Rachel Loria

Many of our student assistants start at Alma College Library as first year students and work on through their four years.  We were lucky that we had a position open for Rachel when she was beginning her Junior year.  We were also lucky to benefit from Rachel’s experience as she came to us after participating in Alma College’s Chicago program, where she interned at the prestigious Newberry Library.  Rachel really enjoyed the experience and credits it as starting her on her path to becoming a librarian.

My hometown when I was a student was

Sterling Heights, Michigan

I graduated in


I studied

A little bit of everything - ain’t liberal arts educations grand? In theory though, I studied English Literature. With a self-created emphasis in Library Science!

I currently live in

Ferndale, Michigan.

I am now

Working for Shelby Township Library, in the Circulation Department.

Since graduating from Alma

I am living with my sister in a tiny apartment in a big hipster neighborhood and working a ton.  I just graduated from Wayne State University in December 2013 with a Masters in Library and Information Science!  In addition to my library job, I recently landed a gig hosting pub trivia twice a week and am finishing up an internship in Records Management at Deloitte and Touche.

I have re-adjusted to life in the big city! I miss my Alma bubble, the Library, exam treats, intellectual stimulation and afternoon naps.

My Alma education

Was chock full of learning! I cannot believe how relevant my liberal arts education truly was; I constantly find myself thinking critically and in-depth—often at the same level as my much more “seasoned” colleagues (both in graduate school and in the real world setting), and I have Alma College to thank for that.  Somehow the college managed to infuse my brain with smarts!

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The library tables for studying, the circulation desk for working and the archives for my Independent Study.  Were there other buildings aside from the library? I cannot remember…

My favorite professors(s) included

Dr. Wendt! All of her classes proved so relevant to my future endeavors, including the importance of digital technology for literature-based fields.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Honestly, all of my best memories were in the library.  My boss was incredible (Melissa Hovey: love you!), and the experiences I gained working there prepared me so much for everything I am doing now.  I am beyond grateful for how all of the staff was readily willing to work with me on various library assignments, projects and educational goals/pursuits.  I know I would not have gotten where I am today without the help of everyone there.