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Grand Valley State University

Front Desk Receptionist

April 2019 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

A great way to network and be involved in a different way on campus. Excellent opportunity to gain professional skills as well. I love my job.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Networking is everything. That’s how I ended up in this awesome position!
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Student Receptionist

April 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I loved getting to work in an office environment. The professors and the office coordinator were all so welcoming and very appreciative of the work.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Community Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I liked the tranquility of farm work and interacting with the other interns.

What I wish was different

I wish it was easier to apply for applicable grants that the SAP is eligible for.

Advice

Prepare to get your hands dirty!
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TRiO Upward Bound - Mathematics Tutor

May - June 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

It was nice to help high school students learn more about mathematics, as well as tell them more about what it's like to be in college.

What I wish was different

It probably would have been wise of me to research the job position more thoroughly so that I was better prepared for the job.

Advice

Before accepting a position, ask lots of questions. Even if you are set on accepting, make sure you know your role and that will set you up for success.
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IT Student Techincian

August 2017 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I liked solving problems for professors and students to help make their day go more smooth.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Student Employee

June 2018 • Grand Rapids, MI

What I liked

I loved the flexible hours, work environment, and the people I worked with.

What I wish was different

I cannot think of anything I wish would've been different.

Advice

Come to work in a good mood, and you will leave work in a good mood.
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Librarian User experience student

April 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

The staff and coworkers around me

What I wish was different

A little busier during the summer hours but this is not the jobs fault

Advice

It is a great learning experience and applicable to any future job
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conference assistant

June - August 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I enjoyed working with different campus from different sides of the state, as well as out of the state.

What I wish was different

Different small barriers, but nothing I couldn't handle.

Advice

Your coworkers make everyday worth it, they the ones who make your experience, therefore teamwork is very important.
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Student Worker

August 2016 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I love having consistent hours each week in a welcoming environment.

What I wish was different

The ability to take a little time off over the summer would have been nice.

Advice

The ability to work in a professional setting allows people to grow as workers, and thus, I would recommend office work to all.
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Office Assistant

September 2017 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I liked only working typical 9-5 hours and not having to work on the weekends

What I wish was different

I wish that I had gotten more hours at work so as to save up more money for the school year

Advice

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Orientation Assistant

May - August 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

I loved the interactions with students and their families and bragging about how great my univeristy is

What I wish was different

it was a very long day for students and watching them get stressed out and overwhelmed was frustrating. If we could spread this thorughout the day more it would help but given the workday schedule i understand that this is not a reality

Advice

It is extremely rewarding
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Statistical Consultant

May 2018 • Allendale, MI

What I liked

This position allowed me to apply course knowledge to the real world. I was able to apply statistical techniques I learned in the classroom to Research Projects and Dissertations.

What I wish was different

The meetings could have been more spread out. There were times when there were meetings after meetings after meetings and then other times there were long breaks with out meetings. It felt inconsistent and there were times when it got boring.

Advice

Do not be afraid to talk to people about what you know. Being able to communicate your knowledge to others can be hard to do and needs practice.
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