Deirdre Higgins ’79

Portrait of Deirdre Higgins in a marketplaceDeirdre Higgins ’79 is a writing consultant and editor in the Los Angeles area, and a Reunion 2019 volunteer.

Why did you choose Sarah Lawrence?

It really was my father who discovered SLC. He thought I would benefit from a more progressive college since I had gone through 12 years of fairly strict Catholic schools. When I visited the campus, I fell in love with it—the beautiful grounds, the old stone buildings, the Pub, the library with the giant pillows.

I also loved the idea of three core classes and three related independent studies. None of the other colleges I looked at had an academic structure like that.

Did you have a favorite class?

I really enjoyed Will Leach and John Braswell’s classes. They were so inventive and really pushed the limits.

What was your favorite spot on campus?

The pillow room in the library. I loved to read there…and sleep.

How did your time at Sarah Lawrence shape your career?

It made me a more creative and critical thinker, which has helped me in my teaching and writing.

What are you most looking forward to at Reunion 2019?

I’m looking forward to being back on campus and seeing faces I haven’t seen in a while.