Arden Simone

Hometown: Radnor, Pennsylvania
College: Davidson College

At Davidson College, I enjoyed being part of a tight-knit, challenging and dedicated Division I lacrosse team.

Originally from Radnor, Pennsylvania, I graduated from Davidson College in 2017 with a degree in psychology. At Davidson, I was the founder and co-president of The Davidson Teach-In Series which organized Teach-Ins and Lunch-Ins to fight for social justice and develop a capacity for activism on campus; I was also the co-president of Half the Sky which advocates and writes newsletters to fight for women’s rights globally, co-president of Davidson’s ‘Room in the Inn’ chapter which runs a weekly homeless shelter, co-president of Davidson’s Adopt-A-Grand-Parent program which partners students with seniors in the community, founder and co-president of Davidson’s Women’s Health Justice Committee and a service freshman orientation leader. During my junior year, I studied abroad in India and fell in love with the diverse cultures of South Asia; I backpacked through Thailand, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. My senior spring, I was thrilled to receive an award for my service and civic contributions by Davidson’s Center for Civic Engagement. Outside of Davidson, I coached an elementary lacrosse team and invested in my other passions: anything outdoors—hiking, biking, rock climbing, camping, rafting and traveling the world. After graduating from Davidson, I traveled through Iceland, led for Overland and then went to Guatemala to teach ESL in San Marcos to Indigenous Tz’utujil students and hike volcanoes. After Guatemala, I returned to India to backpack through Rajasthan and trek through the Himalayas of Nepal to Everest Base Camp and the summit of Kala Patthar. Last spring, I was an intern in the Overland office.

In 2015, I led Berkshire Adventure; in 2016, I led France; in 2017, I led Field Studies Southeast Asia; and in 2018, I led Field Studies Tanzania. I love getting to know my students. Every summer they blow me away with their potential, passion and pure happiness; and every summer they blow themselves away with what they can accomplish. It is an honor to be part of such a joyful yet challenging and ultimately transformative summer for each of them.