Learning Not to Highlight, and Other Orientation Highlights

By Katherine Duke '05

Hello, my name is Katherine, and I am a recovering habitual highlighter. Nine years ago, when I started my first year at Amherst, I got into the habit of studying with a hot pink or neon green or fluorescent orange marker in my hand, so that I could drag it across any lines of text that struck me as particularly important. It made me feel accomplished and scholarly—I could look back through the pages and see that I had really studied. It took me several semesters and many defaced books to realize that merely changing the color of what I’d read didn’t help me very much when I went back to re-read it later, and it was especially unhelpful when I found that I’d designated three quarters of every page as “particularly important.”

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Novelist Judith Frank To Read at Amherst College Feb. 25

February 7, 2002 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass -- Judith Frank, author and associate professor of English at Amherst College, will read from her novel, Crybaby Butch, at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 25, 2002, in Converse Hall at Amherst College. The event, sponsored by the Amherst College Amherst Creative Writing Center, is free and open to the public.

Amherst College Writing Dean Susan Snively Publishes in Poetry Daily

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