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Kent State University

Summer Conference Assistant

May - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Flexible hours so I could choose the shifts I liked doing.

What I wish was different

Better communication between RHDs and SCA's on how things should be done and earlier response to problems about not getting enough hours.

Advice

Make your grievances known early, especially if they are affecting your quality of living.
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Research Fellow - Department of Geography

June - August 2020 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Completed a 12 week full time research project with a faculty member on a subject I was passionate about.

What I wish was different

If it weren't for COVID, I would have done this project in person and would have lived on campus. Additionally I would have been paid to do it.

Advice

Research is key for those going into academia, and being a published researcher before getting into grad school will look great on your application.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - July 2020 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I loved my teammates and the chance to meet students from around the country with similar interests to me.

What I wish was different

Obviously, I wish it could have been in person, but we made the most of our online experience.

Advice

The first two weeks are really hard! There is a LOT of background information needed for any new research project and it can be really intimidating to catch up. It is possible, though! They don't expect you to know everything right away.
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Conference Assistant

June - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

The experience

What I wish was different

The number of hours I got for a better pay

Advice

You will learn a lot about customer service.
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SURE Program Candidate

June - August 2020 • Kent, OH

What I liked

The exposure this program gave me to research. I have been debating whether research is for me or not, trying to understand the path I want to take for my future for a long time now. The Summer Undergraduate Research Program gave me a chance to put my foot forward in this field and experience it.

What I wish was different

Everything was remote. (Given the circumstances, it is understandable) but the true essence of working in scientific research biology comes from working in the lab which I did not get to. At all. I wish I was called over at least once or twice to see the research I was working on and learning for.

Advice

Its great but it depends on you to make the most of it. I wish I had been more active or communicative with my mentors. I have been trying to juggle things since the semester started but you don't have to juggle things over summer, you don't have 18 credits to be after. So, use that time to build your connections and network with your mentors and more
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Student Tech Support Assistant

September 2018 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I like how laid back the job is. Being able to make my own schedule and having an office.

What I wish was different

I wish the pay was greater.

Advice

This job is not difficult as long as you can stay organized.
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Tutor

August 2018 • Kent, OH

What I liked

The people

What I wish was different

Everything was great

Advice

Adaptability is key
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Student Digital Communications - Web Developer

January 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Working with Kent State's Institutional Advancement department provided me with the opportunity to both learn more about the University as well as to advance my own skill and understanding of web dev. with regards to grassroots fundraising.

What I wish was different

Everything at Advancement was phenomenal! I acquired so much knowledge. Every skill I have acquired has been a result of learning either on the job or at home on a project.

Advice

If you have a passion for digital campaigning, grassroots fundraising and/or advancing the University's message, the advancement communications team is one of the greatest environments in Kent.
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Sports Performance Intern

June - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

It was a full time exposre to collegiate strength and conditioning. You lived in the weight room and got to learn everything that goes into the strength and conditioning profession.

What I wish was different

Just being more aware of the time commitment.

Advice

A true strength and conditioning internship is a full time job. It takes a lot of time. If you're interested in this field, make the commitment for a couple months and learn and grow, it's only a couple months if you hate it.
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Lab Registrant

May - June 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I got to connect with incoming students.

What I wish was different

How the process was handled.

Advice

Do not embarrass yourself always trying to relate incoming students. People are constantly changing so we are all different which in turn leads that some people will not relate to one another.
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Neurobiology Research assistant

May - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Great skill development and mentorship by Gemma Casadesus-Smith

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Lab research experience is the best way to prepare for grad school!
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Camp Counselor

June - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed working with a wide range of children.

What I wish was different

Advice

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McNair

January 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

The amount of support and development I gained.

What I wish was different

More time preparing for the Summer research institute.

Advice

Take advantage of all of the resources that are being allotted to you. And make as many connections as you can. You never know who may have the key to the door you have been wanting to unlock.
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Student Assistant

May 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Apply to as many jobs as you can.
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Human Development and Family Studies Undergraduate Research Assistant

April 2018 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Flexible Hours, the team, connection to the participants

What I wish was different

An increase in workload, had insanely slow days

Advice

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July 2018 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I enjoy working on campus and being able to walk to class before or after work.

What I wish was different

I wish I could work more than 28 hours as a student worker.

Advice

Get an on campus job if you live on campus!
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Information Operator

May 2018 • Kent, OH

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It is harder than it seems at first and a lot of information, but once you get used to it it is nice.
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Full-Stack Software Engineer

January 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

The atmosphere, people, and modern technology we were using.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Try and get an internship before graduation.
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Research assistant

June - December 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

Working with the graduates and the students

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

Do research experience!
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Peer Leader

June - August 2019 • Kent, OH

What I liked

I liked working with the suds T’s try to improve themselves

What I wish was different

I wish I’ve could’ve connected better with some students

Advice

It takes patience and time to get adjusted to students but it’s worth it
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