Meet the Team: Kinsey

FIRST Name: Kinsey

Year in school: Senior

Major/Minor: Major – Criminal Justice, Minor- Psychology

Hometown: Woodstock, IL

Hobbies:  Reading, writing, working out, and watching Netflix

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

My current plans are to stay in Springfield and work with some of the many agencies here to build up my resume while I figure out my next steps. Within the next year or so I will likely enroll in a Master’s program for Social Work or Counseling with the eventual goal of being a school counselor or working with at-risk youth and crime victims.

 Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I can’t think of any one specific person, but I would say that I am inspired every day by people who aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and achieve their goals. I think the most valuable trait a person can have is knowing who they are and being true to themselves. I aspire to be more like this and encourage everyone I know to do so.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has taught me the value of hard work and commitment. During my time at Brookens have put my all into every project assigned to me and, as a result, have gained valuable skills and experiences that will be useful to me in years to come. I have also had the pleasure of getting to know many great people who work hard every day so that the library can function at its best.  

 

Meet the Team: Sagar

Sagar, a student workerName: Sagar

Year in school: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Computer Science

Hometown: Mysore, India

Hobbies: Photography, videogames

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

Being a Computer Science graduate with interest of becoming Cyber Security Specialist. I would love to see myself in the cyber security field and explore other options.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

Inspiration is something which I have been receiving in every stage of my life. I am inspired from my parents and my friends who taught me how to cope with negative situations, face hurdles of life and lead to a right path.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I recently joined the team at Brookens. It has taught me how to work with different people and also helped me in sharpening my communication and interpersonal skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

Since I’m new to the team, I haven’t had a chance to have an experience that becomes an outstanding memory but I hope to create some during this journey.

Meet the Team: Marisha

Marisha, a student workerName: Marisha

Year in school: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Computer Science

Hometown/Country: India

Hobbies: Reading crime fiction and thrillers

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I am a Computer Science graduate student with an interest in towards data analytics so I plan to get a job related to my area of interest.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why

I believe people with liberal thoughts and a strong approach to life are really thought provoking and influential people.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

I am fairly new to the team but within this short term I have learned to work within this diverse team, with people from different parts of the world. It has also helped me in honing my communication skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

For being a relatively new employee, I didn’t get the chance to have an experience that becomes an outstanding memory but since my first day at Brookens I have loved working here with other students and my supervisors. I am looking forward to make some memorable ones during this journey.

Meet the Team: Sarat

Sarat, a student workerName: Sarat

Year in school: Freshman

Major/Minor:  Communication major/ Visual Arts minor

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria

Hobbies: Reading, drawing, shopping, sleeping, eating

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I would like to go into advertising/marketing for international business.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My mother. She is a strong, intelligent woman who has been through a lot and still smiles and makes those around her laugh.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

After helping so many people out with research questions, I feel like I have a better grasp on the issues presented.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

I went to Louisiana with some members of Leadership for Life. We got to hear the stories of flood victims and were able to help them start to get back what they lost.

Meet the Team: Laura

Laura, a student workerName: Laura

Year in School: Graduate

Major/Minor:  Business Administration

Hometown: Ketchikan, Alaska

Hobbies: Cooking, baking, traveling

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

After completing my MBA I plan to return to my hometown in Alaska and work in the tourism industry. I have grown up working for many different tour companies that work with cruise ships that come in the summer and I love the industry.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

My parents are the two people in my life that have influenced me the most. They have always taught me to dream big and showed me that anything is possible when you’re willing to put in the work. They are the reason I am today and I appreciate everything they have done for me.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens Library has taught me how important good communication skills and attention to detail are. Working with so many different people you have to be able to explain things in a different way to different people and working at Brookens Library has helped me with that. Also paying attention to small details can make a bigger task much easier and certain tasks at Brookens has helped me with this too.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My most memorable experience at the library has been working with all the different people that come to the library. Everyone is always very appreciative when we help them, even with the simplest of tasks. It is nice when you feel that you have made someone’s day a little better.

Meet the Team: Scott

Scott, a Student WorkerName: Scott

Year in School: Senior

Major/Minor: Business Administration Marketing Major, Accountancy Minor

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, listening to music, reading, watching television, walking, and gardening

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I’d like to get a job with my bachelor’s degree, then go on to graduate school and work toward obtaining a master’s degree. I’m not quite sure exactly what I want to pursue in graduate school, but have narrowed my fields of study down to obtaining either a Master’s of Science in Business Analytics or a Master’s of Science in Marketing. I have always been interested in working for an organization with an admirable agenda and a difference-making, world-changing outlook. I enjoy working with data, so a profession dealing with working with data would be great.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most? Why?

I’ve got to give it up to two people for being the biggest inspirations in my life; these people are my mom and dad. My parents are some of the hardest working people I know and have instilled in me the importance of working hard for what I want in life. They also encourage me to continuously learn, acquire new knowledge, and grow as a person. My parents are also immensely considerate and selfless, always willing to lend a helping hand to others. I will forever be grateful for having them in my life to look up to and have by my side.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Working at Brookens has been such a great learning experience for me. I am so appreciative to have worked here during some of my college career. Working at Brookens has furthered taught me the importance of promptness, being tactful, courtesy, and good communication skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My most memorable experience at Brookens Library would have to be the small, daily exchanges with the patrons and my coworkers while I worked my shifts. Though small, they were significant nonetheless; it truly is the little things. I have enjoyed my time at Brookens helping people.

Meet the Team: Connie

Student Worker ConnieName: Connie

Year in school: Sophomore

Major/Minor: Psychology/Theatre

Hometown: Chicago/Peoria, IL

Hobbies: Writing, crafting, hanging out with friends and family, and shopping

Post-college plans/What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

I would like to go to grad school to earn my psychology doctorate and become a child and adolescent psychologist. I also hope to one day start a non-profit organization to advocate for mental health of minorities. I also hope to one day create a few scholarships.

Who is the person that influences you or inspires you the most?

I would have to say my mom. She has always been my greatest support system and always pushed me to do my best. I don’t think I’d be where I am today without her.

What has working at Brookens Library taught you?

Being part of the team really helped me not only in my academics, but also in preparation for future employment opportunities. I’ve learned to balance work with my academics as well as enrich my research skills.

What is a memorable experience you have had at the library/UIS?

My favorite library experience would be helping set up for Haunted Library.