Meet the Team: Sophia

Name: Sophia

Major: Legal Studies

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is how fast I was able to make friends through the Necessary Steps Mentoring program. This program helped me grow in many ways and helped me get closer with my friends who I now see more like family.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to stay on track of my classes and keep my classes and activities balanced. I remember how difficult it was for me to start working at the library, volunteering/interning with the IIP and attend classes/do my homework. I learned to balance my time between all three and even though I am always busy, I enjoy my hectic schedule.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show would be called “Keeping Up With Sophie.” The cameras would follow me throughout my day and see the different types of work I do. Each day would be a different adventure even if it just involves finding/eating at new places.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I am involved with the Necessary Steps Mentoring program which is a program that helps first generation college students with their transition from high school to college. I am going to be a mentor to a freshman this year for the NSMP and I am very excited! I am also involved with the Illinois Innocence Project “Illinois Innocence Project is dedicated to releasing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit.” -IIP

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned to ask a lot of questions since working at the library. Every task here is different and can involve many steps. Being a new employee at the library, I was very shy to ask questions but I needed to do so in order to get my job done in a timely manner. There were times when I thought I had the hang of things, but ended up needing to ask a co-worker who had worked here longer for help.

What are your post-graduation plans?  My post-graduation plan is to go to law school. I would like to become a criminal defense lawyer, so I need to do my three years of law school after graduating from UIS.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things are the kitchen items! They have blenders, baking materials a waffle maker and much more. I enjoy baking/cooking so the kitchen items in the library can come in handy.

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