Featured Alum: Hannah Morrison ’18
Hannah currently works at RIT as the Remote Collections and Lending Specialist for Wallace Library. Her role is to help with interlibrary loan and resource sharing - sending resources from RIT to other colleges. These requests can be a physical book that we send through the mail or a pdf from one of our databases. She enjoys working at the library and finds it rewarding to share information with others. When she is not at the library, I enjoy traveling and finding treasures at the thrift store.
Please describe your path from SUNY Brockport to your current position.
I graduated from SUNY Brockport in 2018 and continued my education at SUNY Albany as a remote student. I received my MLS (Master’s in Library Science) in 2020 and was offered a full time job at Greece Public Library that same year. I enjoyed working at public libraries, but was ready to try something new. I started working at RIT earlier this year and am learning new things every day!
What was the most valuable lesson you learned while at SUNY Brockport?
The most valuable lesson I learned at SUNY Brockport was being able to communicate with others. I was a transfer student and started out at Genesee Community College, which was much smaller. Being at Brockport helped bring me out of my shell! I met a lot of great people through my classes and am still in touch with some of them.
What is your favorite memory from your time at SUNY Brockport?
This sounds cheesy – but meeting my best friend, Ash! I recognized her from my classes and thought it would be a good idea to exchange phone numbers in case either of us missed a class. We exchanged numbers and ended up becoming friends! Ash is still one of my best friends and I am so happy that I met her at Brockport.
What advice would you give to current SUNY Brockport students? Any special advice for our psychology majors?
My advice would be to talk to your professors! Your professors are there to help you, so take advantage of their office hours if you need help. I know it can be intimidating, but the psychology professors are awesome :).
What learned skills and/or experiences from your time at SUNY Brockport were the most transferable or useful in your current position?
My psychology background has been very helpful for my work at the library. I interact with people all the time and I’m glad that I am knowledgeable about mental health. I also learned a lot about communicating at Brockport and this has been helpful for my current job.
Please describe any challenge/obstacle you faced while at or since leaving SUNY Brockport and how you overcame/dealt with it.
I am a first-generation college student and I had to learn how I learn best. For me personally, I found it helpful to print out the slides before class and take notes by hand next to the slides. Everyone learns differently, so it took me time as a college student to see what worked best for me.