In my APUSH class, we had a small research project regarding the American Revolution. In preparation for the major and main research project that will happen during the spring term, our class members each wrote on the various topics given by our teacher, Mr. LaForest. Scanning through the list of topics, the Hessian Mercenaries intrigued me the most as an original topic to write about. As I encountered the topic for the first time while researching, I realized how important and beneficial the library and the librarians were. Mr. Styles provided me with physical copies of books about the Hessian Mercenaries, and Mrs. MacGillivray introduced me to the world of specific online sources. With the help of the librarians and the vast library databases, I could relatively easily acquire the information that I sought to look for. Hessian Mercenaries are in fact, a very rare topic, and not a lot of specific background information is described. However, through such valuable help and browsing, learning about the German mercenaries not only provided me a comfortable path to write the paper but also increased my interest in the topic as well. Trying to connect all the scattered information was a truly valuable experience, and I look forward to the actual research paper coming up after the AP exams.
In reminiscing on my junior year and the most positive experiences of that year, among the top few was the U.S. History Paper! While I chose a topic on medicine that I truly enjoyed, I remember feeling intimidated and fearful of the writing process at the beginning- a process that ended up being among the most enlightening educational experiences of my lifetime. I had the privilege of researching a topic I yearn to devote my life to, spending time with my very knowledgeable teacher and finding resources selected by very helpful librarians, but unfortunately, many juniors do not see this. The desire to share my story and the stories of other students regarding the reality of the U.S. History paper, a challenging but fulfilling facet of the junior experience, has fueled a recent SLAB initiative to make a promotional video for the U.S. History paper with appearances from senior students, librarians, and history faculty. The video is intended to ease unnecessary stress and anxiety for the junior class while showcasing the immense benefits garnered from the essay writing process. We are planning on creating the video in the coming term!
In April, a speaker from The Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, Bambi Mroz, talked about how we are living in an age where women are rising to their feet and demanding to be empowered. For far too long women in general were classified as the weaker sex. However, through the years, women have challenged the traditional female roles and have gradually climbed up the social ladder. Fighting passionately to make their voices heard, accomplished individual women have challenged themselves as well as the public’s view to break down the gender barrier. One of the examples that Mrs. Mroz gave us was Loomis graduate Ella T. Grasso who was first woman governor in her own right. Though women have progressed in a number of areas, the fight for women’s rights is not over. Gender equality is an ongoing battle for women. Although there is still more work to do, women today have many more opportunities than women of previous generations. We, as women, shouldn’t be discouraged, because it’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock. The women of the past were the keys that opened the door for the women today. In the near future, there will be more women leaders opening more doors. I hope to be one of those women to open a brighter and better door for the future generations.