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I'm very happy to be a part of this class and a part of this amazing program here at Sam Houston for Library Science.  My appreciation for library professionals grows as each day passes.  There is so much more to being a librarian than just shelving and processing books.  I'm really lucky to be a part of such a great program to become a librarian myself.  I'm looking forward to graduation and, hopefully soon, to becoming a librarian myself.


So, now that I've shared some thoughts on the program, I'll tell you a bit about myself.



I hold a B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame that I achieved back in 2006.   I was a double major in English and Philosophy.  I was fortunate to become part of the Laura Bush IMLS Grant at Sam Houston State beginning with my first semester classes last spring.  I'm really looking forward to finishing up this summer.



I have one brother, my mom, and dad as my immediate family.  I guess I'm one of the very few that hasn't started a family of my own just yet.  I look forward to that chapter in my life happening sometime in the future, but I'm happy where I'm at right now as well.  I'm very fortunate to have the great family that I have and the great network of aunts, uncles, cousins, and, grandfather that I have.  I enjoy my time with them very much.



I have a wide range of interests outside of my academic pursuits.  I like to play Texas Hold'em and I definitely consider myself a Texas Hold'em enthusiast.  I also enjoy sports in general, both playing and watching, a great deal.  Both college and professional football, baseball, and basketball are definitely fun to watch and keep up with.  I catch myself on pretty regularly.  I also enjoy reading, rock music, good movies, and spending time with my close friends and family.  Whenever I'm not working on homework, I'll probably be with them having an awesome time.



My one regret is that I haven't travelled more during my 27 years on this earth.  I have been able to visit a couple of places in the U.S. like New York City, Ft. Myers Beach (Florida), Notre Dame (Indiana), various places in Texas, and, of course, Washington D.C. this past summer.  I would like to travel the country more in the future and, hopefully, take a few trips to various places around the world.  I would love to visit Europe.  That is definitely something I want to do in the near future.



I have three dogs.  They're family dogs though, so they're living with my mother at her house.  One of them is a chiuaua named Rocky.  Another is a terrier mix named Teddy.  The third is a German Shepard (white)/Dalmation mix named Sandy.  Rocky is has been a part of our family the longest.  He will be 15 years old this coming March.  It's amazing to think how long he's been a part of my life.  Sandy was a close rescue.  My previous dog, Babes, gave birth to one last litter and Sandy was the survivor of that two puppy litter.  The other puppy, unfortunately, didn't make it.  My brother and I took very special care of her so that she would survive.  Luckily for us, she did.  I don't know if I could find a more good natured dog out there.  As for Teddy, he was a rescue in the truest sense of the word.  He was a puppy wandering the streets when my mom and brother found him, took him home, and nursed him back to health while I was away at college.


So, there you have it.  I've given you a few things about me.  It's kind of funny to see this and realize how much information I've put down for my pets section.  I love dogs and animals in general.  I hope this helps anyone reading this in getting to know me better.  Like I said, I'm looking forward to a great Spring and to the next several months as we finish up our program.  Good luck to all of you!

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Comment by Dr. Mary Ann Bell on February 19, 2011 at 11:58pm
I enjoyed reading about you!

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