Monday, August 1, 2016

August 2016

The staff of the Benedict College Library  welcomes our new and returning students, faculty and staff for the fall 2016 semester! We are excited to see all of you on campus. We are also looking forward to working with you this year.

Read an eBook today!

                   College Tips Just For You
1. Go to as many orientations and Freshmen Welcome events as possible. The more you know about your college, the more at ease you’ll feel.

 2.Get involved. Join groups or campus activities.

 3. Get organized. In college, instructors give you a class syllabus for the year and expect you to be prepared for class. Set up a system to keep track of what is due and when tests are scheduled.

 4. Find a place and time to study.  Find a place that works best for you to get your work done.

5. Meet with your instructors. Getting to know your instructor pays off in many ways.

6. Make friends with your academic advisor. This is your advocate for the next four years. Getting to know them and treating them respectfully will pay off if you hit a snag.

7. Take advantage of academic resources. Don’t wait until you fall behind to find a tutor or study group. Most colleges have academic resources. Ask your advisor  about them.

8. Become friends with people in your classes. They will become study buddies and can share notes with you if you miss a class.

9. Know what medical services are available on campus and use them. If you are sick, go to the nurse. If you get stressed out or have other issues, visit the counseling center.

10. Don’t procrastinate. If you wait until the night before something is due and you cram, you probably won’t do well and will add a lot of stress to your life. Stay ahead of the game and study a bit every day.

Take advantage of everything Benedict has to offer. Explore and try things you haven’t done before. This is the only time in your life where you will have so much time to explore and, occasionally, make mistakes. College is all about: learning, exploring, making mistakes and growing. Be kind to yourself. Enjoy your years at Benedict!

      Book of the Month 

   Ms. Louise Smith meets Byron Pitts, Co-Anchor of ABC News Nightline at Richland One School District's Reading Rocks 

Ms. Smith's Pick: Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges by Byron Pitts.

In Step Out on Nothing, Byron Pitts chronicles his astonishing story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Throughout Byron's difficult youth―his parents separated when he was twelve and his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet―he suffered from a debilitating stutter. But Byron was keeping an even more embarrassing secret: He was also functionally illiterate. For a kid from inner-city Baltimore, it was a recipe for failure.
Pitts turned struggle into strength and overcame both of his impediments. Along the way, a few key people "stepped out on nothing" to make a difference for him―from his mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her kids right and delivered ample amounts of tough love, to his college roommate, who helped Byron practice his vocabulary and speech. Pitts even learns from those who didn't believe in him, like the college professor who labeled him a failure and told him to drop out of college. Through it all, he persevered, following his steadfast passion. After fifteen years in local television, he landed a job as a correspondent for CBS News in 1998, and went on to become an Emmy Award–winning journalist and a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes. Not bad for a kid who couldn't read.
From a challenged youth to a reporting career that has covered 9/11 and Iraq, Pitts's triumphant and uplifting story will resonate with anyone who has felt like giving up in the face of seemingly insurmountable hardships.

A copy of Step Out on Nothing is located in the Special Collection on the Mezzanine Level.

Library Tips
*You can check out up to 10 regular books and 10 e Books at a time
*You need a 13 digit library bar code number to check out books,     use a computer and to print. 
* Library Barcodes are available at the Information Desk
*Reserve books can not be taken from the Library
*No food or drinks in the Library

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