Meet the Team: Sarat

Name: Sarat
Major: Communication
Status: Sophomore
What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  Everything is close together so there is not much walking to do. I also enjoy the small classes and professors. The campus is beautiful and there are tons of spots to relax and think.
What are your goals for the semester? I hope to raise my GPA and grades. I also would like to further my language studies.
If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? “It could always be worse but yeah…..this is pretty bad.” I think it perfectly sums up many of the situations I get myself into. It could also be seen as hopeful because there is a lesson to be learned at the end of each episode. I would like it to be a children’s show.
Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  African Student Association, Afro Beat Dance Crew. My interests include singing, dancing, reading, writing, eating, sleeping, and Kpop(iKONIC4life). I have also recently found myself getting more and more interested in starting video editing.
What have you learned since working at the library? I have gotten a lot better at talking to people. I am also very familiar with the building so my research tends to go very smoothly.
What are your post-graduation plans?  Peace Corp. Work in NPR. work in the EPIK program.

Meet the Team: Bridget

Name: Bridget

Major: Biology

Status: Senior

Department: Leadership Lived Experience for CINRC

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I am grateful that I do not have classes on Fridays. Without the extra day, I would not be able to complete an internship this semester at the SIU School of Medicine, or be able to go home for the weekend. In addition, it is nice to live on campus, and be within walking distance of all of my classes.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to get through my 19 credit hours of coursework, successfully complete my internship, get good grades in all my classes, and, of course, graduate!

What have you been reading? Would you recommend it to others? The Testing trilogy by Joelle Charbonneau accounted for some of the most recent books I have read. I devoured this trilogy over the course of one weekend. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes dystopian fiction.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a member of the Biology Club, and am involved with the Research Society at UIS. In addition, I enjoy watching Jeopardy, NCIS, Scorpion, and Dallas Cowboys football.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned about the Central Illinois Nonprofit Resource Center, and the multitude of resources it has available to UIS and the community. And although I am not a traditional library worker, I have learned about the Library of Congress classification system, and get irritated when I see a book misplaced.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to take a year off after graduation to work and save up some money. In addition, I will take the GRE, and prepare my applications for graduate school. Eventually, I hope to earn my doctorate, and become a medical researcher.

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.

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.

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.