Student Spotlight

Dean McGowan with Raquel DeLeo, standing in the Innovation Lab during the finals event, Cram Jam

In the words of Raquel DeLeo '27, on attending Library events during her first-year at Fairfield.

"Since attending the Pomodoro event [Guided Study Session] that the DiMenna-Nyselius Library hosted, for an FYE Thrive event, my time management and study habit skills have significantly increased. Through that event, I learned how to effectively and efficiently stay on task. These skills carried into the Library's Cram Jam opportunity [annual finals week event] as I studied for my finals. With the Pomodoro technique, I was able to concentrate and force myself to take a 5-10 minute break and take advantage of the "brain break" activities at Cram Jam. Such activities included a special visit from Dakota, Fairfield University's very own therapy dog, coloring sheets, snacks, and mental health resources presented by the Counseling department. In addition, I recently attended the Douglass Day Transcribe-A-Thon and volunteered my time to transcribe the correspondence of Frederick Douglass, preserving Black history. I am looking forward to other experiences that the Library offers in the near future!"

- Raquel DeLeo '27, International Business major

The Library continues to host weekly Guided Study Sessions in a distraction free atmosphere using the Pomodoro Technique, on Sunday evenings from 7:00pm-9:30pm. In addition, research librarians are available to meet with students one-on-one to discuss study skills, time management tips, as well as help locating, evaluating, and citing sources.

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method based on 25-minute stretches of focused work, with five-ten minute breaks in between. The Library provides snacks and de-stress materials for the mandatory breaks. Students should arrive on time to get the most out of this proven study method. Information is posted on Life@Fairfield and the Library website.

Featured image: Dean of the Library, Christina S. McGowan, standing with student Raquel DeLeo at a Library finals week event, Cram Jam.