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Wendi Kaspar


Couldn’t commit

As the end of the school year approached, I found myself having more and more conversations with students about what comes next. I am not sure if it is the economy or social pressures, but it seemed like the level of near-panic over life after graduation was higher than before. I know a lot of these students—some worked in the library, some were students in instructions sessions I had taught or who had sought me out for consults on papers or research projects, some served on committees—but the pressure to find the answer to the rest of their lives was the same. As they looked for jobs and considered life after college, a number of them asked me how I knew that I wanted to be a librarian.

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