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Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

RA

June - August 2020 • Bristol, RI

What I liked

I liked having gainful employment and my coworkers

What I wish was different

The organization itself is a mess. Horrible bosses and horrible hours. Too much work for such low pay.

Advice

Kids are great, bosses not so much.
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Teaching Assistant

July - August 2019 • Haverford, PA

What I liked

I really liked the Instructor I worked with and getting to know the students. My fellow teaching assistants were wonderful people and I really enjoyed living on campus with them.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Teaching Assistant

June - August 2019 • Carlisle, PA

What I liked

I loved the environment and the ability to work closely with both the students and the rest of the teaching staff. I really got to see the students learn and grow throughout the program. Overall I really enjoyed it.

What I wish was different

The days were, admittedly, very long for TAs, and it is also quite a bit of work compared to the salary.

Advice

If you're thinking about it and have the time and ability, go for it. Engage with your students, go to the dances, and make the most of it.
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Lancaster, PA

What I liked

I loved making connections with the residents. The students were so smart and creative. I loved being their support system

What I wish was different

I wish the job consisted of more organization. There were many gaps in the system. The position was very go with the flow, which was counterproductive for everyone. There was miscommunication and tension. These things affected how I could perform for my position and being there for my residents which was frustrating.

Advice

I would say know your limits and how much you will and can take. Stand your ground. I would recommend a person doing this job for the first time to only do one session. Double sessions are very tiring. It becomes a long summer away from home and one is just over worked.
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Resident Assistant

July - August 2019 • Lancaster, PA

What I liked

I loved the environment and people I worked with. Everyone was so welcoming and unique.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been there for both summer sessions or just the first one so I didn't have to "catch up" during the second session.

Advice

Make sure your residents feel comfortable around you and are enjoying their experience. Go to their classes, they love when you come and participate in their classes! The students get tired so give them down time, they ask for it a lot.
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Lancaster, PA

What I liked

I really enjoyed working with the other RAs and staff. I made amazing friends. I also liked the opportunities to plan different activities on a variety of topics for the students! It was a good balance between autonomous and team-oriented. Also, I loved the kids I worked with and the impact I had on them.

What I wish was different

I wish the dates were different. The first session (there are two) runs late June to mid-July, and the second session runs mid-July to early August. I would like to be able to do one session and work another job for the rest of the summer.

Advice

Be open to new experiences, and have an open mind. A lot of these kids come from families where anything less than an A+ is failure. Helping them to feel supported and welcome and low-stress is key to their experience.
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Saratoga Springs, NY

What I liked

The work environment was fantastic at the Saratoga Springs location. The staff got a long really well and it was a very fun summer. I also learned a lot about how to effectively work with kids by being on the residential staff. As an aspiring educator, I felt getting this hands on experience was the best way to learn how to work with kids.

What I wish was different

A lot of the staff there has been there for several years so sometimes the communication between staff could have been improved.

Advice

Go in flexible and with an open mind! The children really want your support so just be prepared to be there for them.
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Young Student Teaching Assistant

June - August 2019 • Bristol, RI

What I liked

It was a really fun atmosphere. Most of the kids were super excited to be there, and I got to have fun because I worked with the young students (YS) building Lego robots. As a YS TA, I did not have classes at night so I could pretty much do anything after that point as long as I prepared for the next day's materials. I met so many awesome people from all over the country, and everyone was so interested in the work they were doing. I also I worked on the beautiful campus of Roger Williams University, with water front access. We would occasionally go kayaking right on campus, and on the weekends when it was warm we would go to the beaches and see Block Island once or twice. We also went down for the Fourth of July festivities in Bristol after classes.

What I wish was different

There is nothing I wish was different.

Advice

I would highly recommend choosing the Bristol location if possible. It's not like any other summer camp out there.
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Health Assistant

June - July 2019 • Lancaster, PA

What I liked

I enjoyed the opportunity to put clinical work into practice in a completely different environment than what I am used to. The co-workers and students made the experience very positive.

What I wish was different

I was dramatically overworked. Only one day off for the entire month of work with little to no sleep in between shifts.

Advice

Go in with an open mind and a strong will.
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Instructor

June - August 2019 • Collegeville, PA

What I liked

Working with the kids and sharing my interest in robotics and programming.

What I wish was different

The relationship with administration was sometimes difficult. The schedule was pretty grueling as well.

Advice

Be prepared. Have a lot of class material to work with but also be willing to be flexible with your students.
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Teaching Assistant

June - August 2019 • New York City, NY

What I liked

How engaging it was. I felt like I was actually doing things that impacted the people around me.

What I wish was different

More room for personal growth.

Advice

You will love it if education is something that you're passionate about. Otherwise it can be a little frustrating to work with younger kids for an extended period of time.
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Residential Advisor

June - August 2019 • Carlisle, PA

What I liked

It was a great job with great coworkers. The mission of the program aligned perfectly with my morals of helping young students which made it a great experience

What I wish was different

I wish they had been more structured breaks for Resident Advisor through the week as the job can get nerve racking and stressful

Advice

Be very open minded for the new experiences and do not forget the initial reason why you decided to do that job
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Baltimore, MD

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to do something I've never done before. I was able to move to another state for a few months and had the amazing opportunity to work directly with 26 other resident assistants to create a thriving program. Working with a group of teenagers who are more academically stimulated was a very different experience that helped change my view on working with others.

What I wish was different

I wish some of the policies were more lax, however I completely understand why they cannot be. There was a strict policy of having eyes and ears on all students at all times especially when traveling through the campus. This was an open campus with multiple other camps on it, with the camp being right in the middle of Baltimore.

Advice

This job can be stressful because you are working for three weeks straight with only one day off and only two days off if you work both sessions. Have fun with this job, and let all of the petty stuff go.
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RA

June - August 2019 • Philadelphia, PA

What I liked

Easygoing, fun job

What I wish was different

Travel costs aren't covered by CTY

Advice

Prepare yourself for long hours
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Program Assistant

June 2015 • Sandy Spring, MD

What I liked

I like that this experience allows me to gain experience working with gifted and twice exceptional students, so that as I continue to learn and obtain a degree in Education, I will be able to apply all the skills that I have learned over these years.

What I wish was different

I wish that some of the courses were longer because we are only given a short time with the students, but I understand that it is a summer program.

Advice

To work as a team with your teacher and co-workers and be able to communicate well and support one another because when you first get in, it can be very overwhelming; just know that there is always someone else there to help you.
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Teaching Assistant

June - August 2019 • Bristol, RI

What I liked

I loved working with the students and the work environment was supportive. The hands on experience was great.

What I wish was different

I wish there were less students in my specific class (chemistry)

Advice

You really have to enjoy working with students if you want to get something out of this experience.
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Haverford, PA

What I liked

This job allowed me to meet other college students from around the country as we all worked for CTY in different positions. It helped me see how other Universities run some of their programs too. I also loved working with Middle/High school students from around the world as they took classes through Johns Hopkins. The experience enriched me in different cultures and helped me learn about new identities I don't often see at my home university.

What I wish was different

I think if I were to participate in CTY again, I'd like a different role so I can gain new skills rather than doing the same job I do at my home university. I'd also like to go to another placement university so I can travel the country a little more!

Advice

It's a lot of work, expect to make a lot of new connections, but don't go into this thinking you'll have a lot of free time! You are working a majority of the time (whenever the students aren't in class). You only get one day off per session.
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Teaching Assistant (Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School)

June - August 2019 • Haverford, PA

What I liked

Working with students

What I wish was different

More flexible schedule

Advice

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Special Education Teaching Assistant

June - August 2019 • Santa Cruz, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed the uniqueness of the program and the ability to have an hands on teaching experience !

What I wish was different

I wish if I had made the lesson plan ahead of time before starting the program.

Advice

Be friendly with the student but also maintain a sense of authority !
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Teaching Assistant (Preschool, Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School)

June - August 2019 • Haverford, PA

What I liked

Working with students and helping them learn.

What I wish was different

Advice

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