Jess Derr

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...

Jessica Derr Dec 22, 2017 1:21 pm

Dr. Matt Heitzman, Assistant Professor of English and 'Hamilton' Superfan

What possessed you to create your Literature of the Revolution course? My dissertation was looking at the ways in which English writers responded to the French Revolution, so I’m really interested in how people write about revolution and how they think about revolution. The idea of...

Jessica Derr Dec 1, 2017 10:42 am

Surviving the Off-Season

It is 7 a.m. on a Thursday and I’m questioning my life choices big time. My heart is racing, a panicked metronome in my chest. My legs ache, still feeling like lead from our heavy lift a mere 11 hours ago. My breathing is ragged. Sweat runs down my face. In the gymnasium, the lights...

Jessica Derr Nov 2, 2017 12:03 pm

What I've Learned at the Writing Center

Writing has always been an essential part of who I am. My earliest memories include me creating makeshift books, silly little leaflets of computer paper stapled together, adorned with my illegible crayon scrawl, and making up worlds and characters to share with my family. I don’t like to say I’m...

Jessica Derr Oct 16, 2017 3:09 pm

Midnight Chicken Fingers, Changing Friendships, and More: Lessons from Freshman Year

Every year, without fail, when the fireflies begin to fade into blackness, when winds run cool, and the back-to-school advertisements hound my every waking hour, I am gripped by immense anxiety despite the fact that I am not going back to school, at least not in the traditional sense. [block3...

Jessica Derr Apr 26, 2017 12:00 am

April Pollock and Kate Higgins, Women’s Lacrosse Coaches

Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach April Pollock and Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach Kate Higgins discuss the challenges and rewards of coaching at Arcadia. How did you get into coaching? AP: My senior year in college, I was taking a study course for the LSATs because I originally...

Jessica Derr Apr 12, 2017 12:00 am

From Grey Towers to the Iron Throne

I remember many a night my senior year of high school, sitting at my kitchen table, engaged in a losing battle with a beast known to me as Calc 232. Encircled by crumpled notes, old tests, and battered packets, the sheer extent of my academic mess made it feel as though the clutter...