Meet the Team: Carissa

Name: Carissa

Major: Criminal Justice

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? I enjoy the freedom and the independent life style that I am able to have. Back home I growing up I didn’t have much freedom like my brothers, it was because I was a girl at the time and Chicago isn’t always good for young ladies. But the independent life style it helped me to become more independent and see situation thoroughly by myself without trying to call family for help.

What are your goals for the semester? Continue to stay focused and motivated by watching my motivational videos every morning if possible.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? It would be “The Sweet Life of Soulful Jewel”. Soulful Jewel is my skating name that I got over the summer. I name it The Sweet Life because you will find that my Life growing up was not really Sweet at all. I mean of course it has its moments. I name it my skating name because its a part of me in a different world (skate world). You would just have to watch the show how both words come together.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  Yes! I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. it is a huge aspect of my life. It is something I plan to continue when I leave college. I am learning to play drums so on my free time I got to VPA and get some practicing in.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned how the library system work. It is fairly easy and quick to learn. If I make a simple mistake my superiors correct me and now I know a way how to go about the problem differently.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to apply to Chicago Police Department before this time hopefully I will have my Security Certification and my certification to Conceal and Carry along with other Certifications afterwards. I also plan on applying to some Security Officers Agencies.

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