Jessica Danielle Powell's English 170W Blog
The Long Development of a Short Story.
A Longing Pursuit for a Short Story
Posted on September 14th, 2011 at 6:54 pm by Jessica Danielle Powell and

I’m interested in pursuing “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin
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This is a story that I studied in my first year at Queens College. The theme for English during that year was “The Immigrant Experience”. All of my English Professor’s focused on stories that were written by authors of all different ethnicity’s and backgrounds. During my second semester at Queens College I took an English 120 class (as almost all of us have) and we read “The Story of an Hour” By: Kate Chopin. It was one of the shortest stories I’ve read but so far has had the longest impact on my life.

One thing that I appreciate so much about this story is its complexity in the text. So many events are interweaving, dodging, and diverging from each other all at the same time. The text and the story stimulates my mind and also the way I view the world and people around me. This story also talks about oppression and hope and how one always has more power than the other at any given point in time.  “The Story of an Hour” is one of the most amazing short stories I’ve read in my life.

I knew that I was going to study this story at some point in my life and I didn’t know it would be so soon (insert laugh here). “The Story of an Hour” seems to take place over days because of how much information and twists are in the story. Although it only took me 10 minutes to read it’s going to take me a longer time to understand and dissect. That time starts now, in this English 170W class, and I hope to have grasped most of the story’s literal, social, and metaphorical meeting by the end of this semester.

The Beginning of the #EnglishMajor
Posted on September 6th, 2011 at 11:15 pm by Jessica Danielle Powell and

September 7th, 2011

Work on: What is the English Major? What is it good for? Use Twitter (“use” means: search, find hashtags, find followers)

I’ve been told that the English Major is a dead end. Many say that the English Major is pointless but I believe that the English Major is where it ALL begins.

The English major is not a dead end but rather a new beginning.

Twitter References: Idea’s of the English Major gathered from tweets

The #EnglishMajor is


  • @AllyDenton: gotta finish this paper. who makes a paper due on a holiday!?!? not cool. not cool at all. #EnglishMajor



A Slight Introduction.
Posted on August 30th, 2011 at 4:09 am by Jessica Danielle Powell and

Let’s take the time out to introduce ourselves ;-D

Hello, my name Jessica Danielle Powell but you can call me Extraaaa…

I am a writer who is looking into an English/Dance double major but I am also contemplating a Business Administration Major. I’m currently looking into the BALA [Business and Liberal Arts] program here at Queens College to further educate myself about how Queens College can assist me in acquiring a BA in Business Administration. I am very passionate about the Arts [Dance, Writing, Theater, Music, Media, Classical Art, etc.]. I believe that an arts education is essential to ones personal development and growth.

Art Is…and I am dedicating my life to showing many talented youth that Art Is what you make it. I plan to be a gateway through which many youth recognize their talents and learn to use them in a positive way that will benefit them and the world around them.

Many of us write because we weren’t able to speak at a certain time in our lives and I plan to show others how they can use words to instill not only faith but power and substance into their lives and the lives of others. I do plan on writing several books to encourage and inspire many around the world.

One of my Youth Leaders once told me:

“We are all here to help somebody. We go through to help other’s get through. Once you’ve stopped helping you’ve stopped existing”

– Ricardo James Louison

I plan to exist then, now, and in the future.

– Jessica Danielle Powell [ @signedExtraaaa onTwitter]

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