My name is Darby Swab, and I will be the editor of ArtsLine 2018-2019! It's hard to believe the Quarter has already flown by so fast, and we're already heading into the cold weather season.
(Please send me all of the blankets, hot cocoa, and puppies to snuggle with, stat!)
A bit about me: I moved to Philly from Buffalo, NY on a 100-degree day in July. My first out of state move and the furthest from home I’ve ever lived, the concept was terrifying. Despite the jitter and the doubts and moving away from the city I’d come to know as home, I still felt like Philly was the right place for me. After getting my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies from the University at Buffalo, I jumped right into a graduate program there that unfortunately didn’t suit me. After 2 years and a drop to part-time status, I was feeling pretty down and excited for a change of scenery. In only a few months I’ve already found a sense of belonging and purpose here not only in “The City of Brotherly Love,” but at Drexel, in this program, and among my wonderful coworkers at Starbucks 16th& Walnut.
Some of my favorite things about Philadelphia so far:
While I’m still homesick for pink Buffalo sunsets, the south facing view from my Newbold rowhome provides a similar sense of comfort. My daily commute on the subway has become a quiet time for music and self-reflection. I’ve quickly acclimated to life in Philly, and it’s a great feeling.
For my take on ArtsLine, I want to talk about some more of my favorite Philadelphia people, places, and things while providing some of the pictures I take in my daily life. I no longer pursue photography as more than a hobby, but I hope you’ll enjoy the snapshots from one graduate student’s iPhone SE. I am excited to share with you where the winter quarter brings me!
Please send any recommendations, places I should go, things I can see, etc! I look forward to hearing from you and am excited to begin this chapter as the editor of ArtsLine.
ArtsLine editor 2018-2019