Meet the Team: Stephanie

student employee, Stephanie

Name: Stephanie

Hometown: Milton Keynes, England

Major: English

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   My favourite thing about being a student at UIS is how small the campus is. I love being minutes away from my friends and seeing familiar faces around campus; I think it creates a warm sense of community. The small nature of the campus also means that I am getting to know the professors, especially those within my major, really well which makes me feel more comfortable when I need to ask questions or ask for advice. As well as this, it really suits me to have my house, the library, the gym, and my classes in an easy walking distance. It’s great for the planet to not have to drive everywhere and it makes me more productive.

What are your goals for the semester? My main goal for this semester is to really work on being efficient in the readings I have for class. I have planned to set aside good amounts of time each day to read and make notes thoroughly to help me as essay deadlines and exams approach. My other goal, is to stop procrastinating my essays so I can have some more time to review and get help if I need. My last goal for this semester is to set more time aside to do the things I enjoy outside of studying like reading for pleasure, drawing, and exploring some of Illinois that I haven’t seen yet!

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? I think a reality TV show of my life would be called “Unexpected”. I’ve decided on this name because life, so far, has taken me on a journey I never expected or anticipated. I always knew I wanted to write but I never would have guessed I would be studying thousands of miles away from home. I like to think I’m pretty spontaneous and my show would reflect the random, weird, and exciting adventures I go on with my family and friends.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I try to get involved in the volunteering programs the campus offers whenever I’m available, because I enjoy going into the community to hep. As well as this, I want to get involved in some of the campus recreation hiking trips this semester to help me reach my goal of seeing more of Illinois. My main hobbies are drawing, reading, hiking and going to the gym.

What have you learned since working at the library? Since working at the library I have learnt how complex the workings of a library really are. I never knew how many different roles, jobs and functions were required to make a library successful and to make it an enjoyable place to work and study. I’ve also learnt the value of teamwork in a work setting (opposed to a sports team environment) and how all our roles are intertwined and what we do effects everyone else in the team. I’ve also learnt that the library has so many resources available for students, like research help and late opening times approaching finals week, which I encourage my friends to take advantage of, as well as using them myself.

What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate I hope to continue my studies further by either going to graduate school or entering into a graduate program where I can start to get some work experience whilst earning my degree. There is a lot I want to study at a higher level as I’m interested in refining my knowledge of literature further, but I also want to progress my skills in writing, whether that be film script writing, writing for children’s books etc. I want to write a series of children’s books somewhere down the line and I’m excited to start that journey too.

What is your favorite item from the library collection? Definitely the DVD players we can rent. I am a huge film fan and sometimes the selection Netflix and other websites have to offer just isn’t enough and I personally enjoy having that tool so I can watch the DVDs I rent at the library or bring with me from home.

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