Hello from the Jolly Librarian!

The Mayfield Library is always looking for ways to let you know what’s going on with us, so we can serve you better. To better achieve that aim, we’re starting this library blog.

As we communicate with you, please keep in touch with us. We welcome all feedback.

After all, the Mayfield Library is here for you!

Monday Motivator: Say Thanks

Last week I received two thank you notes. One was from a friend whose husband had died the week before, thanking the library for sending flowers. The  other was for a birthday present, sent by a friend suffering from dementia.

I mention these two things because formal thank-you notes seem to have gone the way of the dinosaur. I am not a formal person, but more than once in the past few years, I have wondered if a present sent for a birthday, graduation, wedding, or baby shower ever arrived because the gift was not acknowledged. Since I was not able to attend the events, there was no way to know. I was in the awkward position of not wanting my gift to have been lost, but also not wanting to appear like the grumpy aunt who wants to know why the thank-you notes haven’t been sent. A quick email or text would have been more than sufficient.

I am not Miss Manners, and my point is not to have everyone go out and send a thank-you note. But the fact that two people with many cares and worries managed to send one reminded me that I need to be more aware of the kindnesses that people do for me on a regular basis and express my appreciation.

And by thanks, I don’t mean the mumbled word that really just means “Okay, we’re finished with this transaction.” I mean an actual expression of heartfelt gratitude for the person.

I’m going to try (meaningfully) thank five people this week. Why don’t you join me?

 

 

How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time): Part 4

This week’s tips are from the students in General Biology:

  • Study 2 hours for every one hour of class.
  • Stay organized.
  • Do class work.
  • Sleep, Sleep, Sleep!
  • Make flashcards

 

Monday Motivator: Don’t Be a Piggy

Years ago, I was at Vandyland with a friend. We decided to have a milkshake and asked the waitress if we could share one or if we should each order one. She said as only Southern waitresses in diners can, “Well, if you are a piggy, you should order a whole one. Otherwise, you can share.”

I thought about that this weekend as I tried to fill up my car. I was stunned by the lines and the stations with no gasoline. If what I read was correct, there was no real reason for it. We created the shortage by panicking. Apparently, some people were not only filling up their cars, but also filling up lots of those plastic red jugs as if the zombie apocalypse had just occurred.

But folks, let’s face it, if the zombie apocalypse happens, most of us, whether we have a half  a tank or gallons in reserve, are going to die in the first wave. Zombies are tenacious creatures.

And for those times that aren’t the zombie apocalypse, just relaxing, not going overboard, and being willing to let others get some needed supplies should get us through.

In other words, don’t be a piggy.

How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time): Part 3

  • Don’t be afraid of failure. ( English department).
  • Ask lots of questions. Ask them in lots of different ways. (Library)
  • Use all the resources on campus geared towards your success, such as workshops put on by various offices. (Library)
  • Read all the directions.  Read everything before you start, several times if necessary, until you understand what is being asked of you. (Library)
  • Never wait to the last minute to begin any type of assignment. (Library)

Monday Motivator: Put Your Happy Pants On

Today has not been a great day:

  1. I went to the doctor where I waited for more than a hour and then received a minor but painful treatment.
  2. I thought I had come up with a perfect activity that would remove 90% of the clutter in our office but found the plan wouldn’t work.
  3. I discovered that there was a good chance that all my plans for the evenings this week will have to be scrapped.
  4. And I’m hungry. But we’re three people down in the library, so I have to wait for lunch.

 

Unfortunately, I broke one of my rules about being unhappy: Being unhappy doesn’t give you the right to spread the feeling to other people. I was grumpy and made other people miserable. So now I’m trying to make it up to my poor colleagues.

My dad had a saying every time my sister and I were upset: “Well, you’ve got the same pants to get happy in.”

And I have gotten happy. Now I just need to remember to do it before I ruin other people’s day.

 

 

How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time): Part 2

Today’s suggestions are from an instructor in one of our medical programs:

  1. Get to know a secretary, and visit with her/him often.
  2.  

    Set up one, central, calendar for your class schedule and deadlines, and make sure you can access it from anywhere.

  3.  

    Schedule time to study the same way you schedule dinner with your friends or your kid’s athletic schedule.

  4.  

    Form a group of students you meet on campus and share your experiences and challenges.

  5.  

    Study with someone who knows absolutely nothing about the subject—you will learn a great deal because you will have to explain everything.

 

How to Succeed in College (5 Tips at a Time)

This semester we are gathering helpful tips from faculty, staff,and students on how to survive and succeed in college.

  • Buy your books even if the tests  only include what’s on the PowerPoint slides. Reading the chapters before the lecture helps you know what the lecture is going to be about, giving you a heads up on what is difficult. It also means the lecture is reinforcing the material. And the more reinforcement, the more you’ll learn.
  • Showing up is important, but not enough. It’s important to go to class, but go to participate. Playing with your phone, chatting with friends, etc. just won’t cut it in the college classroom.
  • It can take a while to make friends. Community college students often have jobs and families. So everyone may not be able to hang around after class. Don’t despair if you don’t make friends immediately. It may take a little while, but if you’re friendly and open, it will happen.
  • Don’t assume you’re the only who doesn’t understand a concept. Take it from someone who has been in school most of her life, you are not the only one!!!
  • Visit your instructors during their office hours to get help. That’s why they’re there. They want you to succeed. And it’s a lot easier to fix a problem at the beginning. It’s much harder when you’re weeks behind.

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