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Washington State University

Technical Assistant

May - August 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I love the team and the ability to help customers with their tech issues.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Software Engineering Intern

June 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

It was a very unique and valuable experience for an undergraduate, especially one studying philosophy as there aren't many opportunities for undergrad philosophy research.

What I wish was different

Nothing, really.

Advice

Have a structured timeline.
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Maintance

May - August 2017 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

It was a flexible job for being a university student at the time.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have taken the time to learn some of the other skills within this position.

Advice

Enjoy your time at WSU as a student and worker it will be a pleasant memory when you look back.
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Technical Assistant I

February 2018 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

The hours worked really well for me, and the management staff is fantastic!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked more hours

Advice

Be open to new work experiences, even if you don't have a lot of prior experience
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Cougar Kids Camp

May 2018 - August 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I liked working with a great group of individuals who shared similar interests. Also, the kids are amazing and they made work fun every single day.

What I wish was different

I worked there for two years and some of the kids had been going to this camp for a while so they knew everything about camp. Maybe making some major changes rather than small ones.

Advice

You are going to be working with young kids, so be ready to bring a lot of energy. Also, no one is too cool for camp.
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Student Intern

May - August 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I liked that I lived with other people in different scientific disciplines and we shared our research project and experiences. My internship experience specifically had a lot of field trips to help understand what was going on in the field and issues they faced.

What I wish was different

I wish that they housing was a little better. The house I was placed in was dirty which was expected for a frat house but it also didn't have AC which was a problem as Pullman gets hot in the summer. I also wished that for field trips that it was better organized, I usually had to coordinate with other people to drive to the location which was kind of a problem since parking was sparse in some areas.

Advice

Living in the house with people with all sorts of personalities can be hard. So make friends with who you want, you don't have to go with the group dynamic.
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Lab Tech

July 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

great people to work with!

What I wish was different

I had started looking for opportunities earlier

Advice

keep looking for opportunities and talk with advisors about your goals
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Display Garden Maintenance

June 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I am a Landscape Architecture student. I spent the summer maintaining and redesigning sections of the display garden outside Ensminger Hall. I loved being outside and being able to work with the plants. It was a wonderful way to gain a much better understanding of what it takes to maintain our designs.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I loved this experience.

Advice

Always wear gardening gloves.
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Clerical Assistant

June 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I was able to obtain a lot of customer service experience while also applying the skills I learned in the classroom in my daily work environment

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little more onboard training in the beginning

Advice

Be prepared to do a lot of problem solving and use quick judgement when responding to clients
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Information Technology Consultant

May 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

It was a experience to learn and help with questions about computers and the softwares that we’re used.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Summer Advantage

June - July 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

What I like about this summer position was that I had the opportunity to meet new residents and still be living on campus. Also gave me the opportunity to take classes while working.

What I wish was different

I would wish to have a more organized working system.

Advice

Get along with all residents, and staff. It goes a long way!
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Geotechnical Engineering Technician

September 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

The nice balance between field and lab work.

What I wish was different

So far everything has been going great

Advice

Network network network. Even if you are not planning on attending graduate school, having a research opportunity on your resume looks great when you are applying for full time jobs/internships.
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Facility Manager

May 2018 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

University Recreations offers so many opportunities for professional growth. I started at the front desk, became an office administrator after 3 months, and manager 5 months after that. Additionally, I've been involved with two councils that give me chances to improve in areas that reinforce my major and career path. For example, one council plans our annual banquet. My aspiration is to be a corporate event planner, so working directly with the company directors is great experience and connection creation.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't just get involved, but apply yourself beyond your comfort level. This job has taught me the meaning of "reap what you sow" by giving me opportunities to better myself every single day. By being involved with my coworkers and superior managers, I have accelerated my abilities to be confident, professional, and patient. I'm challenged at University Recreation to be a diligent leader; when all these years before I was convinced I was a follower. Find a place where you can grow.
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Library Assistant

May 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

It's a nice relaxing work environment and all the staff are nice

What I wish was different

Nothing really

Advice

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Writing Consultant

August 2017 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

Was good

What I wish was different

More money

Advice

None
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NARA Intern

June - August 2019 • Mccall, ID

What I liked

Coworkers, teaching opportunity, location, presentation of research

What I wish was different

Advice

Apply to undergraduate summer research. Go to the undergraduate research offices.
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Library Assistant Intern

August 2018 • Vancouver, WA

What I liked

I like working in an environment where I get to interact with students and professors. I love that I can leave class and walk to the next building and go to work.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Definitely look into this job as work study. You will gain so much experience and get to do different roles. The staff members in the libarary are awesome and so outgoing.
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Lab Technician

May - August 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I was not always under supervision. I had the freedom to make choices as long as I got the expected tasks done in the allotted time.

What I wish was different

Less redundancy. I did the same things every 4 days and it started to get a little boring after a while.

Advice

Be interested in insects/research and learning new processes in a molecular lab.
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Audio-Visual Production Specialist

June 2019 • Pullman, WA

What I liked

I was able to use my creativity. I was given the opportunity to learn and make minor mistakes. My boss was gratuitous enough to gently correct me.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more hours

Advice

If you want to get into radio or tv, this is a great starting position.
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