Meet the Team: Justin

Name: Justin

Major: Information Systems Security

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the personal connection you make with your professors. They know you by name, where at other schools you usually are just a number. This is also noticeable with online classes as well. The professor is able to give much more attention to their students despite not having a physical presence

What are your goals for the semester? One of my goals for this semester is to not procrastinate on my homework. Waiting until the last minute on homework just causes stress and I’d like to avoid that. I’d also like to learn the programming language known as Python. I’ve heard that it can be very beneficial to learn it when looking for careers.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a TV show was made about my life it would be called “How Much Star Wars is Too Much?” I love Star Wars, so I spend a lot of my time reading books, watching movies/TV shows, and playing games about Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back is the Best!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I’m part of the Computer Science Club here on campus where I have participated in several cybersecurity competitions known as the NCL with our team. We’ve even placed 6th nationally. I am also involved in an organization on campus called Young Americans for Liberty, a political activism organization that fights for free speech and constitutionalism.

What have you learned since working at the library? One thing that I have learned while working at the library is to never be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for help, most often you can accomplish whatever it is much quicker. Finding a book in the library can be confusing and could potentially take a very long time, so just asking for our help is much quicker.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to go strait into the workforce. Ideally I’d like to work at a local business in their tech department for a while but then I’d like to work for the FBI. Also, I plan to try and get several certifications in my field.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing in the Library of Things Collection is the board games. Can’t go wrong with fun and games with friends!

Meet the Team: Samantha

Name: Samantha

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Status: Senior

 

 

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? As a student, I love that UIS have mostly small classes. The student to instructor ratio isn’t overwhelming which allows for more of a connection with the instructor and a better learning experience in my opinion. Being a transfer student, I definitely like the vibe of UIS much better overall.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goal for this semester is to keep my head in the game. It’s the last year of school for me and I know how easy it is to fall into the senioritis trap! But I just need to remember that if I want to play hard, I have to work hard too.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show of my life would be called “Fast & Furious”. Odd I know but it’s because life passes by fast and that makes me furious!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I dedicate most my free time to the music program here at UIS. I play violin in the UIS Orchestra and sometimes perform around campus for official events as well. I recently started to become more involved in the International Student Services because that is a huge passion of mine. I want to make sure that we as a University welcome others with open arms!

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned that a little goes a long way. I am only a small part of the big complex system that is the Library. In order for everything to run smoothly, it’s important to pay attention to even the smallest tasks.

What are your post-graduation plans? (at least 3 sentences): Oof this question is a hard one! As of right now, I’m postponing graduate school since I would like to gain some experience in the work industry first. I’m interested in becoming an academic advisor or program coordinator for higher education.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things collection has to be the board games! I would love to have that big of a collection of board games when I have a home of my own. Life isn’t a game but maybe just for a few hours I don’t have to worry about bills but think about how I’m going to kick butt in chutes & ladders!

Meet the Team: Joshua

Name: Joshua

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  My favorite thing about UIS is having my own apartment on campus with a nice big room, at least when compared to my old room. No longer do I have to commit hours of my life cleaning up after all my brothers and sisters, nor do I get dragged around on errands for my parents. Finally, I love the fact that the on-campus food is actually pretty good. I remember back in high school I was nervous about college but I was hyped for actually being able to have a good meal. 

What are your goals for the semester? Well getting good grades is always goal number one. My second goal would be more active in a club. My final goal is to get some scholarships, college is expensive and anything extra will really help.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  The Avid Gamers Quest for Bacon and Asian food. Well, I do consider myself a gamer and love to search for all sorts of new and exciting games. I also love to try all sorts of new foods but I most commonly seek out Asian cuisine. As for bacon, well I don’t think that needs an explanation.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? As mentioned before I’m an avid gamer. I mostly play video games, but I do get the occasional board or card game in every now and then. I’m a member of the computer science club and I have also joined the robotics club.

What have you learned since working at the library? The library has taught me a few things, the first of which is that they actually lend out things besides books. A few examples are blenders, chargers, DVDs, board games, etc. I also learned that they have an area of the library dedicated to super old books, posters, tape recordings, etc. Finally and maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is that the library will shock you. Seriously watch out and don’t touch anything metal!

What are your post-graduation plans?  On graduation, I hope to do one of two things; either continue my education and get a masters degree, this is only an option if I get some serious scholarships, or to land a decent paying job in my field and quickly pay off any debt I might have. The school has good connections with companies such as State Farm and I would be more than happy to be hired by them. Also a dog, honestly that’s probably number one, I need me a dog.

How-To-Tuesday: MY-ILL

My-ILL

In this week’s installment, Megan is in search of the book Mr. Show What Happened?!? The Complete Story and Episode Guide. Brookens doesn’t have it! I-Share doesn’t have it! Should she give up? No way. Not when there’s INTERLIBRARY LOAN (MY-ILL)!!!!!

 

Meet the Team: Ram

Name: Ram

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The small school allows me to create amazing friendships and lasting relationships. The University is also very helpful and understandable with my goals and offering me enough opportunities to achieve these goals.

What are your goals for the semester? I plan to graduate with my degree and apply into a radiology technician program. I also plan to get a job with my Biology degree.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a reality tv show of my life were to exist I would assume it would be called “The Adventures of Ram Ankola”. I assume it would be called this because it is a good title to show viewers of all the traveling and daily adventures I do and plan to do.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My hobbies include traveling and adventuring many different areas of the country. I also enjoy keeping up with pop culture.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned about many of the interesting programs the library offers from I-Share to ILL books. I have also learned how to perform intelligible research using databases and differentiating between good sources and bad sources.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I am planning to get a job using my degree. I also plan to apply into a good radiology technician program to obtain my certification.

How-To-Tuesday: Research Guides

Research Guides

In this week’s installment of How-To Tuesday, Taylor struggles with negative feedback she received
from her professor regarding the sources she used for her research paper. What can she do? Where
should she start? Surely the library has something that can help her with this problem. It does! They’re
called Research Guides. Watch the video now to learn more, and don’t call me Shirley*.
*joke from the 1980 Leslie Nielson vehicle Airplane!