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Front of Gothic revival church next to row houses

When Dr. McCarthy informed us that for our English class, we would do a service trip, I was one of the few that was relatively calm about it.

By Ariana Guillen
May 8, 2018
Empty plate

Summertime. Friday afternoon. It was unbelievably hot inside my house, and with one glance I could tell that it was sweltering outside. Letting out a Iittle sigh, I willed my body to move up from the couch I threw myself on and went to the kitchen where I quickly opened the fridge up.

By Ariana Guillen
March 13, 2018
Camping shack in forest in Hawaii

Brief Interview of what week one of the internship looked like in Honoka'a, Hawai'i - Food Forest and Waipio Valley.

By Tyler Johnson
January 30, 2018
Sunset behind palm trees in Hawaii

Arriving in Hawai'i was unlike arriving any place I have ever been before. The Kona International Airport has maybe two runways, and the actual airport is a collection of huts. There were no terminals, no gates and one small baggage claim area. When the plane landed, we were unloaded right down on the tarmac. 

By Tyler Johnson
January 16, 2018

It's the time of year we’ve all either been dreading or looking forward to: Finals. And I don’t know about all of you, but just the word test or exam can occasionally freak me out. So I'm giving a bit of advice that has worked for me in the past.

By Danielle Nicole Cain
April 22, 2017
Jenna-Kim with her friends

I am a transfer student from Manor College, a private two-year Catholic college in Jenkintown, Pa. It was a fantastic school with fantastic staff. Right before I completed my time at Manor, I decided it would be good to transfer and get my bachelor's degree.

By Jenna-Kim Lewis
April 6, 2017
Andrew Conboy lays it in for two points.

At the start of the semester, I was privileged to join the men’s basketball team as a player. Previously I had been the team's manager, but after many injuries and roster changes, Coach Jesse Balcer offered me a spot to help out with practice.

By Andrew James Conboy
March 19, 2017
Lion dancers celebrating Chinese New Year

For the first time, I was actually awake and able to make it to the Chinese New Year in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, following a few prior unsuccessful attempts in years past to keep my eyelids open for the celebration. It is, by far, one of the most unique experiences I have ever had.

By Muriyd Fuller
February 10, 2017
Danielle walking on campus

For the past few days, I’ve been asked the infamous question of “How was your first week at Chestnut Hill?”  I can honestly say, it was one of the best weeks I've had in a long time.

By Danielle Nicole Cain
January 28, 2017
Pen sitting on journal

It seems that two of the most important subjects in our modern education are the two that plague us the most. Mathematics and English. Though I enjoy a slice of pre-calculus and algebra, they won't be discussed much for now.

By Muriyd Fuller
November 12, 2016
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