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New Books Spotlight: Welcome Catamount First Years!

Welcoming our first-year students, we’ve put together a list to help you succeed, be healthy, and have fun! Featuring student success books, guidebooks, cookbooks, and fun reads with first year protagonists; all at UVM Libraries!

The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook: Your Guide for Everything From Hangovers to Homesickness by Jill Grimes ; illustrated by Nicole Grimes

College students facing their first illness, accident, or anxiety away from home often flip-flop between wanting to handle it themselves and wishing their parents could swoop in and fix everything. Advice from peers and "Dr. Google" can be questionable.The Ultimate College Student Health Handbook provides accurate, trustworthy, evidence-based medical information (served with a dose of humor) to reduce anxiety and stress and help set appropriate expectations for more than fifty common issues.

Hidden History of Burlington, Vermont by Glenn Fay Jr. ; foreword by Melina Moulton

Sitting on a hillside overlooking a spectacular lake and mountains, Burlington was destined to attract greatness, although much of its history has remained hidden. It was the territory of the Alnôbak, who lived in concert with nature for thousands of years, and later the swashbuckling Green Mountain Boy Ethan Allen and his kin. Self-made tycoon Lawrence Barnes helped make the city the third-largest lumber shipping port in the country. The resilient Fanny Penniman created the first herbarium, and her daughter inspired a nineteenth-century hospital. Bootlegger Cyrus Dean was convicted of murder and publicly executed in the hill section. Irish, French Canadian, Jewish and Italian neighborhoods all combined to give a unique character to the city.

Unlocking the Possibilities: Insider Secrets to College, Career, and Beyond by Thomas M. Evans

Terrified of failing #adulting? A wise, kind uncle started the conversation with, "This is the way it really works . . ." Unlocking the Possibilities is that conversation. From launching your adult life to finding a life partner (and acing college in between), you can focus on a clear path to achieve what you want.

Academic Writing and Dyslexia: A Visual Guide to Writing at University by Adrian J. Wallbank

Fully revised and expanded, this book presents a unique visual approach to academic writing and composition tailored to the needs of students with dyslexia in Higher Education. It will help you to successfully structure and articulate your ideas, get to grips with critical reading, thinking and writing and fulfill your full academic potential. The 'writing process' (e.g. genre and style, critical thinking and reading, writing, sentence construction, and proofreading editing) is de-mystified and translated into innovative, meaningful visual representations in the form of templates, images, icons and prompts designed to meet the visual and 'big picture' learning styles and strengths of your dyslexia. Underpinned by extensive research, this book will help you to present your thoughts and evaluate and critique competing arguments in a compelling way. It is written to help you bridge the gap between your existing coping strategies and the increased demands and rigours of academic writing at university. This second edition features enhanced visual techniques for reading online, expanded material to cover scientific writing, literature reviews, reflective writing and academic style, and detailed explanations of how dyslexia affects writing, how to reduce pressure on your working memory and how to get your creativity and ideas onto the page in order to excel. This book serves as an invaluable resource for dyslexic students, academics, dyslexia specialists, learning developers, and writing tutors throughout the Higher Education sector.

How to Solve a Problem: Insights for Critical Thinking, Problem-solving, and Success in College by Kelling J. Donald.


This concise and accessible resource offers new college students, especially those in science degree programs, guidance on engaging successfully with the classroom experience and skillfully tackling technical or scientific questions. The author provides insights on identifying, from the outset, individual markers for what success in college will look like for students, how to think about the engagement with professors as a partnership, and how to function effectively in that partnership toward achieving their pre-defined goals or markers of success. It is an ideal companion for science degree prospects and first-generation students seeking insight into the college experience. Offers transferable problem-solving ideas and skills applicable for other disciplines and future careers. Provides new students with support and inspiration for their college experience. Includes guidance for successful interactions with professors, peers, professionals, and others. Encourages thoughtful determination of desired outcomes from the college experience and shaping one's actions toward accomplishing those objectives.

Outsmart Your Brain: Why Learning is Hard and how you can Make it Easy by Daniel T. Willingham, PhD

Written by a cognitive psychologist who has spent decades studying how we learn, OUTSMART YOUR BRAIN is the definitive guide to help students master the skills of understanding material and retaining information. In clear, accessible prose, Dan Willingham lays out the techniques necessary for students at any stage to succeed and thrive when learning, studying, and taking exams. When studying, the tendency is to focus on the mental tasks that we control most easily, and which create a sense of familiarity, like rereading and highlighting, But, as explained in OUTSMART YOUR BRAIN, familiarity is not the same thing as retention or comprehension. Real learning comes from practices we may not be as likely to implement, like self-testing. Each chapter in the book is devoted to one process that contributes to learning, but which such as avoiding procrastination or understanding what you're trying to learn. The book offer an analysis of what makes it difficult and then offers specific strategies which work. Each chapter ends with a "For Teachers and Trainers" section. OUTSMART YOUR BRAIN is grounded in scientific findings but devoted to practical advice which make a difference to student test scores and grades. Giving readers peek under the hood at their own brains will help them understand which learning strategies work and why.

You've got this: A Student's Guide to Well-being at University and Beyond by Rachael Alexander

Student life can be overwhelming, with so many issues to deal with including living away from home, workload, deadlines and exams, family pressures and challenging relationships. It is not surprising that you might struggle to cope sometimes. But there are simple and effective ways that you can take ownership of your mental health, meaning you stay stress free, enjoy your university experience and achieve academic success. This book guides you through your student journey from preparing to go to college or university, managing the academic pressures, finding a job, and everything in-between. Relevant scenarios are presented, linked to a series of topics that explore the challenges you might experience, along with self-enquiry reflections which help you to apply the theory to your own experience and key take-aways. The approaches and strategies outlined will help you improve your academic performance, enhance your social skills, learn to manage your emotions, reduce your anxieties, and help you to think in more empowering ways. Combining practical psychological and spiritual guidance, You've Got This is written in a down to earth, jargon-free way, helping you, the reader take responsibility over the most important thing of all - the way you think.

The Student Wellbeing Toolkit: Preparing for Life at College, University and Beyond by Camila Devis-Rozental

The Student Wellbeing Toolkit puts wellbeing at the centre of your journey into university and beyond. By encouraging self-efficacy and a focus on the things you can control, it provides clear guidance to enhance wellbeing and opportunities for self-reflection that help develop self-awareness and prosocial skills for life. Offering an accessible toolkit of strategies, activities and tips this fantastic, accessible resource considerers wellbeing within six main areas: - physical wellbeing - socio-emotional wellbeing - intellectual wellbeing - environmental wellbeing - occupational wellbeing - financial wellbeing. Drawing on research evidenced theories around positive psychology, theories of learning, motivation, and self-development, the book explores what, how, and why these areas are key to our wellbeing and the rationale for taking them into account to enable you to flourish and thrive at university.

Your College Years: Secrets of the Universe to Make Them the Best by Catherine DePino

Your College Years deals with topics that help students know how to handle situations they'll encounter during their college years.

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

When Penny Lee heads to college in Austin, Texas, to learn how to become a writer, it's seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can't wait to leave behind. Sam is stuck, literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too; he knows that this is the chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he's a famous movie director but right life is really testing him. When they cross paths it's a collision of unbearable awkwardness. But as they stay in touch via text and share their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.

We are Okay: A Novel by Nina LaCour

Marin hasn't spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she's tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that's been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

After her mother dies in an accident, Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC-Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape-- until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A young mage who calls himself a 'Merlin' attempts-- and fails-- to wipe Bree's memory of everything she saw. His failure unlocks Bree's own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now she'll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

We Wish you Luck by Caroline Zancan

A coming-of-age campus novel about a group of students who take revenge on a professor after she destroys one of their own. It doesn't take long for the students on Fielding campus to become obsessed with Hannah, Leslie and Jimmy. The three graduate students are mysterious, inaccessible, and brilliant. Leslie, glamorous and brash, has declared that she wants to write erotica and make millions. Hannah is quietly confident, loyal, elegantly beautiful, and the person they all want to be; and Jimmy is a haunted genius with no past. After Simone - young, bestselling author and erstwhile model - shows up as a visiting professor, and after everything that happened with her, the trio only become more notorious. Love. Death. Revenge. These age-old tropes come to life as the semesters unfold. The threesome came to study writing, to be writers, and this is the story they've woven together: of friendship and passion, of competition and envy, of creativity as life and death. Now, they submit this story, We Wish You Luck, for your reading pleasure.

The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew

After being assigned to her university's prestigious and controversial neo-anthropological studies program, eighteen-year-old deaf student Delaney Meyers-Petrov must learn to channel her ability to slip between worlds--and, along with her capricious TA Colton Price, who seems determined to despise her, must uncover buried institutional secrets.

The One-pan College Cookbook: 80 Easy Recipes for Quick, Good Food by MJ Hong ; photography by Darren Muir

Cooking can be a great way to explore new foods, develop new kitchen skills, and save yourself time and money. With The One-Pan College Cookbook , any college student can make nutritious, easy one-pan recipes--no prerequisite coursework required. These dorm-friendly dishes and techniques also provide handy knife, seasoning, and organization lessons every student will use well beyond undergrad.

Take the Plunge: An Explorer's Guide to Swimming Holes of Vermont by David Hajdasz

Located at the Howe Library Reference Desk

The new second edition of this guide to more than 40 of Vermont's swimming holes. This illustrated guide includes photos for each location, driving directions, and general information.

The Greatest College Health Guide you Never Knew you Needed: How to Manage Food, Booze, Stress, Sex, Sleep, and Exercise on Campus by Jill Henry, Dave Henry

The Greatest Health Guide You Never Knew You Needed is a complete road map for how to take care of your mind and body that will not only set students up to crush the next four years, but will also provide a foundation they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.