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Biola University

Eagle Host

August 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I was able to meet with prospective students and discuss with them the science department

What I wish was different

NA

Advice

It is beneficial to talk with students with the knowledge that they may not come to the university so approach
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Summer Engineering Intern

May - July 2021 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I was able to learn many skills such as 3d modeling, 3d printing, Arduino, and laser cutting.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Get out of your comfort zone and use 100% effort in everything you do
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Facilities Maintenance Worker

May 2021 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

Having a consistent job that paid well because of its consistency.

What I wish was different

A higher pay rate. The crew had to do things over the summer that were not part of the job description, such as removing moldy furniture from a couple bedrooms, and it just would have been nice if we were paid more on the hour.

Advice

Your coworkers count on you constantly. If you fall behind, it makes a strong impact on the workflow of the day.
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Nanomedicine and Genomics Summer Research Intern

June - August 2021 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

The faculty under who I worked were attentive to each student's understanding of the research content. I appreciated the slow-paced environment that allowed for careful and methodical research to be done in. The hours were very reasonable, starting most days at 9 or 10 am. All persons in the lab were very kind and excited to learn more about our field in science each day, maintaining curiosity that bred enthusiasm to work each day.

What I wish was different

Advice

Research does not move as fast as you may wish. Some experiments don't go the way you hypothesized. I encourage students applying to this internship to maintain hope even through discouraging weeks when lab work does not go as anticipated.
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Engineering Intern

May - July 2021 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

Tackling on a more challenging project than what I have been used to; I also really liked the close mentoring I received from my two mentors (who ran the internship program). Last but not least, I enjoyed working with my teammate, who really helped take the lead and guide me in helping her with the entire project.

What I wish was different

I just wish we had more hours and days to work! Other than that, I have nothing else to say - I really liked how the entire program was run.

Advice

Never give up. There will be times when you will encounter roadblocks, but those are key for one's learning and growth in developing as a professional.
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Cashier

August - September 2018 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I liked meeting the students at Biola and working with likeminded individuals.

What I wish was different

The whole entire management system.

Advice

Have a lot of patience and be flexible because the managers make it so completely difficult.
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student

August 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

The easy access to job listings

What I wish was different

Perhaps a more personalized experience such as Linked in, with more options to interact with others.

Advice

Look for jobs early and really try to stand out!
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Peer Wellness Ambassador

April 2020 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Flexibility is key! Because I was part of the inaugural group of Peer Wellness Ambassadors, the work we did every week would change frequently. This is not a job that has a regular routine, but it is SO worth it! You get to engage with a wide variety of projects, which is helpful for developing both your strengths and weaknesses. The Department of Student Wellness is fairly new, so our group was able to contribute a lot of ideas to new events and social media campaigns. Be willing to learn new things, brainstorm new ideas, and just have a heart for Biola and its students.
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Academic Mentor

September 2020 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to connect with students one on one, helping them understand their struggles through casual conversation, and working with them to create a personalized action plan to achieve their goals.

What I wish was different

I wish I had the opportunity to meet in person with my students rather than meet through Zoom in order to work on their schedule together in front of them. However, the whiteboard function in Zoom and the organization app, Notion, greatly helped me achieve that.

Advice

I would definitely recommend you enjoy working with people, as this is a highly personal job. Often students will have struggles that are unrelated to school but affect their academics. Being open to listen to them usually greatly affects their openness to stick to the plan you create together.
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Gate Attendant

May - December 2020 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I can study at the same time.

What I wish was different

It can be very boring at times.

Advice

It was a great way to make money during quarantine.
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Academic Advisor

May - August 2020 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I loved that I go to work with incoming students, as well as work alongside coworkers that I have worked with in the past. I also really enjoyed working for Biola since I'm very passionate about Biola's mission. It is also a job that cultivates a lot of my strengths and allows me to be stretched in my areas of weakness.

What I wish was different

I wish we could have been on campus! The job was virtual this summer, and I was really hoping that we could be in person to work. I also wish that I would have been able to work more than 25 hours a week!

Advice

Don't be afraid to try a job you wouldn't initially go for! Although I was excited and passionate about Academic Advising, I had never thought of it as a career option for myself since it had nothing to do with my major. Since I broadened my horizons though, I got to participate in an opportunity that will hopefully lead to a full time position!
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Conference Services Host

May - August 2018 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I thoroughly enjoyed the job as a whole. From washing linens, distributing guest room keys, and answering phone calls, the summer was incredible. Obviously, those tasks do not sound special or glamorous in and of themselves, but it was my coworkers that made it memorable! Each person in this amazing team brought something special: some were especially encouraging, some were especially hardworking, and some were especially willing to do whatever was needed.

What I wish was different

Since this summer was my second summer as a Conference Host, I was trusted with some more administrative work than my peers. While most of the team would go out and set up rooms with linens and do laundry, I would be in the office by myself taking care of emails and such. I wish I could have been with my coworkers more this past summer.

Advice

No matter how much you may dislike a superior, it is always best to respect him or her regardless! First of all, that person has been given that position for a reason (no matter how impossible it seems). It's important to respect that person and respect the authority he or she has been given. It's also imperative you do so in a way your peers can see. Encourage others to also respect that superior! Gossip and bitterness will only hurt the flow of the team which can lead to tasks poorly done or neglected.
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Library ILL Serials

November 2018 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

There is a system and follow the various checklists for each duty. There is independence in performing the duties

What I wish was different

Nothing. It is a great job and I have a wonderful supervisor.

Advice

It helps to be flexible with your schedule and understand there are other duties to do when the regular scheduled duties fall behind. For example, the delivery of books were sometimes early or late which could impact how fast you need to complete your morning duties and fill time when the books don't come as expected
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Custodian

May 2018 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

Great Community of people. Enjoyed every time working with the crew in the morning. Great care and support to their student workers. Started work with devotional and prayer, which I really appreciated!!

What I wish was different

Advice

This is the mission statement for Biola Facilities Management: To provide Christ-like services to the Biola community and faithful stewardship of the university facilities. It was inspiring to learn how Faith could be integrated in our work environment. Look after it :)
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Foundations Relations Office Associate

August 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I loved the support that I received during my training in the summer, and that I am currently receiving as I grow my skills in writing and reporting. This job is perfect for people who enjoy close research, people, and collaborative work.

What I wish was different

Advice

There is a pretty steep learning curve for students entering this work without any experience with the RNXT/database, and grant language and writing. My advice for tackling the curve is to brush up on as much of the language as you can before training, putting in the time and practice to become proficient at the job, and always communicating with coworkers.
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Custodian

May 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

Work that helped mature me. Friendly, kind coworkers. Flexible and caring supervisors.

What I wish was different

Nothing, really, though waking up at 4AM every day was difficult for me.

Advice

Enjoy it as much as you can! Embrace music, podcasts, audiobooks, etc.! Also, cherish the time as an opportunity to think. It can be beneficial to you.
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Engineering Physics Intern

May - July 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

The freedom to pick which projects I was interested in.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have gone longer over the summer.

Advice

Anything has room for improvement if you are willing to think hard about it.
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Data Processing

July 2018 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

I like the flexible work hours and my fellow co workers.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Student Athletic Trainer

September 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

Great atmosphere to receive fieldwork experience. Athletes are extremely welcoming and thankful.

What I wish was different

To have a mentor that shows new workers tips and tricks to accomplish tasks well.

Advice

Be bold and confident in your abilities, however, have humility to learn the skills required to give the best care as possible to the athletes.
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Student Custodian

May - September 2019 • La Mirada, CA

What I liked

The people I got to work with, staying close to campus for the summer.

What I wish was different

The hours I was working- I was on the early morning crew, which was difficult.

Advice

Working for on-campus facilities is a great experience.
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