Meet the Team: Freddy

student of the week, Freddy.

Name: Freddy

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Major: Computer Science

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favorite thing about UIS is the amount of support the school provides for its students in doing their best to help everyone move forward. More specifically financial advisors and teachers especially trying to do their best for us. Unlike other universities, my friends inform me that they are nothing but a number to every teacher and advisor or faculty by far. I appreciate how personal I can get with anyone here because it’s the smaller campus vibe. People need to stop caring about others opinions on a small campus and just work to improve themselves.

What are your goals for the semester? My goal for this semester is to get another set of straight A’s even though I’m taking an extra class, I have a chair position in my fraternity, and I’m working more at the library now. I’ve taken on a healthy amount of food on my plate to say and my goal is still to be on top by the end and keep my motivation going till the end of this season of depression.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I had a reality TV show it would be called, “The Great Unknown”. I call it this because it would honestly just be continuous episodes of lessons about reality and life. More specifically things that nobody teaches you when growing up. It would just be about all the lessons I learned from people or my own actions. I want it to show all the little things in life that no one bothers to tell you when growing up and people can maybe resonate with my decisions and how I proceed with my life. We all don’t know where we are going with life but that’s ok, I’m heading into the great unknown and just like every individual we have to find our own destiny and path for our lives.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am the Brotherhood chair of my fraternity on campus Delta Kappa Epsilon – Kappa Beta and I organize brotherhood bonding events for me and my brothers to get together and have a little fun and relaxation. I loved taking part in UIS dodgeball till it fell under the radar but hopefully, we can bring it back. I take interest in many pop-cultural fandoms such as Marvel Comics, Anime, Video games, and just all the nerdiest things you can think of, Empire Strikes Back is still the best Star Wars movie sorry, not sorry. Also, the electric guitar is one of my hobbies I have under my belt. If you know me, you will quickly realize I have a very different taste in music compared to a lot of people.

What have you learned since working at the library? What I have learned since working at the library is how understanding and supportive upper management is. What I mean by this is you don’t need to have anxiety calling off work if you have a fever or a family emergency. The staff is on your side trying to make everyday life easier at work and being that open-minded to the lives of college students. I learned how to be more at ease when it comes to communicating something serious to my higher-ups and trusting they will understand me.

What are your post-graduation plans? My post-graduate plans involve me getting an amazing job and a place to live right after getting my degree. While that is the ideal goal, realistically what I’m hoping for is to receive opportunities here through internships and other programs that can get me some experience so hopefully, after I graduate I can have the potential to be in the same level as someone who has worked years compared to me. I need all the edge I can get to be successful in the real world.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite thing in the library of things collection would have to be all the options of technology. From cameras, to ice cream maker, Brookens has an amazing collection of all your technical needs in home, and in the kitchen. Don’t ignore all the benefits your school offers you.

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