Getting to Know U: Shannon

By Robert Lisiecki

We’ve covered a variety of people in our Getting to Know U series, from a future lawyer, to a career changer, to a science professor, and more. It may seem like we’ve covered most of the bases, but we’re really just getting warmed up.

Today, we’re going to discuss a student with a unique perspective, Shannon, a concurrent student. Shannon is unlike any other student on our campus. Let’s see why.


Shannon is what some of her peers might considered a nerd. She’s a highly ambitious high school senior looking to get ahead in life. Others would see her as driven and focused.

As a concurrent student, she takes classes both at high school and at her local community college. She’s not only looking for a new challenge, but she’s also looking to start college ahead of the curve by getting some basic courses out of the way.

Shannon is a student that educators love because she carries a genuine passion for knowledge and learning.

Many students are currently taking Advanced Placement courses or International Baccalaureate courses to prepare for higher education, but Shannon’s taking things a step further.  One thing we need to remember, though, is Shannon is still just a high school student at her core. She may be very intelligent with an insatiable hunger for education, but she still has a lot of learning to do. Currently she’s considering becoming a History major.

We can pretty clearly pick out two challenges that Shannon faces. For one, she wants to learn and thus she needs resources that offer her more than what basic Google searches can offer her. She needs to be able to trust her resources’ authenticity.

Another challenge Shannon faces is the transition she’s currently navigating. She needs resources that will help her transition from high school classes to college courses. One could argue Shannon needs a resource that could be used for both. She already has enough on her plate. Does she really need to worry about navigate different resources?

Gale U has Shannon covered. Let’s talk about how.

Student Resources in Context and U.S. History in Context

So, we’ve established that Shannon needs a resource that she can use to make a seamless transition from high school classes to college courses. Much like her peers, she’d most likely appreciate something that’s simple and familiar.

Student Resources in Context is a resource that fits her needs. It’s a resource that really focuses making that transition easier. It’s packed with information on a variety of subjects, stacked with multimedia content, and updated constantly. It’s built to support papers, projects, and presentations.

All of that is nice to Shannon, but what’s really nice is its focus on promoting college readiness. The interface and displayed content challenges Shannon to think critically, which she knows is a skill she needs to develop. How does it do this? With portal pages.

The portal pages give her up front information about a particular subject she may be searching and this it’s organized based on content type. So, while it gives her what she needs to write a paper, it’s up to her to figure out how to use the content or what content to use.

Once she finds the content that’s right for her, the built-in citation tools allow her to correctly source her materials.

The information Shannon can find in Student Resources in Context can be used both for her high school classes and first-year college courses, which makes it very convenient for her.

Since she is considering studying History, Shannon also needs U.S. History in Context. Built similarly to Student Resource in Context, Shannon likes its intuitive display and search functionality. It offers her new and old content on some of today and yesterday’s biggest events and people. Its focus and depth of content allows her to find exactly what she needs both for research papers and for personal learning.

Better yet, she likes that it’s not a completely different experience from Student Resources in Context. Instead, it’s comfortable and familiar, which is important to students like Shannon.

These are just two examples of Shannon’s problems and possible solutions at Gale U. We’re confident there’s a Shannon at your institution that you can help with similar resources. Learn more about Shannon and come back next time.


photoAbout the Author

Robert is a left-handed person living in a right-handed world. He is showing English majors that it is possible to get a job in the “real world” with an English degree. He likes giant carrots.




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