Meet the Team: Josh

photo of student employee Josh

Name: Josh

Major: Computer Science

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   I feel that one of the greatest attributes that UIS has is the culture that is present on campus. Everyone, more or less, is very down to earth, and there are so many individuals who want to see and help you succeed. With this, generally speaking, I’d say that UIS has a very heartwarming atmosphere. One which makes it both a great facility through which to explore the world of academia and a great place to call home.

What are your goals for the semester? The academic semester tends to be a very fast paced and often intensive period of time. As a result of this intensity, we develop and grow not only as academics but also as people. Though we are all undoubtedly here for such a purpose, I believe it’s important to assess this development as it progresses. It’s too easy to get too caught up in our current activities and daily lives, consistently growing as people but never asking, introspectively, who it is that we are growing to be. As such, my goal for this semester is to try to answer that question for myself. I want to assess who it is that I’ve become, to determine how it is that I differ from who I want to be, and to hopefully find direction in becoming that prototypical version of myself.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there were a reality TV show of my life I’m sure it would be called something along the lines of “WHY?!”. The reasoning for this is two-fold. Firstly, I’m confident that every couple minutes of each episode would leave the audience asking themselves, “Why?! Why would he do that?”, likely with no answer ever given to such an inquiry. Secondly, in its totality I think the show would make many question “Why?! Why does this show even exist?”. The true artistic principle of the show would come to fruition once both questions have been asked, as they are both analogous to how I question my own choices and existence as a whole.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am not involved in any extracurricular organizations on campus. That said, I still enjoy passing the time playing chess, making fresh pizza in my living quarters, and pondering the meaning of life and our existential role in this vast and seemingly incomprehensible universe. Needless to say, despite my lack of activity in school sponsored organizations, I still do manage to stay busy.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since working at the library, I’ve learned just how useful and great of a resource the library is for students! So much time and hard work is spent to offer as many resources and opportunities for success as possible, it’s incredible. The library can genuinely be a student’s one-stop-shop for many of their necessities. Whether they’re looking for academic support, access to information, or a means to borrow and use high quality pieces of technology.

What are your post-graduation plans? Currently, I have little defined plans for my post-graduate life. A part of me would certainly be interested in attending graduate school, should the logistics be willing, but another part of me is undoubtedly curious to explore life untethered from any scholastic institution. Either way, I’m confident that I will likely return to my home state of Michigan post graduation, at least for a time as I reflect on my time here and decide where the wind shall carry me next.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite item(s) from the library of things collection would have to be the cameras that are made accessible to students. If a student has the need for quality recording/photography equipment for particular projects, or even the desire to explore photography and video making in their free time, then they can do so at no cost to themselves through the library of things.

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