Pierce students use poetry whiteboard to express themselves

The Pierce College Library officials are connecting with students on campus by allowing them to share their thoughts and opinions relating to the topic written on a large white board located by the main entrance.

The college’s student body is celebrating National Poetry Month by involving students to participate in the topic written on the whiteboard as a reminder of the importance of poetry as it allows students can get their work seen.

A Pierce student, Brian Brown noticed the whiteboard at the entrance of the library asking, “Why do students like poetry?” and “Chose to participate by writing a freestyle poem”.

Brown thought it was a great activity that the library officials are giving students the opportunity to express themselves and their point of views to others.

He is also looking forward to seeing the whiteboard on his next visit to the library and hopes they continue this new trend.

“It helps people to speak their mind even if it’s creative or not and thats cool,” said Brown.

Librarian Clayton Gediman is sharing his former colleague’s experience from Cal State Fullerton in which he heard great reviews about their student interaction and wanted to try it out at Pierce.

He hopes to keep seeing students involve themselves on campus and will continue adding new questions on the board until it is requested to be removed due to its current arrangement in the library.

Gediman talked about the differences in the whiteboards used at Cal State Fullerton and mentioned they used a smaller board than the Pierce library but hopes to continue to give students the opportunity to express themselves while sharing with the public.

Excited about the turn-around Gediman shared how he has only had the white board out for the last two weeks and is getting both sides filled quickly and is enthusiastic about the answers left by students.

“It ties the campus in different ways and people seem to enjoy it,” said Gediman. “It gets students to interact and express themselves in a different way.”