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Grinnell College - Student On-Campus Employment

Student Researcher

May - August 2019 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Invest yourself and don’t shy away from challenges. It may be difficult in the moment but you’re building the foundation of knowledge that will make the concepts easier to grasp at a deeper level.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June 2019 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

I loved working one-to-one with a very knowledgeable and caring faculty. Meeting with the professor ever so often and getting assistance as needed allowed me to grow and learn at my own pace. Also, spending so much time on just one topic was easier than jiggling four classes as I do during the school year.

What I wish was different

I wish I did this opportunity during summer after sophomore year, which would allow me to get an internship during summer after junior year, which usually results in job.

Advice

Get a research opportunity during summer after your sophomore year.
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Communications Intern

March 2019 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

I enjoyed the freedom I had to work on projects that were meaningful to me, while also contributing to the office's needs.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a little more oversight on what I should do in between assignments. Sometimes I would be fully loaded with work and others I would be pretty free.

Advice

When writing, have patience with the review process and take editing seriously!
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Student researcher

May 2018 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the mentorship from my professor. She gave many opportunities for us to receive feedback on our weekly work and kept us on track to get the most done during the 2-3 months. Working with peers to complete a bigger project was valuable to gain team building skills and collaboration techniques.

What I wish was different

I wish we got to engage with more of the other research students who were there. I couldn't get to meet as many new people as I hoped because I spent more time in lab and independent work than I did engaging with people outside my research group.

Advice

To take research seriously. Just because it's undergraduate research, one shouldn't feel less obligated to do well. I wouldn't recommend leaning back on the safety net of being a student researcher, and rather confront the project as though you are an employee (which you technically are).
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • Grinnell, IA

What I liked

I liked how convenient it was to do work with people who weren't complete strangers

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more contact with my research advisor.

Advice

Grinnell has a lot of things to do in the summer if you just know where to look
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