oday at work I went on a campus tour. I met a lovely junior Penn State student, studying nutrition. She was from the area and had a passion for her school that I notice is a trend at Penn State. When I told a co-worker I had gone on a tour, they responded that they hadn't thought of doing that. They have worked at Penn State but know a lot of the same places (such as the stadium, the creamery, the HUB [Student Union], and Old Main).
This sort of stuff is why I am into community engagement. For me, I can't see myself being an effective librarian for undergrads if I don't at least try to get on their level. To see their school from their perspective. Now granted, this topic is enough for a blog post on its own...
But this idea of not exploring more than the library walls is an idea that can be applied to State College as a whole. Read More
I make a non-chicken dish! And as a bonus, I let you into my oatmeal making process. Don't want to miss this blog post! Read More
I'm back! And I've done more cooking. That's a good start. Read More
Sometimes I come home from work and still can't believe that three weeks ago I straight up moved to Pennsylvania. I've settled into a routine at Penn State and it feels like home. The librarians and staff have been incredibly welcoming and supportive. I spend my days meeting with all sorts of fascinating people, learning the ins and outs of the Pattee and Paterno libraries, and attempting to remember as many names as possible. Read More
Cooking hasn't been something I've excelled at. Growing up, I would help my mom or dad in the kitchen, but I was always the one volunteering to help bake cookies over casseroles. Even when I got to grad school, I stuck with my reliable grilled cheese sandwich and moved into the world of Clif Bars. I made lots of excuses about lack of time and was also lucky to know a couple of good cooks during my years in grad school. They feed me and I provided lots of baked goods.
However, now that I have a full time job, a new place, and far more spare time than I sometimes feel comfortable with, I see "ACCOMPLISH COOKING" as a goal looming in front of my face. Read More