Look Who We Spotted in the Library


Devan Carmody is a junior from Tolland, Connecticut majoring in Accounting.

Why do you use the library, Devan?

I get distracted in the dorms. I find that the library is a good place to go when I need to focus.

Do you have your own secret spot in the library?

If I really need to get work done, I go to the second floor and find a cubicle. The first floor of the library is great for group projects and for socializing, but it’s just too noisy for me when I really need to concentrate.

Do you typically study alone or in a group?

It varies by class, but for most of my accounting coursework, I study in a group. 

What do you like best about the library?

I like the atmosphere of the library and the motivation I get from being around other people who are studying. I find that there are just too many temptations for me not to study when I’m in the dorm.

Do you have any suggestions on how the library could improve services?

Yes, I think the library should get more tables. The library gets crowded, and it’s hard to find a spot to study sometimes.

Do you think that the services offered by the library have helped you in your coursework?

Yes, definitely. The thing that has helped me the most is being able to use the mobile white boards. It makes life so much easier when working on group projects to have the ability to use the boards. I’d love to see the library purchase a few more of them.

Have you read any good books lately?

Yes, I’m reading Making Peace by George Mitchell for an International Negotiations course, and I’m really enjoying it.

EBooks. Yay or Nay?

I read for pleasure on a Kindle, but find it difficult to use eBooks as textbooks. It’s just easier for me to turn back a few pages in a physical book than it is to navigate through an eBook.

What are your secret survival strategies?

One of my best strategies is something I learned the hard way--don’t start your homework or your projects too close to the deadline.

What’s your dream job?

I want to be a CPA.

How would you like to help our world, Devan?

I give back by working with disabled children. I’ve been doing that since high school and find it incredibly rewarding. Last summer, I worked with a child who has autism helping her to learn life skills. I like knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life.