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Student Spotlight: Kian Flynn

Kian Flynn

What I love about long-distance running is that it allows you to strive for a long-term goal while still appreciating the journey.

My student experience at the University of Washington has been like my long-distance running training. When I started, I knew where I wanted to go but didn’t realize just how incredible my time here would be.  

As a Libraries graduate student employee, I was able to learn from great librarian mentors who gave me hands-on experiences using what are now some of my favorite UW Libraries tools: Social Explorer, a database that lets users create maps and tables featuring US demographic information, and Mergent Online, a database of financial and historical data about US and international companies.

Just as important, my UW Libraries Student Employee Scholarship, one of 12 awarded in 2016, meant I could focus on learning, connecting with other students and staff, and gaining the skills I’d need for my degree instead of worrying about finances. It let me create my own Husky experience and enjoy the journey.

I’m proud to say I received my Master’s degree last June, and am now the Geography and Global Studies Librarian at the UW!

The support of generous Libraries supporters helped me reach my dream. The UW Libraries Student Employee Endowed Scholarship fund helps students like me discover their potential, and makes their UW experience truly transformative. As the second largest employer on campus, the Libraries hires more than 360 students each quarter. The student employee scholarships benefit students from all of backgrounds and fields of study, and with your help the Libraries can award more scholarships to deserving students.