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Lake Forest College

Research Assistant

May 2021 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

The environment of the lab was amazing and opportunities I had to learn about biology.

What I wish was different

A better stipend or free housing/meals.

Advice

Be responsible and always come with an open mind.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - June 2020 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

Interacting with my professor and fellow research assistant. Performing literature searches

What I wish was different

I wish this could have been a non-remote position

Advice

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Library Circulation Clerk

May - August 2018 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

My favorite aspect about this job was that I did the same work I usually do during the school year, but I was able to treat it as a full time job. I am also grateful that I was given the opportunity to take some days off to visit family during the middle of the summer.

What I wish was different

Nothing really. It was a wonderful experience and I am glad I got to experience it.

Advice

If you already work the circulation desk as a student worker you should be fine. The only difference between working this position during the school year and during the summer is that you will be doing a lot more shelf reading and organizing during the summer. So if you don't really like that part of the job you most likely will not enjoy working during the summer.
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Student Worker

May - August 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

That I got to work with very nice full-time workers and do good hard work.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I enjoyed just about everything about the job.

Advice

Be ready to get your hand dirty.
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Administrative Computing Intern

June 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

I really enjoyed getting my hands on and learning a new software. After getting my feet wet with the GUI, I've really enjoyed working with code to make things work with the back end development and adjustments.

What I wish was different

This was a really good learning experience for uncovering my own passions. I would have enjoyed more design aspects to the job, but true to its description, I have learned a lot about back end database administration while in this position.

Advice

To those who are trying to figure out where their passions lie, I would recommend just trying something that sounds interesting. Whether it ends up becoming your career, or just another stepping stone in finding your dream job, just take the first step.
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Help Desk Technician

May - August 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

The job offered a myriad of challenges and tasks that kept me busy and occupied over the summer. I learned a lot about how the campus deals with tasks submitted by students and employees alike and overall enjoyed my experience.

What I wish was different

There's not much that I wish would have been better. Overall, I had an excellent time and experience.

Advice

Be open to ideas and to communicate frequently to both your supervisors and the people who send tickets. These--along with patience--is the key to success in this field.
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Research Assistant Biology/Ecology

May - August 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

I liked that I was able to get research experience early on in my college career and was able to learn how to work independently in lab.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been more open minded toward other research programs.

Advice

I would advise that if you are ever given the opportunity to complete research or get an internship that you should take the opportunity and explore your interests.
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researcher

May - June 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

I loved the people and the reward of gaining knowledge about a disease that affects thousands of people. I also loved contributing to the science behind it.

What I wish was different

I wish it was paid although did not mind that it was not

Advice

research is tedious although it is rewarding. Don't lose sight of why you started!
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Research Assistant

May - August 2019 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

1) Researching various events in the Chicago area 2)Interacting with college staff

What I wish was different

1)Had better understanding of department programs to help answer questions from students

Advice

1)Think big and be open-minded
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - August 2018 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

I had been doing the same research two summers before so having prior experience helped me continue with the research.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Working in a lab can be a lot but make sure you enjoy life outside it too.
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Richter scholar

May 2018 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

I liked being able to do research right after my freshman year. It helped me establish a good relationship with my professor and I was able to continue doing research in the fall.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to stay longer over the summer

Advice

If you get the opportunity to be in richter take it because it will help you get into research early and give you an edge if you are trying to go into graduate school research later or medical school.
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Faculty Research Assistant

May - July 2018 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

That I was able to use my previous knowledge from classes and new knowledge to work through the labs.

What I wish was different

That I could've gotten more done.

Advice

Definitely don't be afraid to ask professors about research opportunities.
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Researcher assistant

May - July 2018 • Lake Forest, IL

What I liked

Flexibility of hours

What I wish was different

Having a key to the building

Advice

Teaches you importance of persistence and patience
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