Reading is about connecting. It can connect people to other places, thoughts, ideas, emotions and concepts. Reading can connect people through common experience and discussion. As a graduate student in EIU’s English department, Rachel Eversole-Jones took a lifelong love of reading and its connective ability and turned it into research on the symbiotic relationship of reading and writing in collegiate studies. Now she’s passing along her knowledge to current undergraduates and helping them make greater connections to learning.