If you received any mail related to the recent St. Mary’s Gives fundraising campaign, you probably saw Library student worker Ivan Messi featured!
Born in Cameroon, Ivan almost went to Mount St. Mary’s instead of SMCM, but transferred at the last minute thanks to the scholarship he received through the DeSousa-Brent Scholars Program. Ivan is currently a Senior Political Science major interested in business and entrepreneurship, working on both a Senior Seminar and independent study project. Though he was planning on studying computer science at the beginning of his college career, Ivan was drawn to political science because of the willingness to talk about difficult issues in class and not shy away from tough topics.
He began working at the Library as a circulation assistant his sophomore year, in 2014. Though he was initially looking for any open positions on campus, Ivan enjoys the relaxed atmosphere working in the Library offers and a flexible work schedule that helps him manage class, studying, and rugby team, which he has been on since his first year at St. Mary’s. But his favorite part of his job is interacting with people and helping to get them started with their research, no matter what they are studying.