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.

Meet the Team: Francesca

Name: Francesca

Major: Philosophy/ Environmental Studies

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the fact that I can wake up 5 minutes before any class, and still make it to the room on time. I also like that we have a small community that can work together to leverage large scale change.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals are to spend more time reading for fun. It is easy to get overwhelmed with school work but it is important to take care of yourself and set aside time to reflect and read a new or favorite novel.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  My TV show would be called Francesca: Adventures of the Womansupial. In the alternate reality where I have a TV show, I am also a woman who is half person half marsupial (I would resemble a Kangaroo).

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved in L4L as well as the Green Fee Committee. So please, please, please, email me with your sustainable project idea.

What have you learned since working at the library?  Since working at the library my research skills have really improved. Beyond helping students find resources, I have discovered all of the resources that are available to me as well.

What are your post-graduation plans?  My plan post graduation is to join the Peace Corps. I would also like to pursue a career in sustainable education in elementary schools.

Meet the Team: Jauzlyn

Name: Jauzlyn

Major: Criminology

Status: Sophomore

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  The best thing about being a student at UIS are the small class sizes. I am able to have a meaningful relationship with my professors and get extra help when needed. I am also able to quickly make new friends and create important connections.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals for this semester include making all A’s and joining more organizations. I want more A’s so that my GPA can increase and so that I can have another reason to smile. I would like to join more organizations so that I can become more involved on campus and meet new people.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  If there was a reality TV show of my life, it would be called “Jauzlyn: Road to Her Throne”. It would be called that because I am always creating goals and finding ways to accomplish them. I am also planning on becoming my own boss one day.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am currently involved in the African Student Association here at UIS. I am also apart of Afro Beat Dance Crew, which focuses on African culture of dancing. My other hobbies include listening to music and dedicating time to children.

What have you learned since working at the library?  Since working at the library, I have learned how to be more social. I am better at communicating and starting conversations with strangers. I have also learned how the library operates from behind the scenes.

What are your post-graduation plans?  After I receive my Bachelors degree, I would like to work with Juvenile Delinquents. I want to positively impact the lives of under privileged kids. My long term plan is to earn my Doctorates degree to become a forensic psychologist.

Meet the Team: Dawson

Name: Dawson

Major: Biochemistry

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  I love the opportunities available for many UIS students. There are many volunteering opportunities available to all students, something that I am passionate about. It is refreshing to help the Springfield community.

What are your goals for the semester? My goals are to volunteer more than I did last semester. I also plan to focus more on my studies more then I did last semester to receive a higher GPA.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  I like to see the good things in life, so I would call it Walking on Sunshine. It would be about my life and all the happy moments of it because I always look at the brighter side of life. Plus that was one of my favorite songs while growing up, and still is.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? Last semester I was involved in the play, the Machinal. Theatre has always been a passion of mine that I enjoy. It allows me to focus on something other than my school work and do something that gives me happiness.

What have you learned since working at the library? I learned a lot about how the shelving system works. As a freshmen I was initially overwhelmed by the size of the library as well as it seemingly complex shelving system. But as I learned how to shelf books and shelf read, knowing where everything became super simple.

What are your post-graduation plans? My post graduation plans are to most likely go to another university for a masters degree. After that I plan to go to medical school to become a doctor. My end goal is to become a heart surgeon because I have always wanted to save lives.

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: 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.

Meet the Team: Tabbitha

Student of the week TabbithaName: Tabbitha

Major: Visual Arts

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?: I love being able to make friends so easily! The campus is small enough to feel like a big family. I also love being a part of Brookens Library, whether that be helping students figure out the printers or drawing on the chalkboard wall.

What are your goals for the semester?  Goal 1-Get good grades. Goal 2-Graduate. Goal 3-World domination. I like to set pretty decent goals.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?: If my life were a reality TV show it would be called “A Million Places at Once”. I think it would be called that because I have a tendency to be everywhere at once.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?: I am a member of a bunch of clubs including Japanime, AREA, and Queer Straight Alliance. I haven’t been as involved in them since I live off campus now.

What have you learned since working at the library?: I’ve learned how to work with a variety of different people who all learn in different ways. Also I have learned that no matter how many signs you put up, somebody will surely ignore those signs.

What are your post-graduation plans?: I plan on getting a job in a library. Once I do that I plan on going back to school for a Masters in Library Science. After all of that, I hope to move out of state and get a large house and fill it with rescue cats.