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Carnegie Mellon University Pre-College Program

Resident Advisor

June - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

It's a great way to make a little money and get food and housing while you take summer classes or do a little research
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Resident Assistant

June - August 2019 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

It was a fun job working with the other pre-college staff. There was a lot of time to do things on our own and connect with students. It was very manageable and a great mentorship opportunity.

What I wish was different

Advice

Leave a good impression on the students—pre-college RAs are in a position where many pre-college students want to be, and a lot of them seek advice. While the job is and should be fun, it is likely not 100% what you expect it to be and everyone's experience is different!
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Pre-College RA

June - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

I enjoyed bonding with other RAs, and also having leadership experience, as well as responsibilities to take care of other people.

What I wish was different

The second RA on my floor got sick at the beginning of the program, so I was left on my own for the whole program. I wish he hadn't gotten sick, but that's nobodies fault.

Advice

There's a bit of down time, so taking a class really keeps you busy, even though the job still is time consuming.
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University Teaching Assistant

July - August 2018 • Pittsburgh, PA

What I liked

Working with high school students to create a final project.

What I wish was different

Better communication prior to job start date on particulars.

Advice

Don't be afraid to cultivate personal networks and leverage them for opportunities.
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