First-Year Experience

Areiana Edwards recording a vlog

Areiana Edwards Jun 17, 2021 9:19 am

VLOG: My First Year at Arcadia

This academic year has been tough for a multitude of reasons, but really enjoyable. Each student's experience is different—your college life is what you make it, so have fun!

Micah Gordley running

Micah Gordley May 27, 2021 8:00 pm

From the Ground Up

As long as I can remember, everyone on my mom’s side of the family have been avid runners. I grew up watching my mom and aunt compete in 5Ks and marathons, and as I got older, I found a love for running, too. I joined track and field when I was in seventh grade, and by the end of high school, I...

Jasmin's work setup

Jasmin Ramirez May 1, 2021 1:34 pm

Grow Yourself by Knowing Yourself

In 2017, I made the decision to move to Pennsylvania for school from my hometown in Florida. I had lived in the same town and in the same house all of my life, so making this shift was a HUGE change.  During my first year, the recurring thought screaming in my head was “WHAT....

Micah's drawings

Micah Gordley Apr 30, 2021 1:54 pm

Just What Is Scientific Illustration?

Whenever I tell someone I’m majoring in Scientific Illustration, the next question is always, “What is that?” or “What would you do with that degree?” Scientific Illustration is a program that’s both specific and really interesting, but is often not fully understood. So let’s break down what it is...

Student in Metals and Jewelry

Areiana Edwards Apr 27, 2021 8:00 pm

An Art Class for Anyone

I hadn’t taken an art class in years. The last time I did was in elementary school when it was part of our curriculum. In middle school, I took music classes for nearly every extracurricular, though I’m not sure it was actually allowed. In high school, I started at a magnet school where I was in...

Maid book

Madison Costigan Apr 26, 2021 8:00 pm

‘Maid’ Author Talks Stigmas and Perseverance

In March, Arcadia students were given the opportunity to participate in a webinar with Stephanie Land, author of this year’s Spring Common Read, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive. The book recounts Land’s experiences as a single mother struggling with poverty, relationship...

Drone shot of campus over castle

Micah Gordley Mar 27, 2021 12:00 am

Unexpected Compromise: Studying Abroad From Glenside

A year ago, I had committed to Arcadia and decided to take the opportunity of studying abroad in London as a part of the First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). Today, I find myself on Arcadia’s campus in Glenside, studying abroad virtually. Though this hasn’t been the ideal outcome, it’s hard...

Psychology class led by Cathy Lee

Areiana Edwards Mar 22, 2021 12:00 am

A Minor Major Change

College has been on my mind since my freshman year of high school in 2016. Since then, all of the adults in my life would warn me, “Make sure you find a nice college! Know what you want to study!” I figured that since it was so early, I had plenty of time. I got busy with schoolwork and afterschool...

Daijah Patton Mar 14, 2021 12:00 am

What Diversifying Education Means to Me

I grew up learning in the Philadelphia School District. If you weren’t at a private or archdiocese school, you unfortunately weren’t given the upper hand—or more specifically, the resources that you deserved. You had to look for those resources yourself; you had to find those teachers that were...

Madison Costigan Mar 10, 2021 12:00 am

At Last, Winter Sports Return

With so much uncertainty due to COVID-19, winter sports this semester were questionable. Still, student-athletes came to campus and began practicing, hoping that a season would take place. The long-awaited good news was delivered for both basketball teams and the men’s volleyball...

Global Cafe in Oak Summit

Madison Costigan Mar 6, 2021 7:00 pm

Staying Connected Amid Socially Distant Dining

For those of us living on campus this spring, there are many new aspects to life at Arcadia. Most classes are still online, so we are attending class in our dorms; access to facilities like the library and fitness center is restricted and tightly monitored; and opportunities to meet other students...

Oak Summit in winter

Micah Gordley Mar 5, 2021 7:00 pm

Moving Into College During a Pandemic (In Seven Days or Less)

“How do I move into college in seven days?” is not something I would have ever thought I would ask myself. Yet here I was, opening an email about First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) that read, “Arcadia Abroad cannot support student travel at this time.”  I read and reread...