Meet Our Talented Student Assistants: Nicholas Seider

Nicholas Seider

The Pollak Library and Irvine Campus Library are among the largest employers of student assistants at Cal State Fullerton. We have a long history of recruiting and mentoring talented students from across all majors, and are now actively engaged in the campus-wide strategic goal of developing High Impact Practices (HIPs) for these students to help them better succeed in their educational and professional goals. The work they do for us is invaluable, and our libraries could not deliver the high level of services we provide to our campus community and the public without their efforts and expertise.

Meet University’s Archives & Special Collections student assistant Nicholas Seider!


What is your name and student job title?

My name is Nicholas Seider. I am a student assistant.

In what section or unit of the Pollak Library do you work?

I assist our archivist, Patricia Prestinary in the University’s Archives & Special Collections.

What is your student job in a nutshell?

I help manage the archive’s reading room by assisting students, faculty, and the community with their research inquiries. I also assist Patricia Prestinary with handling, organizing, and maintaining archival materials. I also have had the opportunity to highlight some of our archive’s treasures by curating window displays in the display case outside the archive.

How long have you been at the Pollak Library?

I started as an intern in January 2016 and was hired as a student assistant last summer.

What are your major/degree and/or graduate field, and intended date of completion for your current degree?

I am a history major and expect to graduate next spring.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose history as my major because I am passionate about understanding people and societies from the past. I think history is a fulfilling pursuit and am excited to contribute to the process of understanding, interpreting, and communicating the story of the human species.

What career/s are you interested in?

I hope to work at historic sites in the state or national parks services, teach at community colleges, or assist as a researcher for history documentaries.

Has your student work at the Pollak Library helped prepare you for your future career field?

Absolutely it has. Historians don’t often see the work done behind archive doors, and I’m glad to be a part of the research process that takes place ‘behind the scenes’. Our archivist, Patricia Prestinary, is a brilliant employer. With her as a guide, I’ve learned how to handle and interpret rare and delicate artifacts. I’ve also gained experience in research and project planning.

What are your passions or interests outside of work and school?

I enjoy camping whenever there is enough time, and regularly drive out to Mojave National Preserve to enjoy the quiet of the desert. I also am involved in local politics and am currently serving a two year term as a State Central Committee Member of the California Democratic Party.

What is the last book you read, or the last book you loved?

I am particularly fond of Carl Sagan’s works, especial Pale Blue Dot and The Dragons of Eden. I also enjoy Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

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