Meet the Team: Ed

Meet Ed!

Name: Ed

Major: Computer Science

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   The Shakespeare Garden is an awesome place to come to whenever you’re feeling bummed out on college life. Sometimes, you just need some alone time without the possibility of running into someone you know. It’s my go-to sanctuary when I need to recharge my batteries. Also, I feel like not enough people get how sweet the TRAC is. It’s no more than a 2 minute walk from the union, and if anyone has set a new year’s resolution to get in shape, there’s no better place to go.

What are your goals for the semester? My first semester actually went much better than I expected, so I’m hoping to replicate that as well as I can during the spring. However, I’d also like to get more involved in more things around campus and get better at some of my hobbies. Since I know a little bit more about how being a college student works, I don’t have to worry about finding places to study (hint: go to Brookens!) and other things like that.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? Do you remember The Truman Show? Y’know, that movie where Jim Carrey’s day-to-day life is filmed and broadcast all over the world with like, a thousand cameras? Well, The Goyao Show would probably get cancelled after people get tired of watching some guy eat pizza and play video games. But I’d sure watch it!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m a pretty introverted person, so I usually stick to myself, and my hobbies reflect that. I like to run, draw, juggle, play video games, and I just learned how to longboard over winter break. However, all these things are a lot more fun with other people, so I try to always do these things away from the closed-off world of my dorm room. You may have seen me juggling around campus; it’s a super rewarding way to unwind and being able to show-off a useless talent to friends is always great. I do most of this stuff while listening to music: Green Day, Weezer, Nirvana, blink-182, MCR, and Paramore are some of my favorite bands that power me through the day.

What have you learned since working at the library? I actually never had a real job before getting hired at Brookens, so I’d have to say working efficiently with others. Everything we do at the library is to help patrons better utilize it, and the library has a great staff of student workers who are really fun to work with. It’s also really neat being able to see what goes on behind-the-scenes of the library, even if it mostly comprises of shelving books and running the front desk.

What are your post-graduation plans? As a first-year student, I honestly haven’t given this much thought. Right now, I’m just hoping to graduate on-time and being able to land some sort of internship or other job opportunity. I’d love to eventually live in a big city like Boston or Seattle, but I’m still figuring out what I want to do with my degree. I’ve been looking into web design, though; I think that it’s good to set some sort of goal to strive towards, even if you’re not 100% certain of what it entails.

What is your favorite item from the library of things collection?Definitely the drawing tablet. While I have my own, it’s great that anyone who’s even slightly interested in getting into digital art can start without having to shell out a ton of money for one. The GoPro is cool too, but I don’t have much use for it myself.

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