KWASIManager, Instructional Services, Libraries, Boston College
What industry/job did you come from previously?
Education—same as my current one.
Why did you choose to pursue your career in the higher education sector?
Education has always been a priority in my family. However, my biggest dream in life, as a French and Spanish major at my undergraduate university in Ghana, West Africa, was to work in the diplomatic corps. As a result of the corrupt political situation in my country of origin, this dream never came to fruition. As I began to search for alternative careers, I found out about library science. I applied to schools in the U.S. and got admission with full tuition and graduate assistantship in PA. During my doctoral studies at another university, I discovered that teaching was part of librarianship. That’s how I felt at home in my profession.
What’s a normal day like for you?
Check my messages. Start working on my instruction projects either individually or with a team of other librarians. Work on the reference desk. Go to a class to introduce students and other members of the community to library resources. Meet with my colleagues to plan strategies on how to make our libraries and university part of the 21st century.
What is the greatest benefit of working in higher education and why?
When people hear about higher education, teaching seems to be the buzzword. I am infatuated with teaching. My passion for teaching becomes more meaningful each day. I learn so much from my teaching moments. I have been humbled to accept that even if I put 10 hours of preparation time into my teaching, what I get back from "students" far exceeds what I put in.
If I had to sum up my job in one word, it would be teach.