Meet the GAs

Kailey Bowen, MS/LIS student

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Kailey is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program from Goodrich, MI. She earned her undergraduate degree at Oakland University, where she studied English and Writing & Rhetoric. Some Classic Kailey Moves include getting her hair caught in things, constantly dropping things, and buying the wrong thing at the grocery store.

Krystjana Bruce, MS/LIS student

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Krystjana is a first year student in the MS/LIS program from Gouldsboro, PA. She earned her undergraduate degree at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, where she studied History, Political Science, and International Studies. She came to the iSchool, UIUC has the biggest public school library in the country. In her spare time, Krystjana loves to watch foreign dramas and read supernatural or historical fiction books. She hopes to become an archivist.

Matthew Byrd, MS/LIS student

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Matthew is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program, born and raised in Chicago, who currently lives in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood. He has a degree in History and English from the University of Iowa. He hopes to become a public librarian. Outside of school, Matthew loves watching movies, reading historical non-fiction, creating more Spotify playlists, and anything to do with his beloved Chicago Bears.

Abbie Mills, MS/LIS student

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Abbie is a first-year student in the MS/LIS program from Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Her educational background is art with a concentration in photography and minors in sociology and marketing. Following undergrad, Abbie worked professionally as a photographer for a studio in Bourbonnais for 3 years. She can still be found photographing weddings, seniors, families, and engagement sessions whenever she gets a spare moment. Her other passions include: reading, looking for Free Little Libraries, exploring small towns, and going on long walks. She hopes to work as a school librarian following graduation.

Hanh Nguyen, MS/LIS student

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Hanh is from Vietnam and is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Purdue University, Indiana. Her interest includes data and asset management, and information organization. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, baking, and volunteering.

Katie Peterson, MS/LIS student

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Katie is a first-year student from Naperville, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Middle Level Education and was a 7th grade math teacher for two years. Katie’s interests include biking, trumpeting, playing board games, and doing anything creative.

Sophie Popovich, MS/LIS student

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Sophie is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program from Plainfield, Illinois. Her educational background is in history and women and gender studies. Her passions include information literacy, community outreach, musical theatre, and Captain America. One of her many skills is pretending Avengers: Endgame does not exist. She hopes to work as a public librarian following graduation.

 

Cheyenne Puetz, MS/LIS student

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Cheyenne is a first-year student in the MS/LIS program and is from New Vienna, Iowa. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in English with a minor in Human Relations and a Certificate in Writing. In her free time, she likes to fangirl over all things Harry Styles, rewatch New Girl and Schitt’s Creek, and bake cookies and scones. She hopes to become a school librarian or youth services librarian after graduation.

Dana Queen, MS/LIS student

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Dana is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program and is from Hammond, WI. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota in Anthropology and History. Outside of school and work, she likes to listen to podcasts and audiobooks, watch movies, and nap. She hopes to be work in collection development after graduation.

Paul Richmond, MS/LIS student

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Paul is a second-year student in the MS/LIS program from Holland, MI. He got his undergraduate degree in Comparative Literature from Oberlin College with a focus on German and translation. His interests include independent video games and comics, plus a recently developed fascination with tabletop role playing games. Talk to him about any kind of media, but be prepared for a long conversation if the X-Men come up.

Clelia Sweeney, MS/LIS student

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Clelia is a first-year graduate student in the MS/LIS program, raised in rural Vermont. She graduated with from DePaul University with a BA in American Studies, focusing on popular culture and media, as well as a partial minor in Journalism. She is passionate about public service, information access, history, all of the arts, and karaoke. She is excited to become a public librarian upon graduation.

 

Mariah Tennell, MS/LIS student

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Mariah is a first-year student in the MS/LIS program from Gainesville, FL. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in English, and fell in love with the novel¬†Shame¬†by Salman Rushdie. In her spare time, she likes to bake, watch anime, play sims and shops on Amazon more than she should.

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