By Margie Fiels
You will see Stephen in O’Neill – only if you are in the library between 8 and 9 a.m.. Stephen is a member of the library’s stacks unit that is responsible for shelving books and generally keeping the library looking neat. The mornings Stephen works he is usually pushing a cart around the entire library picking up the books for re-shelving that students left on tables the night before.
How does this senior athlete, philosophy major fit in a job while also being a member of the University’s track team? It’s not easy. He works in the early morning, goes to class until about noon each day, then attends practice for three hours. After practice there may be more classes, and then an hour of weight training before dinner. Then back to the room or the library to study. That doesn’t take into account the track meets that he travels to almost every Friday or Saturday the entire year.
Stephen was recruited to BC for his running abilities. Although recruited by other schools out of Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, Rhode Island, Stephen wanted to stay in the Northeast. He chose Boston College because he wanted to compete at the highest level available to a college athlete, Division 1. The bad news is that BC does not offer athletic scholarships to members of the track team; the good news is that’s why Stephen is working for us now. The flexible working environment available in the library suited Stephen’s busy schedule.
What does the future hold for Stephen? He is in a five year master’s program in philosophy which means he will work for us again in the Fall. Before we welcome him back in the Fall though, Stephen will graduate with his class and then take some relaxation (?) time - about a month for a mountaineering trip through Washington State and a trip to explore England. Stephen is also thinking about a career in librarianship based on his experience at O’Neill Library!
Margie Fiels is Head, Access Services.
Photo: Kevin Tringale