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Augsburg University

Information Technology Assistant

October 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Gaining more experience in the IT field and expanding my IT knowledge

What I wish was different

I wish I could have gotten more hours

Advice

It is great experience for anyone in an MIS or CSC major
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URGO Research

May - July 2020 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

It was a good way to get experience doing research and to realize whether this would be the path I want to take. My mentor was really nice and I'm happy with my experience.

What I wish was different

I had to do it in the middle of a pandemic, so I wished I could go more into the lab, but this wasn't anyone fault, still was a really good experience.

Advice

I would encourage everyone to do research. Research it's not just for STEM mayors, it's for everyone, and it's the best way to learn about your field in interest.
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financial aid

May - August 2020 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

flexible hours

What I wish was different

fulltime instead of part time

Advice

patience
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

This is a great learning experience, especially those within STEM. I am a physics student (graduating in Spring 2020) and this research helped me explore applications of physics within a lab setting. It also encouraged me to build confidence and independence.

What I wish was different

I wish I could've researched something within the field I'm most interested, aerospace engineering, but those studies aren't offered at Augsburg. I'm hoping I can fulfill that interest in my graduate studies, where I plan to obtain a Master's (or PhD, depending on how much I enjoy research) in Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics at the U of M.

Advice

Make sure to explore your options. Each faculty member has their own research that they're conducting. It's important to find a professor who's research interests you, or develop a project that interests both you and the professor. The latter is what I did with my research advisor. We combined my interest in mechanical engineering and his interest in biophysics & food science to develop our project to build a 3D printer that prints paste materials (chocolate, for example).
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orientation leader

January - September 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Working with other student leaders, learning things about Augsburg, mentoring and helping first-years & interacting with and meeting new people

What I wish was different

More communication between different departments (ie. campus life, residence life, admissions, etc.)

Advice

Be open and be yourself; let yourself be fully apart of your team. Care about what you’re doing and make sure the first-years know you care.
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Orientation Leader

January - November 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

It was an incredible experience getting to connect with so many new students at Augsburg. Being present as a mentor, community member, and resource, and knowing that I was making a tangible difference in students' lives was fulfilling.

What I wish was different

The schedule was incredibly grueling, with work days during SOAR being roughly 18 hours long. It would have been nice, for the sake of both the OLs and the students, if orientation programming was broken up between more days to allow more time for rest and sleep.

Advice

Being an Orientation Leader is a tough job, with long hours and all sorts of potential variables that can cause chaos. One difficult dynamic is that OLs have to act cheerful and calm through it all. Because of this, it's very important for every OL to depend on each other. If you're an OL and you run into a difficult situation or feel drained, don't be afraid to ask your peers for help. You're all in this together.
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Environmental Stewardship Committee Coordinator

September 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Working with a team, learning how to table about an important topic and talk to other students, all the cool events I get looped into and get to go through the job, and making change on campus.

What I wish was different

Better communication with the team and my campus and having more time to commit to projects.

Advice

Make sure you work on your self motivation and holding yourself accountable to your work.
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Sociology Research Assistant

June 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I really have continued to love this experience. I have learned so much about research procedures as well as been able to tie my experiences back into the classroom.

What I wish was different

I wish could have been able to focus only on the research project during my fall semester but classes made it difficult due to time available to do the necessary work.

Advice

I would advice that if anyone wants to go after a position, apply because the worst thing that could happen is that you do not get offered a position. Do not limit yourself because of your own fear or else you will miss out on many opportunities.
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Student Program Assitant

October 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved everything about this job. It not only taught me how to expand my communication skills and networking skills but also how to be organized, timely, and overall how to find joy in working!

What I wish was different

I loved everything I learned from this job but the one thing I wish had been different was finding more ways for us to print out less paper and try and find other solutions but we also need to be accommodating so I understand why we did that.

Advice

To breathe and just enjoy what you are learning and who you are with! It goes my so fast!
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Air chemistry research

June 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

It was really creative.

What I wish was different

I wished we had a stronger sense of urgency.

Advice

It’s really easy going but it’s importent to know what your doing and you have to have a vision.
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Grounds Caretaker

May 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I like that fact that we are always moving around and is always outside gardening and taking care of the school environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing much really.

Advice

Must be patient and enjoy being outside in the summer.
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WRITING tutor

May 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I like the job and the easiness to apply

What I wish was different

That the website has not been needed since. It seems to be just for formality

Advice

Always be working on your resume
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URGO Summer Researcher

May - July 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved being pushed by supportive faculty to shape my own personal research in a way that would be fulfilling to my interests and goals.

What I wish was different

I wish some of the professional development would have been more comprehensive.

Advice

When choosing a faculty mentor, make sure to find someone in your field who will take a supportive and active role in your research experience.
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Student Researcher

May 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved the experience of being in the lab and confirming that it is something I want to do as a career in the future. Plus, it's my second summer working as a student researcher with Dr. Bankers-Fulbright and I enjoy working with her.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to be able to enjoy the perks of summer.

Advice

Go to the STEM office and ask about research opportunities and continue to network!
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Orientation leader

January - September 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

The enjoyed the people that I worked with during the experience

What I wish was different

It was an amazing experience and nothing comes to mind of what I would change

Advice

Don't take advantage of sleep. You might regret by the end of orientation.
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Chemistry Researcher

June 2019 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

It is a great experience, I worked with an amazing lab mates. Also it helped me apply my knowledge to a real world problems

What I wish was different

Advice

Commite to it, and try to learn as much as you can
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Augsburg Residence Life lead

April - August 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

Co workers created an enthusiastic environment

What I wish was different

Advice

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Registrar Student Worker

March 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I really like the other Registrar's office staff and student workers. It's a great environment!

What I wish was different

Advice

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orientation leader

January 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

I loved everything about being an orientation leader here at Augsburg! It taught me great leadership skills and how to facilitate discussions.

What I wish was different

Honestly nothing.

Advice

That you are not labeled by your comfort zone and that you can go beyond it.
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Orientation Leader

November 2017 - September 2018 • Minneapolis, MN

What I liked

The networking and experiences

What I wish was different

Maybe less intense training time

Advice

Commit yourself to the job. Inner meltdown outter calm.
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