchange student from Germany, arrives a few minutes later for our German lesson. “Hallo,” she says to me, “Wie geht’s dir?” “Mir geht’s gut,” I respond. “Und dir...

Heidi Specht Nov 12, 2018 11:21 am

Expanding Cultural Understanding Through ASIA

This is the first year that I decided to attend the Asian Students in America (ASIA) Club. I was invited by my friend Seisuke, a Japanese exchange student at Arcadia whom I met over the summer at IPAL orientation. Ever since he heard that the first ASIA meeting would have free sushi, Seisuke was...