Jess Ensley ‘17: What do you do at the library?
Sam Schaff ‘17: I basically do anything to do with circulation. So, checking books in and out, packaging books for other schools, unpacking them and cleaning them up when they come from other schools, and helping any students that need help with research or finding something.
J: What do you like about working at the library?
S: Everyone here is so nice. The staff is just incredible and I’ve gotten to meet so many different people. Especially because they hire so many international students and I’ve never really been exposed to that before, so that’s been really great.
J: That’s great! So, what book do you think everyone should read at some point in their lives?
S: This is a really tough one for me. I think, especially in today’s society, Fahrenheit 451 is really amazing. Kindles and Nooks and everything are becoming so popular and books are not as popular, like actual paper, hardback books. I think that’s a really important book for everyone to read.
J: So, what are your major and minor?
S: My major is Anthropology & Sociology and my minor is Psychology.
J: And you’ve told me that you’re planning on going to graduate school to get a Master’s Degree in Social Work. What do you want to do as a career after that?
S: I want to become a social worker and work with children and families. I will probably do something with foster care or adoption. That kind of ties into CASA. I love working with children and helping people and CASA just ties those both together.
J: Could you tell me more about CASA and what made you interested in that?
S: Yeah! So, CASA stands for “Court Appointed Special Advocates.” They advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system Like I said, I just love children and volunteering. I also joined Kappa Alpha Theta on campus and that’s their philanthropy, so that’s how I found out about CASA and I just fell in love the more I learned about it.
J: You’ve also mentioned that you love concerts. What’s your favorite concert you’ve ever been to?
S: It was actually just about a week and a half ago. It was this band called Nothing More. It’s a rock band and they’re one of my favorite bands. I had VIP tickets and I got to meet them. I was in the very front row. It was just incredible. The connection to the music and the band being so close was just amazing. I don’t even know how to describe it. It was amazing.
J: That’s awesome. Is there any advice you have for new Denison students?
S: I know people kind of say this a lot, but I think it’s really important. Don’t be afraid of change and get out of your comfort zone. That’s something I did as a first year and it changed my life. I’m such a different person from it and I can’t imagine being the way I was anymore. So, I think not being afraid of change and just getting out of your comfort zone will really change you for the better and it’s worthwhile.