Jess Derr

Jessica Derr May 29, 2019 11:42 am

Ed, Kate, and Tori Knab—Arcadia Triplets

Not only are Ed, Kate, and Tori Knab all members of the Arcadia Class of 2020, but they are triplets and roommates. Here they discuss what it’s like navigating higher ed with that unique perspective. Who chose Arcadia first? Did your other siblings’ interest in Arcadia deter you from choosing it...

Jessica Derr Apr 22, 2019 10:27 pm

Reconciling with Recovery

After nearly a year resigned to the sidelines following my ACL tear, I was expecting my clearance to be a momentous occasion. Something along the lines of the heavens opening, a choir singing, all aches and pains immediately leaving my body, and a sudden ability to run a six-minute mile. [block1...

Jessica Derr Apr 9, 2019 2:39 pm

Learning to Favor Feedback

The nature of writing is so personal that it can be difficult to untangle it from your identity. I went through a period in which I was wary about sharing my work with others. Any criticism or less-than-stellar paper grades were a mighty blow to my self-esteem. If I was not a good writer, what was...

Creative writing lecture led by English faculty.

Jessica Derr Feb 17, 2019 7:00 pm

Supporting the Professors Who Support Us

One of the greatest benefits of attending Arcadia is that I’m more than just another body in a crowded lecture hall. I am not just a number. I am not just plopped on a conveyor belt, only to be churned out at the other end with a piece of paper, a head full of half-remembered facts, and not much...

Jessica Derr Dec 21, 2018 9:53 am

Andrew Katz, Graduate Student and Published Author

Graduate student Andrew Katz, a Master of Arts in English (Comparative Literature) and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing candidate, recently published The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls. On the side, Andrew works in environmental science, likes to make...

Jessica Derr Dec 19, 2018 12:28 pm

More Than an ACL Tear

As a former member of the competitive club lacrosse scene, college was something I was forced to consider as early as my freshman year of high school. The idea of college was seldom separate from lacrosse. As a result, I did not always examine the professors, programs, and resources. [block2...

Jessica Derr Oct 25, 2018 2:43 pm

‘The Nun Is in Over Her Head’: A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean

Growing up Catholic and enduring years of CCD, I had an established view of nuns in my head. They were habit-clad, solemn-faced, steely-eyed women, ever ready to put a finger to their lips and shush if someone even looked like they were about to speak in mass. Also lingering in the back of my mind...

Jessica Derr Oct 8, 2018 4:48 pm

Gateway to Teaching

In the beginning of my college experience, I had many interactions with well-meaning, usually older relatives or family friends that played out like:     “What are you majoring in at Arcadia?”     “English.”     Then would come every English...

Jessica Derr Apr 24, 2018 1:51 pm

Danielle Duffy, Head Athletic Trainer

Why did you get into athletic training? In high school, I would say my thoughts were toward the medical field in some sort. I liked helping people, blood didn’t make me nauseous, a couple different things led me toward it. I thought about PT, I thought about nursing, didn’t want to...

Jessica Derr Mar 27, 2018 11:38 am

My ‘Small School’ Experience

Before I got to college, movies and television had instilled in me an image of how classes were conducted. Dwarfed before a lecture hall swamped with students, a single professor would drone on, flipping through slides of their PowerPoint. This professor would not know if a particular student...

Jessica Derr Feb 27, 2018 9:24 am

Shaking It Up With Shakespeare

Fenced in by desks, a mass of bodies wander and weave among each other. Their heads are bent over slips of paper in hand, yet they never collide. Rather, they orbit each other in perfect harmony, their voices raised as one in a steady beat, chanting out the same verses over and over. Surely images...

Jessica Derr Feb 12, 2018 7:00 pm

Empowering Girls and Women in Sports

In my mind, Arcadia’s dome always evokes memories of blistering cold days. Of practices and conditioning workouts before the sun rises. Of dragging sleds and running sprints (74 to be exact) until tears came to my eyes. Of harsh lights and dry air. Don’t get me wrong: The dome was built...