Author: preegorecki

Library Insiders: Loanable Materials & Resources

By: Breannah Brooks

The library was always a place that I was used to. Growing up, my dad and I would go to the library every week to check out new books, so that we could read together and learn new things. However, as I got older, reading just became something that did not interest me as much. We always tend to correlate the library with reading, but this is not always the case. Walking onto FSU’s campus, the first thing that caught my eye was the Starbucks logo inside of Strozier. This made me come to the library more and learn new things about what it had to offer, other than just books. 

My freshman year in college, I found myself using the library more than intended. Not only trying a new Starbucks drink from Tik Tok everytime I went, but being glued to the computers to complete my assignments. It was for my economics class, where we had to play “Second Life” for a grade. I had come to the library before, but it wasn’t for long periods of time; probably to just print and go. However, doing my assignments helped me realize what the library really was, and how much of a benefit it could really be. 

One of the most important and useful things for me was the materials that you could check out. Being that I was already in the library to use the computer for my Second Life assignment- it should already give some insight as to how broken my computer already was. Soon it broke completely, which was an essential item for a college student. I soon learned that the library had macbooks for checkout, which I used until I was able to get a new computer. You could also check out things like cameras, chargers and ever headphone pieces. While being in the library, I also noticed that there were big areas of study rooms that also contained white boards for dry erase. You could also check out those materials too if you needed! 

Everything that I needed was at the library. If I didn’t have something, or left it in my residence hall and did not want to walk all the way across campus to get it, I could find it there. The library became like a second home to me, not only because of the materials that were available, but the atmosphere itself. It became a place I could depend on for my studies and success as a first generation student here at Florida State. 

Library Insiders: Late-Night Tutoring

By: Bella Jaramillo

When I was in high school, I took an introductory chemistry class. The subject matter seemed easy enough and I knew that if I ever had to take science classes in college, I’d be more than okay. I was totally wrong.

I never anticipated how difficult some of my core classes would be. Fall semester of my sophomore year at FSU, I had to take chemistry. Though this was an introductory class, I felt like I had missed a plethora of information and needed some serious help understanding the basics. I began to ask around if anyone knew any tutors. I was constantly practicing and studying on my own, but to no avail. The information was just too complex for me to understand on my own. 

It was through a friend that I learned about the tutoring services that Strozier and Dirac libraries offer. I showed up one day with my textbook in hand and notebook in the other and found that there were a few students from my class taking advantage of the tutoring sessions offered too. During my first session, I was able to understand information I once believed to be too difficult to understand. I began making a habit out of attending tutoring once or twice a week (depending on the subject that week) and managed to succeed in what I consider to be one of the most difficult courses of my collegiate career. 

The library currently offers tutoring in chemistry, math, and physics, and we’re open five nights a week – Sunday through Thursday from 8pm to midnight. Specific classes we offer tutoring for are listed on the subject pages I linked in the previous sentence. FSU students can visit this page for the link to join the Zoom room, and TCC/FAMU students can email lib-tutoring@fsu.edu for a direct link to join the active sessions. No appointment is needed for any of the subjects.