First Years Create Community in Isolating Times

As the creator of the @swat2024 Instagram page, Amanda Roessler ’24 aimed to connect incoming first year students with each other. She hoped to use the page to get to know as many students as possible before arriving on campus.  “Due to

Life at Swarthmore is Defined by Uncertainties

How would you summarize your first-year experience at Swarthmore? Would you say it was too academically intense? Would you say it was boring? I will say my first-year experience can be summarized by the word “uncertainties.” The most important lesson I learned


Coffee Talk with Ben Stern ’20

Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG. Today, The Daily


Ride the tide changes name to Swatstruck 2017

The college’s annual admitted students event, formerly known as Ride the Tide, has changed its name to “Swatstruck”. The new name accompanies several minor changes to the event’s programming. According to the college website, the name Ride the Tide was a reference

First years begin to make friends and make out

From finding condoms in our orientation packets to finding new friends in our halls, orientation was a week not soon forgotten. Orientation had time to socialize but also incorporated workshops focusing on drugs and alcohol, identity and inclusion, healthy relationships and consent.

On the menu: fresh aesthetic for all

Hey, this is To Serve. Maybe you’re confused, because until this article, I wrote a column called Hi! Fashion (R.I.P.). Fashion is endlessly interesting to me, and so it took me three semesters of writing a column every other week to call

Against freshman-only housing

At the Phoenix, we believe it is imperative that first-year housing continue to be mixed by class year. Mixed housing is an integral part of the Swarthmore experience. Living with older students allows first years to meet people they would otherwise never