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Earlham College

Research Assistant

May - June 2019 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Being involved in making important decisions about a professor’s research, being intensely involved in the planning process, and learning field research techniques.

What I wish was different

I wish I had thought more about my living situation and lived somewhere that would foster more social contact after workdays.

Advice

If you apply for a collaborative research position and get one that wasn’t your top choice, don’t rule it out! It may turn out to be awesome even if it wasn’t your first choice.
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mail

May - August 2019 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Delivering mails around the campus

What I wish was different

More variety of work

Advice

Do the things accurately and quickly
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Lilly Library front desk and interlibrary loan

May - August 2019 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

I liked working with different people throughout the summer and my assignments.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I loved every part of it.

Advice

Getting to know people, talking to patrons, and being social in any way possible can get you to so many places and bring you closer to opportunities you have never imagined.
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Research Student

June - July 2019 • Arusha Chini, Kilimanjaro Region

What I liked

The animal behavior and conversation research.

What I wish was different

More experience with everyday culture.

Advice

Learning new cultures is important.
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - July 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

I was able to directly apply my Arabic skills.

What I wish was different

Slightly more structure and guidance would have been appreciated.

Advice

I was afraid I did not have enough experience, but am grateful that I took applied for the position. Also, do not be afraid to ask for clarification.
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Student Researcher

June 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

The research I did this summer helped me develop my research skills, as well as improve my field skills for future endeavors. I also enjoyed getting to work with a small group of peers and faculty during my summer research. Finally I valued the opportunity to get off campus and engage more with the local community.

What I wish was different

I wish that this research project would have been longer!

Advice

This research experience encouraged us to be self-guided and independent, while this is a great way to develop skills, at some moments I had to ask for some help to ensure I was moving in the right direction. The faculty are great at helping out, so never hesitate to reach out for clarifications or guidance!
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Theatre Arts Researcher

May 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Being able to learn what goes on in the pre-production process and finding new ways to encourage diversity in the theater was enjoyable for me. It showed me how to put my love for theatre into practical use.

What I wish was different

Nothing stood out to me as annoying or troublesome during this research. I cannot think of anything that I would have liked to be done differently.

Advice

Often times, school teaches us how to think about solutions to large-scale problems, but this research project pushed us to carry these solutions out. There were several moments when I was pulled out of my comfort zone and it can be daunting, but as long as you remember that your thoughts matter, you will have accomplished something amazing.
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Camps and Conferences Staff

May - August 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Flexibility and working as a team

What I wish was different

Advice

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Biochemistry Intern

May - July 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Since it was my first time doing research, the experience was very eye-opening for me. I learn that doing research is exciting and demanding. We need to dedicate our time and attention to what was going on in the lab 100% of the time.

What I wish was different

I wish that the summer research could have lasted longer. Even though we're still doing the research in the semester, there isn't nearly enough time as the number of continuous hours we spent on research in the summer.

Advice

Talk to your mentor and try to look up background information about the topic before starting. The first few weeks of the research will be really slow and include a lot of reading and looking things up. You can boost the speed of the process by having some idea of what is going on in lab.
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Student Research

May - June 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

It was an unique experience and I got to learn a lot. As a freshman, I got to dive deep in concepts of economics and work with the professor to create an economic model that is applicable in the real world.

What I wish was different

It would have been better for me if I was completely knowledgeable about all the platforms for coding instead of having to learn it while working. However, these skills turned out to be some things i also got out of this experience so I am extremely thankful.

Advice

Always keep an eye out for opportunities and dive into them with a keen desire to fully immerse yourself and always be ready to learn.
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Research student

May - June 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

I enjoyed the opportunity of enhancing my research skills and learning more in depth about a branch of science I am interested in.

What I wish was different

I wish my research team and I would have been able to produce more consistent results.

Advice

I highly recommend a research experience to other students!
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Miller Farm Intern

May - August 2018 • Richmond, IN

What I liked

Flexibility, experimentality.

What I wish was different

Advice

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