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John Carroll University

Orientation Leader

May - August 2020 • Gibsonia, PA

What I liked

I loved the people I worked with as well as the social element of my job. I enjoyed interacting with incoming freshman and getting them excited about JCU.

What I wish was different

I wish that we could have been in person, but with COVID unfortunately we had to be remote.

Advice

I would share that confidence in this role is key, and if you don't know the answer to a question, be honest and follow up.
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Volunteer

September - December 2019 • Cleveland Heights, OH

What I liked

For this experience, it was students from John Carroll helping children learn to read.

What I wish was different

Nothing to change.

Advice

Be patient with the children.
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Summer Work Force

July - August 2020 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

Great atmosphere, developed great team building skills. Had control over the execution of various projects.

What I wish was different

Given the COVID-19 situation, everything was fine.

Advice

Be prepared to work hard (physically).
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Biology Research Intern

June - August 2020 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

This was a fantastic experience! I love lab work, and the additional speaker series was really helpful.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have started earlier, but that's life in a COVID world, you know?

Advice

Make sure to go to the talks-- they're worth the time.
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Orientation Leader

May 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Making connections with first year families and answering all there questions about JCU

What I wish was different

Nothing the orientation team is fantastic and always well prepared

Advice

It’s hard work and dedication that’s what makes it so worth it!
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Tour Guide

May 2019 • University Hts, OH

What I liked

A relaxed and fun work environment

What I wish was different

More people on campus

Advice

Giving tours is a great way to improve your public speaking skills
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JCU Work Force

May - August 2019 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

Consistent 40 hours a week plus overtime occasionally. My boss was great and very intentional about making it a good Summer for us. The work day was different every day which made it more desirable to go to work everyday.

What I wish was different

I wish we had better collaboration with other departments when working together to achieve certain tasks. It was difficult to work with people that felt entitled to not work sometimes.

Advice

Be ready work hard, helping John Carroll University and all those who could need assistance in any way. This can be tough work but very rewarding if you work hard. It was a fun Summer on campus and making new friends.
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John Carroll Immersion Participant

May - June 2019 • Tegucigalpa, Francisco Morazán Department

What I liked

Amazing experience to immerse yourself in another culture that is different from your own. I learned a lot about healthcare and poverty in other countries.

What I wish was different

I wish the experience was longer.

Advice

Be open to the experience and try to go in with no expectations because you will learn and see a lot while your down there.
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Orientation Leader

May 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

The ability to work within a team and adapt to a group

What I wish was different

Advice

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Mail room assistant

June - September 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed getting a better understanding of the university and how it operates/ where things were around campus.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been paid more and had more help.

Advice

Have fun, and keep a positive attitude there’s a great group of positive people you’ll be working alongside.
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Computational Chemistry Research

May - August 2019 • University Hts, OH

What I liked

I loved being able to be on campus doing research that I love while getting paid for it.

What I wish was different

Nothing I can think of.

Advice

Make sure to apply for the SURF program because it is amazing.
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Resident Assistant

May - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

The working environment and strengthening of my communication and time management skills.

What I wish was different

The compensation method. Throughout the summer, you do receive housing, but not an hourly or monthly stipend.

Advice

Be adaptable, it is a low-action work environment with great people. Visit the RA's on duty and be ready to help whenever needed.
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Reunion Weekend Leader

May - July 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

I liked being able to lead a team with another leader by my side. I appreciated the uplifting and awesome atmosphere. Working with Alumni Relations at John Carroll was a great way to network with alumni and strengthen my knowledge of campus resources.

What I wish was different

A bigger workspace.

Advice

Set reminders for yourself for updating forms, learning names for the students you will be guiding that weekend, and be prepared for long workdays leading up to the event. It's a wonderful experience and I recommend it for anyone going into event planning and customer service experience!
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Help Desk student Technician

May - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Easy Scheduling, Good pay, Good people, Similar job as the helpdesk during the school year. Got to meet a lot of people.

What I wish was different

I wish we would have gotten more admin jobs to do. Towards the end of the summer I got to do more of what I wanted, but for a lot of the summer it was just busy work.

Advice

It is a good job and I do recommend it. Speak to John Mack in IT if you are interested. You will get to practice a lot of tech skills.
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Student Researcher

May - August 2019 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed the experience that I gained in the SURF program. I was able to engage in research and technical practice which I would not have been able to without this program.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Desk attendant

January 2018 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Able to work more hours than usual.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have worked more.

Advice

Work as much as possible
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Tour Guide

August 2017 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

I love being a tour guide and being able to talk about a place I love to others.

What I wish was different

In the summers not many people are able to work, so it can be draining.

Advice

Be excited and prepared
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Web Development and Digital Media Intern

January 2018 • University Heights, OH

What I liked

Comfortable, relaxing, and engaging work environment. Many different tasks that keep the job interesting and interactive, as well as a flexible schedule.

What I wish was different

I hope to see more marketing tasks that relate to graphic design and digital advertising in my future days with JCU IMC.

Advice

A major benefit to finding an internship on campus is that the schedule is much more flexible with colleagues being more understanding of your class schedule, as well as less travel time allowing you to work more hours.
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Office of Residence Life - Summer Assistant

May - August 2018 • University Hts, OH

What I liked

I loved the diversity and inclusion role that The Office of Residence Life takes. Every experience with the professional staff is a warm and welcoming one, therefore, I have made many lasting connections. Working at John Carroll of the summer also enabled me to get to know more of the faculty and staff from other departments, gain respect for all of their work and the work done over the summer, and grow my network.

What I wish was different

The only thing about working at John Carroll over the summer that can be frustrating is the lack of people on campus. Residence Life does the best they can in continuing to organize events, however, it can get a little bit lonely.

Advice

My advice about this experience would be to go into it with an open mind and ready hands. The work is consistent and absolutely necessary in order to keep the school running and profitable during the summer. This means that sometimes days go long because of what needs to be done for the next day but that if you're ready to work hard, you can get ahead and have fun doing it.
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Psychology Research Assistant

June - August 2018 • University Hts, OH

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Even if you are not a Psychology major, (I wasn't) I would still encourage students to broaden their horizons and look to get involved. You never know what you like or don't like unless you try it.
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