Starting at the Research Help Desk

Hi!  My name is Jake Farias and I am the Fortenbaugh Research and Instruction Intern for the Spring of 2016.

I am a graduating senior with a major in History and minors in Education and English.  Last summer, I worked as an intern in the Civil War Institute, researching the New York City Draft Riots and designing a mock debate focused on key perspectives during the riots.  I was born and raised in Massachusetts, own a dog and a cat, and I have a little sister who is beginning her “teenage angst” stage of life.

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I have just completed my second week at the Research Help Desk and feel as though I am starting to get a good handle of the work.  Even after our intense boot camp training, I felt nervous to start fielding questions.  But after working through printer issues, citations, and some source searches with patrons, I am feeling more and more comfortable every day.  With that said, I still have loads more to learn in the next few weeks.

It’s been a great first two weeks at the Research Help Desk and I am hopeful for many more to come!

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