Meet the Team: Campbell

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Meet Campbell!

Name: Campbell

Major: History

Status: Sophomore

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!

Meet the Team: Abriana

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Meet Abriana!

Name: Abriana

Major: Sociology and Anthropology

Status: Freshman

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.

Meet the Team: Ed

Meet Ed!

Name: Ed

Major: Computer Science

Status: Freshman

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.

Meet the Team: Yiping

Meet Yiping!

Name: Yiping

Major: Computer Science

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?   The Multi-culture backgrounds of people on campus. Playing in the UIS orchestra. Working in the library.

What are your goals for the semester? Get A’s in all my classes. Great performance. Know more friends.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My overseas life. The experience of studying in another country is really unforgettable which teaches me a lot.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am a cellist in the UIS orchestra. Also I joined the Cello Choir this semester. I like swimming, playing badminton, playing the piano and the cello.

What have you learned since working at the library? I learned the importance of communication with team members. To be open minded. I become more confident because of working at the library.

What are your post-graduation plans? I want to find a job which is related to my major, like software testing or database engineering.

Meet the Team: Teagan

Meet Teagan!

Name: Teagan

Major: Social Work

Status: Freshman

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is all of the opportunities I have on campus. There are so many different clubs and organizations to join, there truly is something for everyone! I also love the small campus size, so I can meet and interact with other students and staff often.

What are your goals for the semester?My goals for this semester are pretty simple. I really just want to be able to learn more about my major, as well as keep up my good grades.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I were to have a reality show it would be called something like, “Keeping up with Teagan.” Although this is a basic answer, it would end up being very true. My days this semester are going to be really hectic and full of school, work, and activities. If I had a reality show, it would have to keep up with my busy schedule.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I am involved with a couple activities on campus. I am apart of the club volleyball team here, as well as being the secretary of my residence hall community council. Other than that, a lot of my time is spent at work or doing homework for my honors courses.

What have you learned since working at the library? I have definitely learned more time management skills. Not only when I’m working, but also outside of work due to the fact I always have to plan what I am doing before I actually do it to make sure I can achieve everything I want to achieve.

What are your post-graduation plans? I plan to become a probation officer after graduation. I am studying social work because the main thing I want to do in life is reach out and help people that are having a tough time. Being that this is my main goal, I decided to study social work rather than criminal justice, although my job is still within the criminal justice field. Thankfully, I can still pursue probation with the degree I want to receive.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love all of the board games we have available in our library of things! I have played board games constantly with my family since I could understand how to play, so seeing a collection here is like having a piece of home with me.

Meet the Team: Abhishek

Name: Abhishek

Major: MIS

Status: Graduate

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? UIS has a lot to offer to it’s students. It is diverse and there is always so many new things to learn each day. The library is my favorite place to be where I can concentrate on my studies and work at the same time.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is quite hectic for me looking at the work schedule and the courses I have. So, I am devoting most of my time in studies, learning new programming languages and keep up with good grades.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? The reality TV show of my life would be “Better Call Abhishek” because no matter what I am always there for help.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course work doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus. However, I love playing soccer, attend music concerts, go out with friends and explore new places around.

What have you learned since working at the library? I am working here since January,2018. It has helped me in improving my communication skills, time management. People often think of library as just a place to check out books and do research, but it does a lot more. Learning about all the services we provide has been interesting

What are your post-graduation plans?  I will be graduating in Spring 2019. After I graduate I will start looking for jobs, most likely I’ll move to Atlanta, GA because that city has a lot to offer.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from Library of Things is Dominoes. But most of the time I check out Umbrella because you never know when it will rain in Springfield :p

Meet the Team: Michael

Name: Michael

Major: Communications

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?

 I like being part of a small community where I can know a lot of the people around me more closely. This campus has always felt welcoming and like home to me. I always appreciate good company!

What are your goals for the semester?  

My goals for the semester are just to continue doing as well as I can in classes while enjoying my time here at UIS. I would also just like to spend more time binging TV shows and films when I have free time. I like to always make some time for good content.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?

The reality TV show of my life would be called Keeping Up With Michael Bates. People would get to see the wild things I do all day like roll out of bed at noon and turn on Netflix. Suffice to say it would be quality.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?

I am not really involved in much besides class and work. However, I have played guitar for several years. I also always make time to listen to at least one new album a day and I’m trying to get more into getting films fit in as often as possible to.

What have you learned since working at the library?

The library has taught me many things. I’ve learned many useful customer service skills working here. I’ve also just learned to have fun and not take anything too seriously as long as we’re getting done the work that we need to be.

What are your post-graduation plans?

 After graduation I’m planning on pursuing a career in journalism in one way or another. Preferably I’ll move to a bigger city and just enjoy the life there. We’ll see what happens!

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?:

I like a lot of the board games we have, particularly Catan and Machi Koro.