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Western Washington University

Computer Science Research Assistant

January 2020 • Bellingham, WA

What I liked

Flexible hours

What I wish was different

More robust website/queue system.

Advice

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Biology Research Intern

May - August 2018 • Bellingham, WA

What I liked

I enjoyed the patience of the professor I worked with in introducing me to the workings of the lab, and teaching me all of the protocols and techniques I'd be using throughout the internship. Overall, I liked being able to connect the biology and chemistry knowledge I learned in lectures to the real world, and contribute to the greater project that that lab group is involved with.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been more prepared going into this internship. While I knew enough to make my way through the lab, I wish I spent more time refreshing on biological concepts and laboratory techniques before the internship began so I didn't have to catch up so quickly throughout the first few weeks.

Advice

Don't be afraid to make mistakes or admit that you don't know something. I had to learn to be okay with telling my professor that I was confused or didn't know how to carry out the protocol, and she was very accepting each time and helped me take the steps to develop a deeper understanding of what I was doing.
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Research Assistant

June 2018 • Bellingham, WA

What I liked

The International experience in combination with the research conducted was amazing!

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Go into the experience with an open mind. An international experience requires flexibility and a willingness to interact with a diverse team.
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