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Tavashia Berry — Information Science

Posted September 17, 2019
By Maria Jutton


Tavashia Berry is a fourth-year information science student in the School of Library and Information Science. She chose to study at the University of South Carolina because its information science program is the only one in the state. Since coming to South Carolina, Berry has discovered that her dream of becoming a librarian can open many more opportunities.

“I have come to realize that I can do just about anything with this degree,” she says. “I started looking through jobs and I’m like, ‘Netflix needs a data collections manager and I have done all of this in just one of my classes, so I can work for Netflix if I want to.’”

Berry’s first internship was a Smithsonian Externship in Washington, D.C. She and other students were able to visit each Smithsonian museum and meet directors to learn about how descriptions of artifacts are written. In summer 2019, she interned with an IT specialist in her hometown of Summerville, South Carolina. She was able to use her computer skills to code and to repair hard drives.

In her spare time, Berry writes and hopes to be published one day. She especially enjoys mystery, suspense and horror. She is also an officer of the university’s anime club, which celebrates Japanese pop culture.

After graduation, Berry hopes to enter graduate school at South Carolina or become a Fulbright Scholar and study interactive digital communications in Argentina. She still has a dream of being a librarian with a focus on teenagers, who she feels are often overlooked.

 
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Maria Jutton

 Maria Jutton is a fourth-year print journalism student and Dean's Communications Fellow at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is especially passionate about international communications and will pursue overseas work after she graduates in May 2020.


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