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Saint Michael's College

Student Researcher

June - July 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

Working to rather literally learn and share the found knowledge was a wonderful and uplifting experience from which I learned a great deal about my research subject and possibly my future career.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Firefighter

January 2019 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I liked that I could be part of such a rare experience. There are not many colleges with this opportunity. The cost of my meal plan and living plan were covered by the department which meant I could focus on the department instead of a paying job.

What I wish was different

I would have liked to find a paying job in the daytime. I also wished that with my spare time I could have trained to drive the engines.

Advice

If a person has the time, they should train for the fire department nonstop.
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Trustee Scholar Student Researcher

May 2019 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

Conducting a self designed independent research project (with the help from my advisor) on a topic of my interest

What I wish was different

Nothing! It was wonderful and I got all the support I needed

Advice

Students should definitely reach out to professors to engage in independent research or internships
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Undergraduate Researcher

June - September 2019 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I enjoyed the wet lab research experience this provided me with.

What I wish was different

I wish I was paid more and I wish I mad more guidance.

Advice

I would make sure this is a project that you are genuinely interested in learning about.
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Summer Research Student

May - July 2019 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I really liked the experience itself. It will be very useful in my future studies.

What I wish was different

I wish it could have been funded longer as we did not finish.

Advice

Expect the unexpected... in research something wrong usually happens!
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Administrative Assistant Intern

May - August 2019 • Burlington, VT

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

To take what you learn and apply it to your life outside of this and other jobs you have.
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Registrar intern

May - August 2019 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

Loved the people I worked with

What I wish was different

More challenging work

Advice

Spend a summer on campus before you graduate
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Adventure Sports Center Instructor/Employee

May - August 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I found myself outside just about every day whether it was mountain biking or rock climbing and it was always a ton of fun.

What I wish was different

The only thing I’d change is the weather. It’s rained a couple days and we had to stay inside. Other than that, no complaints or changes.

Advice

Find a job that’s fun. It makes it so much easier to wake up and roll into work when you enjoy what you’re doing.
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Chemistry Research Intern

June 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I enjoyed being able to learn how to work on my own in a lab while having guidance from my mentor to help me overcome problems.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Human Resources Representitive

May 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I loved the environment of the office; everyone was friendly, eager to help, and incredibly inclusive. Going to work every morning was something I looked forward to, and the weekends felt long. That said, I also enjoyed the work I was doing in the office, and the opportunities I was given to learn and grow.

What I wish was different

There really isn't anything that I would change about my experience.

Advice

Keep an open mind, always. When I applied for summer jobs this was my last choice, but after having failed to get any other job I was stuck with it as my only option. I thought that an office job would be as depressing as it appears in every movie I have ever seen, but after working there I can honestly say that it has been my most favorite job yet. An open mind, and a desire to learn will take you far.
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ASC Intern

February - July 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

I loved the people I worked with and that I could make mistakes and learn from them and grow as an individual.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Academic Communications Intern

June 2018 • Colchester, VT

What I liked

The internship allowed me to cultivate my skills in some computer systems wish it was a very new experience for me. Additionally I got to engage with potential students, future students, and their families in a professional way which I value as a skill moving forward. My coworkers were also incredible to work with!

What I wish was different

While the schedule of a 8:00am to 4:00pm job was nice, I struggled sitting at a desk for long hours. Sometimes the work was a little bit dry as well.

Advice

Be open to learning new skills, especially in areas that you wouldn’t expect to enjoy! I now have some experience with HTML coding which I never thought I would have. And, be confident in your abilities to do good work!
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