Meet Alan
Student Assistant in Bapst Library
By Alan Lipchin

I have been working at Bapst Library since the beginning of my freshman year. I remember when I toured Boston College, my tour guide mentioned to me that it was when she walked into Gargan Hall for the first time that she decided to come to BC. Growing up in Chestnut Hill, BC was practically my backyard. So by the time I was visiting colleges, I already had my heart set on going to BC. When I saw Bapst for the first time on that tour, though, I knew I had to work there.

meet Alan

Photo by Kevin Tringale

I am a sophomore in CSOM concentrating in Finance and double majoring in Philosophy. The reason I am doing the Philosophy major is because of the Perspectives class that I took with Professor Kerry Cronin whose office is actually located in Bapst. It is nice seeing Kerry at work and getting to catch up, since she often comes in and out of her office at the Lonergan Institute, located next to Gargan Hall.

I am so thankful I got the job as a circulation desk assistant here at Bapst. It is so great to work at a library, especially at one like Bapst, because I am constantly around very studious and dedicated students and it inspires me to work even harder. Also, the staff at Bapst are some of the nicest people at BC. It's so wonderful coming to work every week and getting to work with such great role-models. We have a very close-knit staff at Bapst and that makes for a greatly collaborative working environment.

My shifts at Bapst consist of shelving, shelf-reading (managing my section of the Art Stacks), helping patrons check out books, and giving people directions to the bathroom (my most common task). Working at Bapst has also given me a new appreciation for art. Since Bapst houses almost all of the art books and collections at BC, I mostly work with architecture, painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography books during my shifts and, as a result, I've learned a lot more about these forms of art.

As for my other involvements, there are three organizations I have been a part of since my freshman year. One is the Student Admission Program (SAP), for which I give tours, sit on information panels, host day visits, and greet prospective students in Devlin Hall. I was lucky enough to be part of the SAP Summer Staff this past summer, which gave me a greater appreciation for the work of the BC admission counselors and SAP, in general. I also am the prospective student outreach coordinator for the BC Hillel, our Jewish student organization. I especially look forward to our weekly Friday night home-cooked Shabbat dinners. Finally, I am part of the Appalachia Volunteers (aka Appa). I recently went on a trip with Appa to help build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Exmore, Virginia. Appa was a really rewarding experience that I recommend doing before graduation!

I have absolutely loved my first year at Bapst and I am looking forward to my next three, working at my favorite place on campus!

Alan Lipchin, CSOM in Finance & Philosophy ‘15