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College can be a daunting prospect to most high school students. There are so many unknowns, from where their classes will be, to what their new professors are going to expect of them.
On Monday, March 11, nine AP English students from Montgomery Area High School, led by English teacher Paul Bozella, came to Lycoming College’s Snowden Library to ease some of those worries. The students used the College’s resources for a paper on one of the seven classic novels they have been reading throughout the year. Instructional Services Librarians Emily Hardesty and Mary Broussard led a tour of the physical library collection and demonstrated how to use the databases Snowden Super Search and Biography in Context for literary criticism and biographical information on the authors.
The students then had a significant amount of time to collect five sources for their papers while Hardesty, Broussard, Sue Beidler (Acting Director), and Bozella provided individual help. These students now have a better understanding of the resources college libraries offer. They also have a connection to the College and an idea of what lies ahead of them, particularly for four of the nine students who plan to attend Lycoming College in the fall.
“Our students talked about the presentation and the research process during lunch and on the way home. They found it helpful for the essay in my class, but, more importantly, they found it eye-opening for what they need to expect next year in college. And at the same time, they said the lessons they learned gave them confidence that they can succeed next year in college,” said Bozella.