Meet the Team: Aaron

Name: Aaron

Major: Political Science

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The people here are friendly and amicable. I enjoy getting opportunities to work with professionals and others. There are lots of chances to find the people that you feel comfortable with.

What are your goals for the semester?  I want to finish with all A’s at the end of the semester. I want to get involved with more student run events on campus. I also want to be able to meet new people.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I were to have a TV show based on my life, it would probably called ShResting because I like to relax just chill out most of the time. I try to live a worry free life while I have the chance, so I enjoy traveling to different places in the country. I also like meeting new people and making new friends. I also sleep a lot as well.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a part of the University’s Student Government Association. I am also taking part of the intramural basketball league so that I am able to compete with other people. I also enjoy relaxing and playing video games as well.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I have learned more about how to be understanding when people do not know what they are doing. I have also learned to be patient and kind to other people. I feel like I have also learned to communicate with new people.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan on backpacking through Europe and hopefully the rest of the world if I get the opportunity. I enjoy meeting new people and experiencing different cultures so I feel like being able to be around a completely new setting would be really interesting. I am also planning on starting a non-for profit organization in order to help those in need around the country. I feel like the world is best experienced when everyone can be happy. Finally I plan on attending law school so that I can use my knowledge of the law in order to help people.

Board Game Day: Wednesday February 28

On Wednesday, February 28, Brookens Library will be hosting Board Game Day in the Library Lower Level at 4:00 pm. 

Come try out a game from our new board game collection and enjoy free snacks. Have a game you want to share with new friends? Bring it! Don’t know anything about board games? No problem!  We’ll have people around to show you the ropes. Plus, our games are available for check out – so if you want to continue the fun, you can take one home after the event.

See you Wednesday! 

Meet the Team: Rithwik

Name: Rithwik

Major: Business Administration

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? Easy access to various resources with regards to education, health and fun! The fact that I will get a U of I degree at the end of my education. Being a part of a school that has a very diverse set of Students and Staff that are always looking to help us grow and become successful in every aspect of life

What are your goals for the semester?  My Goal this semester is to get an A in every class that I am and to make it in the deans list. Another goal is that I would like to give back or contribute something good to this school, to show my appreciation and to acknowledge how lucky I am to study here.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  Fresh of the Boat. I had literally left my home country India, to come and build a successful and happy life in America. And so far everything has been smooth sailing here, I made amazing friends and I’ve met several people who only wish whats best for you!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I’m the recruitment chair of Kick-Back Club, which is a social organization in this school that promotes giving back to the community and the school. I am a huge sports fanatic, I can literally talk about any popular sport in the world but my favorites are basketball specifically the NBA and also Soccer. I like to play these sports and also watch a lot of TV shows and Movies. But my most favorite thing to do is to work at the Brookens Library, because at the end of the day Love to work and always develop and build on my professional and organizational skills . Working here also gives me a chance to meet new people and that is something I love to do, as I am a very social person.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned to be more organized and also to manage time and be punctual.

What are your post-graduation plans?  I still haven’t figured that out clearly but I would like to get my masters and start working in the field of Compliance or Human Resources for tech companies such as Google or Amazon. Sometimes I think about going to law school and pursuing a career in corporate law.

Presentation on the Vollintine Estate

Please Join Us

Tuesday, February 20 at 2:00 pm in the UIS Student Union – 226B

Brookens Library is hosting a special program that will feature University Archivist Tom Wood, who will highlight a recent collection received by the Archives that contains photos from the Vollintine Mansion in Taylorville. Known as “Grayton”, the 20-acre estate was built in 1911 by the heirs of Horatio Vandeveer, and was famous for its architecture and luxurious appointments.

One Book One UIS: Weapons of Math Destruction


The “One Book, One UIS” community read program will host author and former Wall Street quantitative analyst Cathy O’Neil to discuss her most recent book “Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy.”  This event is part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and is free and open to the public. The event will take place in the Student Union Ballroom on Tuesday, March 27 at 7:00 pm. A book signing & reception will follow the event.

Meet the Team: Karen

Name: Karen

Major: Undecided– Considering Psychology and Communications

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? The thing I enjoy most about being at UIS is the independence it allows for me. Back home I was relatively independent but I never really let myself grow into my own person. Here however, I feel that daily I am challenged which allows me to get to know myself better and in ways which I have never seen myself before. Thanks to college, I feel I am better adapting and blossoming into my own person, but I know I have long ways to go still.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals this semester essentially all cater to becoming the best possible version of myself. That sounds a bit cheesy, however, I want to adapt a mindset, work ethic, routine, etc that works for me and that will keep me on a track to whatever path I want to take– whether it’s with school, people, work or anything else. Academically and socially, of course like anyone I want to do good– but my main goal this semester is to listen to at least one full album before going to bed each night as a way to keep a peaceful mind. So far its looking, or rather sounding good 🙂

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 [current] life, it’d be called “Alarms for Everything” — it’s kinda a dumb name but it’s because one time last semester I closed my eyes thinking it would be brief but instead ended up waking up 4ish hours later having missed my class. So now I set alarms up for anything and everything, including 10-15 minute naps.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Unfortunately, I have not made much effort to get involved on campus, however I’d like to do something with Chess or Frisbee if and when I do. Since I have been trying to work on myself, I do a lot of activities on my own. I really enjoy star gazing, I can name and pin point out most northern constellations and it’s just always cool to look up and marvel at infinite mysteries. But I also LOVE listening to albums and podcasts alongside painting and watching movies since I am a huge movie junkie. However, I simply enjoy time on my own and I find peace in it.

What have you learned since working at the library?  I work with a lot of detail-oriented tasks and since I tend to make mistakes often, I feel I have learned to better understand and come to peace with knowing messing up comes with everything one does, and that it’s just a matter of picking yourself back up and continuing to try again and push through. That also helped with learning about the value of asking questions when I am unsure of what to do, or if I need a refresher on something. I am also always tested on ways that could help improve efficiency which I’m grateful for.

What are your post-graduation plans?  This question really relies on what my major will end up being, which I am not 100% sure on–so I’d have to say I have the slightest idea. Peace Corps has always seemed like an enticing option though, so I’d consider that. Grad school may be an option as well however it won’t be straight out of undergrad–not unless necessary at least. I’m not sure though–lately I have just been taking things day by day, trying to get what’s most pressing done first, and continue to figure it out from there.

Library Undergraduate Research Award

The Library Undergraduate Research Award was created by Brookens Library to recognize and reward UIS undergraduate students whose academic work incorporates the use of Brookens Library’s collections and services and demonstrates exceptional information literacy skills. In addition to recognition at UIS, the award includes a monetary prize of $250 for first place,$100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

How to Apply

Application for the Brookens Library Undergraduate Research Award is a Two-step Process:

Step 1) Fill out the online application form here:

Step 2) One of the Brookens Librarians will contact you to arrange for you to electronically submit your materials using

Respectfully, we request that you do not send in your project materials until instructed to do so.

Deadline to Apply is March 1, 2018.

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