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University of Missouri

Farm Tractor Operator

March 2021 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

Flexible with class schedule

What I wish was different

Advice

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research assistant

November 2020 - March 2021 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

great way to experience relative field studying. I found out that the major was a lot different from what I've imagined.

What I wish was different

More publicized recruitment.

Advice

Having research experience in college is priceless.
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Cherng Summer Scholar

June - August 2020 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I loved doing research, learning, exploring knowledge.

What I wish was different

I would have benefited from having a mentor that was more in my field. My mentor was great, she just wasn't really educated in my field.

Advice

If you are curious about research, give it a try! TOTALLY worth knowing if it's good for you or not.
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Research assistant

April 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

Autonomy

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Don't be afraid to switch labs if you're unhappy with your current research experience.
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Licensed Practical Nurse

November 2016 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Take every opportunity to expand your knowledge!
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Lab Technician

May - August 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

Gave me experience in a field of biochemistry I enjoy

What I wish was different

Having a car would have make transporting the samples a lot easier

Advice

If you’re going to work in a lab and are transporting soil samples, a car is recommended!
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Large Campus Events Intern

August 2019 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I love this experience that I got with the Campus Activities Programming Board. I have learned so much about how to successfully plan and execute an event. I have learned how to work with big named people and have gotten experience with agents.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I wish was different, was that I was constantly busy with something, which is good, but it made it hard to be able to focus on all parts of my internship.

Advice

My piece of advice is simple, work hard!
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Student Leader at a finance camp for middle school and high school aged kids

July - August 2019 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I loved getting to spend time with a younger crowd. They really helped me to develop my teaching skills as it pertains to financed.

What I wish was different

I wish the camp had lasted longer.

Advice

I think it's really important to have some sort of summer experience in your field. It is a great conversation for interviews.
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Summer Intern

May - July 2019 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I loved being able to explore the different avenues of the scientific process. I also truly enjoyed learning lab protocols, that experience made me a stronger scientist.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had the opportunity to see other labs and how they operate day to day. Observing in the lab is one of the most underrated and valuable experiences an aspiring clinician can have.

Advice

This experience is not for the weak. It takes a lot of hard work, discipline and persistence to do well in the lab. Especially because I took summer classes and the internship. The biggest thing I would say to someone looking for a summer experience is to never underestimate yourself. You never know what you're truly capable of until you're put in the arena to find out.
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Chemistry Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

That I got a lot of experience from the research and the chemistry I was not familiar with.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Experience is important and during the summer that is when you want to build your resume from, different experiences from different universities. Besides that is really important to build a contact network.
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Journalism Intern

May - September 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

Working for the University as an intern was a great experience. The internship program in place at MU was extremely helpful and I really appreciate the career building advice I got along the way.

What I wish was different

Because I didn't have a specific office or designated space for my internship, finding hours to work that fit into my schedule was very beneficial, but I felt like I was distanced from the program by being off campus or not having a home base.

Advice

My internship taught me valuable lessons about working with real time events and planning.
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Field Tech

May - August 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I liked working outside and doing something new everyday. Working closely with research faculty gave me the ability to learn a lot on the job.

What I wish was different

I wish there wasn't so much computer work involved. Being the undergraduate, I got a lot of the less fun jobs and it was hard to see the big picture of our research.

Advice

Do research! It teaches you so many critical thinking and analytical skills.
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Research fellow

June - August 2017 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

Great team, great research.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Costume Attendant

May - July 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

What I wish was different

I wish had been told I wasn't getting paid and I wish the department was not a mess

Advice

Dont do it
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Research Intern

June - July 2017 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I got a lot of hands on experience and guidance because there was so much time during the day to focus completely on research.

What I wish was different

More social interaction. It was a very small lab.

Advice

Make every day count!
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Resident Assistant

May - July 2018 • Columbia, MO

What I liked

I really liked some of my coworkers and I also really enjoyed all the kids from the camp that I got to interact with. It was really cool getting the opportunity to be influential on some really smart people.

What I wish was different

I wish there had been a bit more structure for the RAs from a management side, I wish there had been more one on one interaction with fellow staff, I wish there had been a stronger middle manager with conflict resolution skills.

Advice

I kind of just got over the conflict & unpleasantness that was going on around me and focused in on what I loved. The kids were absolutely wonderful & some of the staff were just great people, so I just spent my time and energy on them.
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