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.

Meet the Team: Sophia

Name: Sophia

Major: Legal Studies

Status: Junior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about being a student at UIS is how fast I was able to make friends through the Necessary Steps Mentoring program. This program helped me grow in many ways and helped me get closer with my friends who I now see more like family.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goals for this semester are to stay on track of my classes and keep my classes and activities balanced. I remember how difficult it was for me to start working at the library, volunteering/interning with the IIP and attend classes/do my homework. I learned to balance my time between all three and even though I am always busy, I enjoy my hectic schedule.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show would be called “Keeping Up With Sophie.” The cameras would follow me throughout my day and see the different types of work I do. Each day would be a different adventure even if it just involves finding/eating at new places.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I am involved with the Necessary Steps Mentoring program which is a program that helps first generation college students with their transition from high school to college. I am going to be a mentor to a freshman this year for the NSMP and I am very excited! I am also involved with the Illinois Innocence Project “Illinois Innocence Project is dedicated to releasing innocent men and women imprisoned in Illinois for crimes they did not commit.” -IIP

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned to ask a lot of questions since working at the library. Every task here is different and can involve many steps. Being a new employee at the library, I was very shy to ask questions but I needed to do so in order to get my job done in a timely manner. There were times when I thought I had the hang of things, but ended up needing to ask a co-worker who had worked here longer for help.

What are your post-graduation plans?  My post-graduation plan is to go to law school. I would like to become a criminal defense lawyer, so I need to do my three years of law school after graduating from UIS.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things are the kitchen items! They have blenders, baking materials a waffle maker and much more. I enjoy baking/cooking so the kitchen items in the library can come in handy.

Meet the Team: Ankit

Name: Ankit

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 so it is difficult to pick a favorite. Having said that, I like to play games at the student union, I like to attend the expo’s and events that go on around campus. I also love playing Badminton and ping pong at TRAC. The library is my favorite place to watch a movie or to concentrate when I am studying.

What are your goals for the semester? This semester is going to be a tough one. I have taken 3 courses and all of these require investing a lot of time on them. So, i just want to concentrate & study as much as possible this semester and try to make sure that I maintain a good GPA. I am looking forward to learn a new programming language and a lot of other things. I would also love to visit Colorado during Thanksgiving break.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If I had a reality TV show of my life, I would call it ‘ Chill Alone’ because I appreciate time spent alone. 

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? My course doesn’t give me a lot of free time to engage with clubs/activities/sports on campus, however I love listening to music & watching new movies and TV shows. I play sports occasionally. I also like to go out with my friend’s on weekends and meet new people and explore places around Springfield.

What have you learned since working at the library? I began working with the library since January 2018 & I have learned a lot. I have improved my communication skills and I get to meet and see new people everyday.

What are your post-graduation plans? I will be graduating in Fall of 2019. Once I graduate, I plan to move to Pittsburgh or New York and start looking for jobs and would love to explore my OPT period while working.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: I love Italian cuisine, so someday I would love to take the pasta maker, make some fresh pasta and enjoy feasting on it.

Meet the Team: Justin

Name: Justin

Major: Information Systems Security

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? My favorite thing about UIS is the personal connection you make with your professors. They know you by name, where at other schools you usually are just a number. This is also noticeable with online classes as well. The professor is able to give much more attention to their students despite not having a physical presence

What are your goals for the semester? One of my goals for this semester is to not procrastinate on my homework. Waiting until the last minute on homework just causes stress and I’d like to avoid that. I’d also like to learn the programming language known as Python. I’ve heard that it can be very beneficial to learn it when looking for careers.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? If a TV show was made about my life it would be called “How Much Star Wars is Too Much?” I love Star Wars, so I spend a lot of my time reading books, watching movies/TV shows, and playing games about Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back is the Best!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies?  I’m part of the Computer Science Club here on campus where I have participated in several cybersecurity competitions known as the NCL with our team. We’ve even placed 6th nationally. I am also involved in an organization on campus called Young Americans for Liberty, a political activism organization that fights for free speech and constitutionalism.

What have you learned since working at the library? One thing that I have learned while working at the library is to never be afraid to ask for help. If you ask for help, most often you can accomplish whatever it is much quicker. Finding a book in the library can be confusing and could potentially take a very long time, so just asking for our help is much quicker.

What are your post-graduation plans? After graduation I plan to go strait into the workforce. Ideally I’d like to work at a local business in their tech department for a while but then I’d like to work for the FBI. Also, I plan to try and get several certifications in my field.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing in the Library of Things Collection is the board games. Can’t go wrong with fun and games with friends!

Meet the Team: Samantha

Name: Samantha

Major: Sociology/Anthropology

Status: Senior

 

 

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS? As a student, I love that UIS have mostly small classes. The student to instructor ratio isn’t overwhelming which allows for more of a connection with the instructor and a better learning experience in my opinion. Being a transfer student, I definitely like the vibe of UIS much better overall.

What are your goals for the semester?  My goal for this semester is to keep my head in the game. It’s the last year of school for me and I know how easy it is to fall into the senioritis trap! But I just need to remember that if I want to play hard, I have to work hard too.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why? My reality TV show of my life would be called “Fast & Furious”. Odd I know but it’s because life passes by fast and that makes me furious!

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? I dedicate most my free time to the music program here at UIS. I play violin in the UIS Orchestra and sometimes perform around campus for official events as well. I recently started to become more involved in the International Student Services because that is a huge passion of mine. I want to make sure that we as a University welcome others with open arms!

What have you learned since working at the library? I have learned that a little goes a long way. I am only a small part of the big complex system that is the Library. In order for everything to run smoothly, it’s important to pay attention to even the smallest tasks.

What are your post-graduation plans? (at least 3 sentences): Oof this question is a hard one! As of right now, I’m postponing graduate school since I would like to gain some experience in the work industry first. I’m interested in becoming an academic advisor or program coordinator for higher education.

What is your favorite thing from the library of things collection?: My favorite thing from the library of things collection has to be the board games! I would love to have that big of a collection of board games when I have a home of my own. Life isn’t a game but maybe just for a few hours I don’t have to worry about bills but think about how I’m going to kick butt in chutes & ladders!

Meet the Team: Joshua

Name: Joshua

Major: Computer Science

Status: Senior

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UIS?  My favorite thing about UIS is having my own apartment on campus with a nice big room, at least when compared to my old room. No longer do I have to commit hours of my life cleaning up after all my brothers and sisters, nor do I get dragged around on errands for my parents. Finally, I love the fact that the on-campus food is actually pretty good. I remember back in high school I was nervous about college but I was hyped for actually being able to have a good meal. 

What are your goals for the semester? Well getting good grades is always goal number one. My second goal would be more active in a club. My final goal is to get some scholarships, college is expensive and anything extra will really help.

If there were a reality TV show of your life, what would it be called? Why?  The Avid Gamers Quest for Bacon and Asian food. Well, I do consider myself a gamer and love to search for all sorts of new and exciting games. I also love to try all sorts of new foods but I most commonly seek out Asian cuisine. As for bacon, well I don’t think that needs an explanation.

Are you involved in any clubs/activities/sports on campus? Or what are your hobbies? As mentioned before I’m an avid gamer. I mostly play video games, but I do get the occasional board or card game in every now and then. I’m a member of the computer science club and I have also joined the robotics club.

What have you learned since working at the library? The library has taught me a few things, the first of which is that they actually lend out things besides books. A few examples are blenders, chargers, DVDs, board games, etc. I also learned that they have an area of the library dedicated to super old books, posters, tape recordings, etc. Finally and maybe the most important thing I’ve learned is that the library will shock you. Seriously watch out and don’t touch anything metal!

What are your post-graduation plans?  On graduation, I hope to do one of two things; either continue my education and get a masters degree, this is only an option if I get some serious scholarships, or to land a decent paying job in my field and quickly pay off any debt I might have. The school has good connections with companies such as State Farm and I would be more than happy to be hired by them. Also a dog, honestly that’s probably number one, I need me a dog.