Brookens Library would not be able to function without our student employees. They process books, DVDs, and other materials, they help keep collections organized, they offer services at the library main desk and throughout the building, update our website, take part in decision making, and strategic planning. They add a student voice that helps us fine-tune our services so we can better serve the campus community, and simply put they help us keep the library’s doors open. It’s so fitting for us that National Student Employee Appreciation Week also falls on National Library Week.
We’d like to take this moment to express some gratitude toward each one of our student employees. If you’re in the library this week and see one of these extraordinary students , please take a moment to thank them for their hard work and for everything that they do for us, for you, and for UIS.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? I like the small campus. I like that everything is generally in one spot. It makes everything feel more together, plus I don’t have to walk that far.
What are your goals for the semester? My goal is to definitely finish the semester. But it’s also to get a C or above in all of my classes. Another goal is to work on my time management skills, that will help me the future.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “Adulthood and Afraid”. That seems to capture what my life is right now. I don’t know what I’m doing as I transfer into an adult but I’m trying.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m not in any clubs at the moment, but I do like to read. I guess another one of my hobbies is painting, that’s pretty fun. And I also like to cook.
What have you learned since working at the library? I learned how to work in a team better. I also learned working at lower level is a good chance to do homework. And I learned that the library has books that can help you with just about anything.
What are your post-graduation plans? I’m not really sure what I want to do. I know I want to get a job and support my self but I still don’t know how. It’s a mystery.
What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library of things collection is the cupcake pan.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is being on a small campus. Since I first transferred here, I have gotten to know a lot of people here on campus. A smaller campus size allows you to get to know people and make friends more easily.
What are your goals for the semester? For the semester, my goals are to land a summer job or internship and get better grades than last semester. First of all, I want to keep myself occupied during the summer and gain actual on-the-job experience. Secondly, I feel I did not perform my best last semester academically, and want this one to be an improvement.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The show would be called Imperfectly Perfect, because my friends and I like to laugh about the imperfections in our lives. It would document my day-to-day experiences at UIS and give a sneak peek at my interactions with everybody here on campus. It would also give a look at the imperfect situations I get myself into.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Aside from that, my hobbies are watching TV and movies, listening to music, and riding my bike when the weather is nice.
What have you learned since working at the library? Since I started working at Brookens Library, I have not only learned to be punctual but also ask for help whenever I need it. I have progressively gotten into the habit of arriving at least five minutes before my shift starts. Additionally, in some past situations, I have been too shy to ask for help. This job has improved my self-advocacy skills.
What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate, I plan to return to the Chicago area and get a job in software engineering or something similar. When I find myself able to move out of the house, I will get a job in the Western U.S. and possibly work my way up to a higher position.
What is your favorite item from the library collection? My favorite things to check out from the library are DVDs.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is the class size. It is very nice to get to know your professors on a personal level. I find it very helpful being able to receive one-on-one help with projects if needed.
What are your goals for the semester? This semester my goals are to perform to the best of my ability on the track. Also, I am planning on receiving my highest GPA yet. My last goal is to actively become the person I want to be and not just think about it.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If there was a reality show of my life, it would be filled with lots of hours on the roads or at TRAC! The show would feature loads of silly conversations being had with my teammates. However, it would also showcase hanging out with my friends and a fair amount of making sure books are in the correct order at the library.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Yes! My biggest commitment on campus is cross country and track. Running helps me excel in class as well as make many new friends. Another hobby that I love to do is collect coins.
What have you learned since working at the library? Since starting at the library, I have learned how to work better with others. The library has taught me to appreciate the amount of knowledge that resides at UIS. Working at the library has also taught me how to read call numbers!
What are your post-graduation plans? As of now, I am thinking about staying a 5th year and starting grad school. This would also allow me to use my redshirt year for track. However, things can change in a short amount of time so nothing is set in stone.
What is your favorite item from the library of things collection? My favorite thing from the library of things are the cameras.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about coming to UIS is the small community the school offers. It’s cool to get to know most people on the campus by name and have great relationships. Also getting to have one-on-one interaction is something this small environment offers.
What are your goals for the semester? One of my goals for this semester is to not to procrastinate as much as I do. I’m the type of person that pushes everything to the side and decides last minute to start the assignment. Another goal would be to do better this semester academically. My grades weren’t as good as I wanted them to be. So I want to give myself more time to study and actually get things done.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I had a TV show I would probably call it Diana’s Diary. The TV show would be based on following me around and seeing what I do on a day-to-day basis since I’m a mess, but also get to see what goes through my head at all times. The audience will literally become my best friends.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I spend a lot of time in the library, but when I’m not there I like to do one of my favorite hobbies which is to take naps. Sometimes you just need some beauty sleep. I also like to hang out with friends and just do face masks or do our makeup. Let’s not forget that I like to watch Netflix. I would totally recommend Criminal Minds, Dexter, and the Haunting of Hill House.
What have you learned since working at the library? A major thing that I learned at the library is to enhance my communications skills. We get to do one-on-one interactions with the patrons which helps with feeling more comfortable talking to people. Also getting to work as a team has played a role in communicating since we have to work together to get the job done.
What are your post-graduation plans? My post-graduation plans are to go to law school. Hopefully, I can get myself into Loyola or Depaul and pass the Bar Exam in order to become a lawyer. However, I’m still young and things could change.
What is your favorite item from the library of things collection? I think one of my favorite things from the library of things is the variety of board games they have. Some of them I haven’t even heard of, but I’m excited to try them out.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is its proximity to the Capital and its focus on public relations. As a political science major I value the opportunities that I have living in Springfield. Also, I believe that UIS is very active in both the campus and Springfield communities because of its focus on engaging with people and their needs. I appreciate that about the school.
What are your goals for the semester? My goal this semester is to actually make a difference on campus through some of my involvements, while not becoming overwhelmed. I currently serve in a few different on campus leadership roles and I hope to really help-out the student body. Of course, I also want to maintain good academic standing while not becoming too stressed out.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If my life was a reality TV show it would be called The Three Day Challenge. It would be called this because I am currently taking 7 on-campus classes that I fit into a three-day schedule. Viewers would follow the adventures of a student wondering if he just went to the wrong building at the wrong time. Or perhaps an episode will feature the student when he forgot about that 4 PM Thursday class that meets once every third week. Riveting.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved in a few different clubs and activities. I am the Internal Vice President for the Student Government Association I am also the President of the UIS College Republicans. Besides those roles, I am also a member of the Student Advocacy Coalition, CAP Mentor Program, and Campus Senate.
What have you learned since working at the library? While I work for the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center in the Library I have learned quite a bit. It has been interesting to learn about the world of nonprofit organizations, their funding opportunities, and what motivates them. I have also learned about digital marketing and the various U of I computer systems like webtools. I’ve really enjoyed my time working here in this office environment where I’m always doing something different every day.
What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to work in legislation after graduating from my bachelors program. After that, I hope to go to Graduate school and pursue a degree in Communications. Once completing all of my schooling I hope to work in political public relations.
What is your favorite item from the library of things collection? I find the board game options to be pretty sweet. I mean you can literally bring home a different game every week. With over 25 different options you could never be bored.
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student here at UIS is the closeness of the faculty and staff to the students. Because it is a smaller campus, you can build relationships with your professors and advisors easily, and they want to see all of their students succeed. This is not something that everyone in college experiences, and so I am thankful to have professors that care!
What are your goals for the semester? This semester, one of my goals is to read more books. Growing up I was an avid reader, but when I started college I found it harder to find time to read leisurely in my schedule. I also am hoping to be accepted into the Disney College Program for next semester. I have been spending a lot of time working toward that goal, and doing anything I can to make it a reality!
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? Oh goodness! If I had a reality show, it wouldn’t last very long because my life has more or less the same routine every day. My week consists of me working, going to class, doing chores, and Netflix when I get a free moment. So my show would be called “Busy and Boring” most likely.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved with Christian Student Fellowship here at UIS, and serve as member on the CSF Welcome Team! As for hobbies, I am currently on a kick of playing card and board games all the time with my little brother. I also have a hobby of writing about different things that come to my mind sporadically. Most recent post I am working on is about the names that my fellow Southerners and I have for items compared to other regions of the US.
What have you learned since working at the library? Since I have been working at the library, I have learned how to be organized on a whole new level. I value the importance of maintaining a system to keep everything easier when you have to look for something!
What are your post-graduation plans? After I graduate, I plan to teach for a few years before I start my Master’s degree in order to gain experience in the classroom. I can see myself moving back to Kentucky, or another state down south to start my career. I also see a dog most definitely post-graduation as a present to myself!
What is your favorite item from the library of things collection?Board games are currently my favorite Library of Things item right now! There are so many options, which make for a fun time with friends. I hope they expand the collection of games!
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? As a UIS student, I enjoy the small community feeling which allows for a smaller class size where I can have that one-on-one communication with my professors as well as my classmates. There are many opportunities that give students a chance to succeed whether it be internships, jobs, community service, and learning programs. UIS enables students to gain leadership experiences given the amount of activities for one to step out of their comfort zone.
What are your goals for the semester? My goals for the semester include improving my work ethic because last semester I didn’t do as well as I would’ve liked when it came to dedicating my time efficiently and hope to excel this semester. In addition, I want to spend more time diving into stippling art during my leisure time because I don’t want this hobby to take the back burner over the school year. In terms of class setting, I strive to be more of an active participant by voluntarily raising my hands to express my observations and opinions.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show would be called, “Abriana and Her Antics” because I tend to do weird dances throughout the day. If I’m reading an enthralling fantasy book, I can’t help but react to the story line at times. At times, I blurt out the most random things and I also love impersonating Jim Carrey because he’s such a funny guy.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Reading is a big hobby of mine that I do about every single day. Reading a book is similar to stepping into a world full of dreams by allowing me to live in a thousand different realms, expand my imagination, and live a thousand different adventures. My favorite genres are fantasy, fiction, and thriller. If the weather permits, I like to go mountain biking with my dad at nearby trails because it’s a tradition that’s been established at a young age.
What have you learned since working at the library? Working at the library has given me the chance to strengthen my communication skills. Whenever I am unsure about a task, I can go straight to one of the staff/faculty members with ease because they are more than willing to give a helping hand. My attention to detail has increased immensely since I started working here due to the responsibilities that I have to take on which will help me later in life.
What are your post-graduation plans? I plan on going to graduate school to get my master’s in Sociology/Anthropology. By then, I will be secure in what career path I want to take. Right now I am just focusing on my interests and values that will lead me to finding the right answer for my potential career.
What is your favorite item from the library of things collection?My favorite thing from the library of things is their technology section which encompasses a variety of equipment that will help students whenever they are in need.
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.