So Long Seniors…

by Alex

As exciting the end of the spring semester is, it is a little bitter sweet for us at The Learning Hub because this is the time of year when we have to say goodbye to our graduating seniors. Although we will miss them, we know they will be going forward to do amazing things.

alec.jpgAlec began working for us two years ago as a writing TA and is graduating with a masters in history. After graduation, he will be participating in an 8-week intensive Latin course at the University of Chicago this summer. We suspect he will enjoy living closer to the Cubs and sincerely hope he can bring Bow Tie Tuesdays to the city. He was the winner of the following prestigious Learning Hub awards: Most Writing Appointments, Writing Employee of the Year, and Most Likely to Leave a Beverage Behind. We will miss him dearly, but we will not miss the beverages and food he often left behind at the front desk.

erica.jpgErica started two years ago as a peer tutor and will be graduating with a degree in English with minors in women and gender studies and environmental science. In August, Erica will move to Mozambique as she begins her journey with the Peace Corps. Anyone who visited The Learning Hub on any regular basis was familiar with her sitting near the front desk wrapped in a Snuggie. She kept most of the staff well fed on a diet of Indian food delivery, sass, and great Snapchat photos. She was the winner of the following prestigious Learning Hub awards: Most Likely to Live at The Hub After Graduation and Most Likely to Order Lunch Delivery.

13537529_10154306481304910_6575723985330775917_n.jpgCourtney came to us at the beginning of the spring semester this year and is graduating with a master’s in English. During most of the time we’ve known her, she’s been completing an ambitious thesis, but despite that, she still made an effort to get to know us all and participate in Hub events. She is particularly good at sneaking cards out of discard piles to replay them. She has been accepted at the PhD program at Illinois State University and will continue to rock the academic world. She is the winner of the prestigious Best Smile at The Learning Hub.

mbakebitmoji.jpgLast fall, Michael graduated early and after one and a half years of working at The Learning Hub, he left us. Although he started out as a quiet employee, we felt he came out of his shell during an internship with The Hub over the summer. He remains one of the sassiest employees on record with a very dry sense of humor. Our online subscribers never got to see or hear Michael—he wanted his identity to remain a mystery. We created a bitmoji model of Michael in his likeness, but admittedly, it does not capture the long locks he was known for (before he cut it all off.) He is the winner of the Most Majestic Hair Award.

erin.jpgWe’ve been grateful to have Erin working as our Academic Skills TA for the last two and a half years. She will be graduated with a masters in human development counseling. She will be leaving us to live in sunny Florida and is currently searching for a job as a school counselor. In addition to being able to organize and color code your entire life, she is also extremely skilled at Mario Kart and ordering Ubers. We will miss her positive energy, her love of dogs, and her favorite companion, Starbucks coffee. She was awarded Employee of the Year, Best Guest at a Party, and the Most Done/Stressed Employee awards.

Although some of you may not have had the opportunity to meet Amanda, Jarrett, and Sarah online through our blog, we hope you had an opportunity to meet them during math appointments, SI study sessions, and accounting appointments.

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Thank you all for all the time you’ve spent helping students and making The Hub such an amazing place to study and work for!

 

Encouraging Words

It’s finals time. How many of you feel stressed about your impending tests and final projects? Well, The Learning Hub’s writing staff have a few words for you. Turn it on, and try to relax a little bit. Take a brain break for a minute, and then dive back into studying, ready to conquer the semester!

The Learning Hub is still available this week and next week for appointments, and we still have writing walk-in hours. Visit our website, check your campus announcements, or contact us for more information and to make sure you are prepared!

April Student Spotlights – Dede Aggrey!

Spring has finally sprung. The weather is warming, the trees are greening, and UIS is teeming with student success. Throughout the month of April, we will be posting four videos of interviews we conducted with successful UIS students whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know this year in The Hub, and who we feel exemplify what it means to be a Prairie Star.

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A Prairie Star is a flower, after all… and what better way to welcome Spring back into our lives than to honor the ways our students are growing and blossoming into stronger writers, better students, and smarter professionals ready to take on their futures.
Check out the video below to meet our fourth and final student: Dede Aggrey, a sophomore Global Studies Major and member of the STARS Living Learning Community!

Do you want to find your own success? Make sure to check out our website where we have writing resources tailored to help you grow into your own beautiful, successful Prairie Star. Happy Spring!

April Student Spotlights – Kaj Days!

Spring has finally sprung. The weather is warming, the trees are greening, and UIS is teeming with student success. Throughout the month of April, we will be posting four videos of interviews we conducted with successful UIS students whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know this year in The Hub, and who we feel exemplify what it means to be a Prairie Star.

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A Prairie Star is a flower, after all… and what better way to welcome Spring back into our lives than to honor the ways our students are growing and blossoming into stronger writers, better students, and smarter professionals ready to take on their futures.
Check out the video below to meet our third student: Kaj Days, a freshman and member of the UIS Men’s Basketball team!

Do you want to find your own success? Make sure to check out our website where we have writing resources tailored to help you grow into your own beautiful, successful Prairie Star. Happy Spring!

April Student Spotlights – J’nae Agbenla

Spring has finally sprung. The weather is warming, the trees are greening, and UIS is teeming with student success. Throughout the month of April, we will be posting four videos of interviews we conducted with successful UIS students whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know over the years in The Hub, and who we feel exemplify what it means to be a Prairie Star.

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A Prairie Star is a flower, after all… and what better way to welcome Spring back into our lives than to honor the ways our students are growing and blossoming into stronger writers, better students, and smarter professionals ready to take on their futures.

Check out the video below to meet our second student: J’nae Agbenla, a senior CCJ major and PSY minor!

Do you want to find your own success? Make sure to check out our website where we have writing resources tailored to help you grow into your own beautiful, successful Prairie Star. Happy Spring!

April Student Spotlights – Ahmed Alsalman

Spring has finally sprung. The weather is warming, the trees are greening, and UIS is teeming with student success. Throughout the month of April, we will be posting four videos of interviews we conducted with successful UIS students whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know this year in The Hub, and who we feel exemplify what it means to be a Prairie Star.

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A Prairie Star is a flower, after all… and what better way to welcome Spring back into our lives than to honor the ways our students are growing and blossoming into stronger writers, better students, and smarter professionals ready to take on their futures.

Check out the video below to meet our first student: Ahmed Alsalman, a pre-dental student taking science and writing classes!

Do you want to find your own success? Make sure to check out our website where we have writing resources tailored to help you grow into your own beautiful, successful Prairie Star. Happy Spring!

You Won’t Believe These Ten Things I’ve Learned Since Starting at The Hub…

by Alex

The Hub is eerily quiet now that the students have left for winter break. During these down periods, we at the Hub can catch up on administrative and blog projects. However, this also gives us a moment of peace to reflect. This was my first semester working in The Hub, and it felt appropriate to talk about my experience being a part of a new community. Rather than bore you with a nostalgic reminiscence, I thought a Buzzfeed style “Top Ten Things I’ve Learned Since I Started at The Hub” would be way more entertaining.

  1. This semester, we started rolling out this Writing Web series. One thing I’ve learned is how to adjust my writing to the blog style. After writing my thesis and the online writing handouts, I had to relearn how to let some of my personality loose again.

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Well, maybe not that loose.

  1. As you all have probably noticed, we have been adding more videos onto this blog. Recently, I’ve started learning how to film and how to better identify what a good shot is or when the lighting isn’t balanced enough. I’ve still got a lot to learn, but I’m grateful to Sarah for showing me the basics. Some of my shots even made it into our most recent video!
  1. With the shift in ENG 101 and 102 curricula, I’ve become much more familiar with new applications like Moovly, Powtown, Padlet, Sway, and even Twitter so that I could help students with their new multimodal projects. It’s really great to see how students can transform their work across different media platforms!

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  1. Each writing tutor brings valuable experiences and unique perspectives to tutoring, and it has been such a privilege to work with a group of smart and dedicated individuals. I’ve learned new tutoring techniques and approaches from speaking with other tutors and having practice tutorials with others.

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  1. Nicole, the resident math wizard of The Hub, took a trip over the summer to Austria and brought back the wonder of Eiskaffees. If you don’t know what that is—check out this recipe online (click the picture).

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  1. Before coming here, I never tried Indian food. That quickly changed after my second week working here. Many tutors order Indian food for lunch once every two weeks (but closer to every week, if we’re being honest), and you can bet I’m almost always placing an order with them!

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  1. Every learning center has their unique approach when it comes to booking appointments and serving students. At The Learning Hub, we set aside time in everyone’s schedule to allow them to prepare for the upcoming appointment. For me, this was a new practice, and having the opportunity to review students’ work before they arrived allowed us to have more productive sessions together. I felt like Team Rocket—prepared for anything, even trouble.

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  1. It gets VERY busy up here—especially the last couple weeks of the semester. I’ve worked in other institutions during finals time, but I’ve never seen appointments fill up so quickly! As the end of the semester draws nearer, consider booking your appointments as early as possible!

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  1. When students leave, it is so sad.

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Seriously. After one day, I already missed having students up in The Learning Hub.

  1. Being with a community of amazing coworkers and students makes me look forward to coming to work every day.

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I can’t wait for everyone to come back, and I hope you enjoy your winter break!