Hi, I'm Rebecca.
I use she/her pronouns. I am currently studying for my Master's of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. I currently work as a Library Associate at the S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately, MA. It is my dream to work as a Librarian in an Academic Library someday.
So, how did I get here? Let's rewind:
- 2011-2012: Front Desk at Zesty's Pizza
- 2012: Started Bachelor's degree in Psychology at UMass Amherst
- 2013: Worked as a Summer Human Resources Intern at Materials Systems Incorporated
- 2014: Got a summer job as a Life Guard at Lowell YMCA
- 2015: Worked as a Student Facilitator for UMass Amherst Eco-Reps during the schoolyear
- 2015: Moved to Washington D.C. for the summer and worked as a Climate Change Communication Intern with George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication & National Park Service
- 2015-2016: Promoted to Program Manager for UMass Amherst Eco-Reps and worked during the schoolyear
- 2015-2016: Conducted Independent Research Project on sustainable environmental student organizations in the Human Relations Lab at UMass Amherst
- 2016: Graduated from UMass Amherst with a B.A. in Psychology
- 2016-2017: Started working as a Psychology Intern in OSRAM's Research & Development Department after graduating from UMass
- 2017: Volunteered at Chelmsford Public Library and put on a sustainability book club/discussion series after work
- 2017-2021: Left job at OSRAM and began working as a Sustainability Engagement Coordinator at UMass Amherst with the goal of someday applying to a library and information science master's program
- 2018-2019: Volunteered as an Usher at Amherst Cinema after work
- 2019: Co-Facilitated an introductory resume workshop for youth with the Treehouse Foundation outside of work hours
- 2019: Presented Poster at Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's 2019 Conference in Spokane, Washington
Completing Graduate School
- 2020: Started Library and Information Science Master's Program at Simmons University (West Campus) while still working at UMass
- 2021: Left job at UMass and began working as a Library Associate at S. White Dickinson Memorial Library in Whately, MA, while still completing master's program studies
What do I like to read?
Given the field I've chosen to specialize in, I'm often asked "What is your favorite book?"
Ever since my mom gave me a copy of the first book in Esmeralda Santiago's trilogy of memoirs for my birthday a few years ago, "When I Was Puerto Rican" has been my go-to answer to this agonizingly hard-to-answer question! I grew up with many of the same traditions and foods sporadically mentioned by Santiago in her series of memoirs because my mom is from Puerto Rico.
It's the only book series I can think of that I devoured quickly and felt a very special personal connection to, and many of my family members have said the same thing. Santiago gave us something to be excited about, relate to and bond over. Readers will find her struggles with identity relatable, her descriptions of food nostalgic, and her story inspirational.
Below is a list of some of my favorite books (picking only one is still so hard)! Maybe, one of these will become your next great read.
Rebecca's Reading Suggestions
- De Waal, F. (2009). The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society. Crown.
Genres: Psychology, Sociology.
- Santiago, E. (1993). When I was Puerto Rican. Da Capo Press.
- Santiago, E. (1998). Almost A Woman. Da Capo Press.
- Santiago, E. (2005). The Turkish lover. Da Capo Press.
Genres: Autobiographical Series, Memoir.
- Sestero, G., & Bissell, T. (2014). The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. Simon & Schuster.
Genres: Memoir, Film.
- Collins, S. (2014). The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil. Picador.
Genres: Graphic Novel, Magical Realism, Humor.
- Franklin, Tee, et al. (2018). Bingo Love: Jackpot Edition. Volume 1. Diamond Comic Distributors.
Genres: Graphic Novel Series, Young Adult LGBTQA+ Romance, Historical Fiction.
- Adams, D. (2016). The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Pan Macmillan.
Genres: Science Fiction Series, Humor)
- Moreno-Garcia, S. (2021). Mexican Gothic. Del Rey.
Genres: Gothic Horror, Fantasy, Historical Fiction)
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