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A WINDOW INTO THE DAILY LIFE AND THOUGHTS OF SLIS STUDENTS

Tara Pealer

I'm a first year student at SLIS, fresh out of undergrad, and loving the adventure of living in Boston! I've worked as a student library assistant, student library specialist, and collections assistant, as well as a tutor and as a sales associate. I'm taking advantage of the amazing city that is Boston and visiting all the museums, libraries, and free shows I can, as well as thoroughly enjoying the Simmons community at every turn! I'm currently hazily plotting a path for after SLIS which would involve some form or user outreach and involvement or teaching information literacy in an academic setting.


Entries by Tara Pealer

  • An Event-filled Semester
    If I'm not wrong, then this semester has been stressful and crazy for everyone I've talked to, and I'm definitely trapped in that cycle so I've been a little MIA for this blog. I'm definitely looking forward to Thanksgiving break!...
  • Lit Crawl, Book Fest, Maybe Zombies
    I would like to introduce you to the Boston Lit Crawl, an inaugural event which is occurring on the eve of the Boston Book Fest weekend. Boston Lit Crawl is happening tonight, October 13th, from 6:30 to 8:30 ish....
  • Events and Banned Books
    This week has been a busy week for Student Associations: Panopticon held two meetings (I went to both! They let me decorate cookies!), SCOSSA had a brown bag lunch with Dr. Sheffield who is so interesting, SCIRRT had their welcome...
  • Events, Classes, and Being Busy
    I don't know about the rest of SLIS, but I like to keep busy. It's the reason I'm working, in student leadership, and a full time student. There isn't a day that goes by where I don't have something going...
  • T-Minus Ten Days (and Counting)
    In theory, I have ten days left in the summer to chase excitement, hunt down adventure, and capture magic. In reality, there are only ten days standing between me and the semester, and I am not ready. Don't get me...
  • Moving Day: A Preview
    It's almost halfway through August, which should mean that anyone moving into or out of Boston should be planning how to attack Move In Day. Facebook just told me that this time last year, I was trying to convince family...
  • Reminiscing on Belonging
    Sometimes it takes a while to feel like you belong somewhere and that you're on the right path. Sometimes you search for reasons and moments and days where you can puzzle together hints that you aren't chasing a silver lining...
  • Beach Daze
    I went to the beach this week. Word of advice? Make sure you apply as much sunscreen as humanly possible; and always re-apply it after swimming. My back could make Taylor Swift's lipstick jealous, though I put on sunscreen pretty...
  • Wandering Boston Gardens
    Since the spring semester ended, I started a new job, Boston got hit by a heat wave, and I've been bouncing back and forth from Boston to CT to handle a few things, like getting an air conditioner and getting...
  • Salem In A Day
    My semester ended last Tuesday so, on Thursday, my friends and I went out to Salem for the day. It's a fast, cheap trip (14 dollars for a round trip ticket on the commuter rail!) and about thirty or so...
  • Keeping Busy
    Yesterday, my mom finally came up to Boston to visit me, so I did what any normal daughter would do: I dragged her out to dinner with my two best friends and paid the tab. We went to Walhburgers, which,...
  • Sunshine and Seventy-Five
    Today, as a friend put it, is the "First Nice Day In Boston". Although my phone is trying to tell me it is partly cloudy, the skies are a clear blue, the 75 degree temperature is perfect, the grass is...
  • Events, Elections, and Even More
    This week was a little intense. I had completely new material to learn in tech class on Monday, two papers due Tuesday, four hours of volunteering at the career fair on Wednesday, and classes to pick out for my registration...
  • Homework Craze(d)
    There's been a little radio silence from me in the past few weeks, but it wasn't intentional. It's just that the semester decided to get ridiculously busy. In the past two weeks, I've learned javascript over the phone, shown my...
  • Voting in the (ALA) Presidential Election
    I'm not saying that I don't care about the current Nation Presidential Elections. However, I'm an independent registered in Connecticut, which means I don't get a vote until November 2017. There is one election I can vote in, and it's...
  • (Family) History Hunting
    Last week, my grandfather called up my mother, who called up me because I live in Boston. He needed a favor. For years, my grandfather has been trying to hunt down family records to find out where the family immigrated...
  • Spring Break!
    Today is the first day in two weeks that I haven't woken up at or before 7 in the morning. Now, I know this is "normal adult behavior" but as a 22 year old grad student, it's not something I...
  • Nothing Much
    I haven't done anything blog worthy this week. My friend and I took her cat to a free vet clinic for a check-up, I went to school and work, and I paid all of my bills. Yesterday I did laundry....
  • I went to Harry Potter world
    Okay, I didn't really. I went to Harry Potter's World at Beatley Library. A little bit closer to home and a lot less expensive. Libraries are a great place for free events. What is Harry Potter's World at Beatley Library,...
  • Advice from the Advisor in Residence
    Simmons LIS is really lucky to have an amazing support staff working in the dean's office to make the best of opportunities for student looking for career advice. Currently, the student support staff is working to arrange the career fair...
  • Color Our Collections
    Anyone who's set foot into a bookstore recently has spotted the latest trend in bookselling: the adult coloring book. There's ocean scenes, fandom pages, and kaleidoscope images. There are funny ones, spiritual ones, and calming ones. Long story short, adults...
  • On Hobbits and Morning Classes
    I woke up early on Monday morning-- --after hitting the snooze button for twenty minutes and silently yelling at myself to put down the phone and make breakfast, that is. These past few weeks, save a few days of work...
  • ALA Midwinter
    A scene: You walk into the Boston Convention and Exhibit center. It's 7:30 on a Saturday morning, and the sun is still struggling to break through the dawn and clouds. You rush to the table you're staffing for the day,...
  • New Year, New Conference
    Happy 2016! I hope everyone had a good break and is ready to face the New Year! I spent my break back home for a couple weeks, chilling with my family and my puppy, catching up on netflix shows, and...
  • Finished with Flying Colors
    I officially finished every assignment for this semester on Tuesday, and I'm currently only waiting on one grade to find out my GPA for my first semester in Library Science School, in order to humble brag on Facebook. I've returned...
  • Expecting Nothing More or Less
    It's the end of the semester. I have two assignments left, two days of work, and four days. I'm trying not to stress out. However, looking at the semester, I'm trying to make sure that I've achieved the one goal...
  • 6 Assignments in 12 Days: The Final Two Weeks
    For those wondering, I did win NaNoWriMo. I'm currently in the final throes of the semester, with a LibGuide, a presentation, a homework assignment, 2 discussion posts, 2 annotated bibliographies, and a five-minute instruction session standing between break and me....
  • The Joys of Co-Working
    "If you have a friend you like to spend time with, but also want them to have their dreams to come true, co-work. Accomplish your dreams together."--Hannah Hart One of the biggest problems I find myself facing when I'm trying...
  • Attending a SLIS How To Panel
    I've been to conferences before, so when one of my friends expressed an interest in going to the How To Attend a Conference event put on by SLIS groups, I was a little hesitant. It wasn't that I didn't find...
  • NaNoWriMo and Me
    For most of the school year, I struggle with my time management skills. It's not that I don't have the skills, but rather that I struggle to effectively use them. I have planners and notebooks and generally know of the...
  • Presentations: Or, the overwhelming fear you're doing it wrong
    I love to give presentations. Give me a PowerPoint or Prezi, a somewhat captive audience, a chance to pretend to organize my notes, and I'm off. My philosophy for presenting is 'if you want to make a splash, you've got...
  • The Fraud Police and the Real Adults
    This semester I've had trouble finding time to read books for my own personal delight. There's the Excitement of A New City and of My First Semester As A Graduate Student, and the stress of When Will Someone Find Out...
  • That's not this week, is it?
    -A statement said by me about all my assignments so far. A major part of my first semester at Simmons has been deadlines. Beyond the usual multiple assignment due dates carefully written in color coding in my planner, there's the...
  • A Fine Balance
    If you're a junior or senior in undergrad, it is likely that by now you have friends in grad school. Your grad school friends seem like they have their lives together. They know what they are doing, and what they...
  • The Weeding Monster
    I am good at weeding. I'd go as far to say that I like weeding. Weeding, to me, is a relaxing way to organize, understand, and address the usage of not only a library's book collection, but my own as...
  • Mixing Introversion and Group Projects
    I come from a family of extroverts. They're loud, they're fun, and they're friendly. They'll stop to talk to you on the street. They'll have a conversation on the train with a stranger. They'll do their best to make you...
  • I Can't Use GPS
    I got lost this week. I mean, technically, since I have my phone on me 24/7, I wasn't really lost, but I was doing a really good impression of it. I moved to Boston to start the fall semester a...