NDSU Libraries has close to 40 student employees that are vital to keeping operations running smoothly. Their friendly faces help make the Main Library and its branches enjoyable spaces with valuable services that fellow students, staff and the community can appreciate. We would like to highlight the graduates of this school year, along with those moving on to pursue other goals. They are all appreciated, and the staff thanks them for their hard work and dedication to NDSU Libraries!
Hometown: Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Major: Landscape Architecture
Graduation Date: May 11, 2019
Position at NDSU Libraries: Student Assistant – Downtown Branches
Book I would recommend: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite Quote: “I am from there. I am from here. I am not there, and I am not here. I have two names, which meet and part, and I have two languages. I forget which of them I dream in.” – Mahmoud Darwish
What is a cause you're passionate about? I’m passionate about environmental equity and the concept of universal design. I believe that everyone has the right to interact with nature and the built environment in the most equitable way possible.
How does your degree fit into your life’s plans? I’ve always wanted to become an architect from when I was a child, and I’m happy to say that my dreams have come true. I’m excited to start working and have an impact in the field of Landscape Architecture.
What do you like to do in your free time? I love to read and play video games. Two things I sadly rarely get to do.
If animals could talk, which would be the funniest? Kangaroos
Hometown: Oak Grove, Minnesota
Graduation Date: December 2021
Position at NDSU Libraries: Student Assistant – Resource Acquisition, Management & Discovery
Book I would recommend: I like the mystery books
What would people be surprised to know about you? I have a horse and I have been riding horses for almost 13 years.
What is your plan after graduation? I would love to move somewhere near the ocean and to work at a level one trauma hospital as a nurse.
What do you like to do in your free time? I like to go to the gym, paint, or do an activity outside with some friends.
Would you rather be a master at every musical instrument or fluent in every language in the world? I would rather be fluent in every language. I think it’s such a cool skill to have when people know how to communicate with people from different countries.
Hometown: St. Michael, Minnesota
Major: Industrial Engineering
Graduation Date: December 2019
Position at NDSU Libraries: Student Assistant – Circulation
Book I would recommend: Cat Facts by Marcus Schneck and Jill Caravan
Favorite Quote: “When you know better you do better.” – Maya Angelou
What makes NDSU Libraries special? The NDSU Libraries are special because they provide a space for all majors to collaborate on projects and classes.
What is your plan after graduation? I plan to work as a manufacturing engineer in the twin cities.
What do you like to do in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy watching The Office and spending time with friends and family.
If animals could talk, which would be the funniest? Cats!
Hometown: Parkers Prairie, Minnesota
Major: Landscape Architecture
Graduation Date: May 11, 2019
Position at NDSU Libraries: Student Assistant – Downtown branches
Book I would recommend: A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
Favorite Quote: “If not now, then when? If not you, then who?”
What is a cause you're passionate about? Environmental & Habitat Conservation
What is your plan after graduation? After graduation in May, I will be moving to Frisco, Texas, where I have accepted a job as an Entry Level Landscape Architect with the engineering and planning firm Kimley-Horn & Associates.
What do you like to do in your free time? I enjoy hunting, fishing, reading, sketching, and Netflix.
What is your favorite smell? Lilac flowers
Hometown: Hutchinson, Minnesota
Major: Strategic Communication
Graduation Date: TBD
Position at NDSU Libraries: Student Assistant – Marketing & Administration
Book I would recommend: The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Favorite Quote: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.” – the apostle Paul (Philippians 3:8)
What's your favorite spot on campus and why? My favorite spot on campus is the chair at the west end of 2nd floor hallway in the Family Life Center. It’s a quiet, secluded space that is rarely occupied, and it is right next to a big window that lets a bunch of sunshine in during the afternoon.
What advice do you have for incoming students? My advice for incoming students would be to cancel your Netflix subscription. You can very easily waste a lot of time watching TV. Instead, try to seek out opportunities to connect with other people and find activities that are truly restful.
What’s your favorite memory from NDSU Libraries? My favorite memory from NDSU Libraries was purchasing candy for the Read Across America jellybean guessing contest. Lindsay and I went to a candy store during my shift to buy all the different colors of jellybeans. It was a treat!
What is your favorite smell? My favorite smell is freshly popped popcorn, unless I’m not allowed to eat the popcorn.
Hometown: Bowdon, North Dakota
Major: Public History, Horticulture, and History
Graduation Date: December 2018
Position at NDSU Libraries: Collections Assistant – Germans from Russia Heritage Collection
What is your plan after graduation? I have stayed at NDSU and continued working at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection (GRHC) and taking a class. This fall I will start grad school here in history, focusing on public history. I will be staying with the GRHC as a Grad Assistant. My overall goal is to help build a support organization for North Dakota museums and historical societies so they have access to resources they need.
What’s your favorite memory from NDSU Libraries? Working at the Germans from Russia Heritage Collection! I learned so much about the Germans from Russia, myself, and archival processes. I have also met amazing people who are researching their family and every once in a while there is kuchen or some other treat in our supply room.
What advice do you have for incoming students? The librarians and library are your friends and a great asset. Get familiar with the services they offer early on and reach out sooner rather than later if you need/want help with a project.
If our state was represented by just one food, what would it be? Knephla soup – other states might have it too, but we make it better!