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Southern Oregon University Campus Employment

Sustainability coordinator

September - November 2021 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I liked how I could see the inner workings of college sustainability.

What I wish was different

That it didn't feel so much like homework and it had more of a social component.

Advice

Make sure to read up on the schools sustainability website as well as other schools.
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Student Director of Sustainability

July 2021 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I love this job! It is really nice to be able too be in a leadership role in a group that I have already been apart of for a couple years. I started as an intern and am now the student director. My favorite part of the job is doing the EDI training/research. We have weekly staff meetings and every other week we focus on an EDI topic that I prepare for the team. It has been amazing having these important and difficult conversations with my team. I think it really helps us look at every area of our work through an Equity lens, which is something that is important for not only a sustainability team, but also for SOU as a whole.

What I wish was different

I think just being able to start the year in-person was the only thing that I wish had been different. We had a lot more orientation activities/team building activities planned that we were unable to do because of COVID and having to start the term online. Other than that there is not much that I want to change!

Advice

A big thing about being in a leadership role (especially if it is your first one) is just believing in yourself and being confident in your ability to succeed. I had a bunch of anxiety going into this since it was my first time in this kind of leadership position, but as I went on and continued to have my team tell me how much they enjoy and appreciate the work I do, I realized a lot of my anxiety was coming from me not thinking I was good enough. Being able to realize your worth will definitely help make a job like this a lot more enjoyable.
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Service Center

September 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I love the atmosphere of working on campus, and the flexibility that comes with the job. My boss is very understanding that my time at the university is as a student first, and employee second. People are very friendly and open and the job gives me good business experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I could work more hours, but as a student I'm limited to only 20 a week.

Advice

Never be afraid to ask questions if you don't understand something. Learning new things and getting used to a new job can take time, and there's no shame is making sure you understand everything you're supposed to be doing. People are more often than not very willing to help you.
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RHA Vice President of Finance

October 2020 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

The people I work with are amazing, motivated and positive!

What I wish was different

We didn’t have a pandemic

Advice

Take into consideration who you’ll be working with, because it can make a job from being ok to being the best thing ever.
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Garden assistant

June 2020 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Being outside with people and having my hands in the dirt.

What I wish was different

N/a

Advice

Bring your own gloves!
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Fitness/Front Desk Assistant

February 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I worked a lot; I gained a lot of experience in the field of Campus Recreation

What I wish was different

There weren’t that many patrons so there was not much to do beyond tasks given by management.

Advice

Communicate with your supervisors when you are unhappy. It benefits all when there is open communication.
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Custodial Worker

June - September 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Making the campus look good.

What I wish was different

Better communication.

Advice

Be prepared to work hard.
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Custodial Hospitality Student Lead

June - August 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

The people

What I wish was different

More student involvement in decision making

Advice

It's fun for a short time
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Conference Assistant

June - August 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

The schedule flexibility and the staff

What I wish was different

The workload had been distributed more evenly amongst the employees

Advice

Remember that you’re not doing this job alone. You can always ask co-workers for help.
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Custodian/ assistant

June - September 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Loved the atmosphere and the people

What I wish was different

Nothing!

Advice

It was a great experience and taught me more about campus and the programs available for students
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Maintenance crew member

June 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I got to learn some skills that I will use in maintaining my own home some day.

What I wish was different

I wish it had started later in the day. 6am is too early.

Advice

Ask questions, get to know your bosses, and don’t forget to have fun.
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Digital Marketing Intern

April 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Pretty much everything

What I wish was different

I wish I was paid more for the work

Advice

Network! Meet people
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Student worker

June 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

My boss and fellow student workers. We all got along good.

What I wish was different

Less painting.

Advice

Have fun.
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PEAK DMC Video Producer/Editor

September 2017 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I independently created projects given to me by the DMC manager, including scheduling my own time, and doing the videography, editing, etc. with my team of helpers in the Digital Media Center. I was able to do a job that I'd like to do after I graduate now so I have experience going into the real world job market.

What I wish was different

Advice

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McNair summer intern

June - August 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

The freedom to create your own research project

What I wish was different

Improved communication between the program and students

Advice

Pick a uncomplicated research question
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Graphic Design Assitant

January - June 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Everything! Such an awesome experience and pushed my love for graphic design even further.

What I wish was different

Wish it would have been a more long term job.

Advice

Don't take criticism on your work personally.
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Conference Assistant

June - September 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I loved working with individuals from all around the world, who were coming to Southern Oregon University's campus to stay. The job consisted of checking in numerous groups to the rooms they paid for (similar to a hotel business) and helping them with anything they needed.

What I wish was different

I wish the job would have been offered during the school year (with the same pay), because I found it very interesting and would have loved to continue on longer!

Advice

Always make sure to get enough rest, self-care is so incredibly important, and make sure to drink water every day. Some days you could be hiking up many stairs, and other days could be sitting around in an office waiting for guests to call!
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Raider Ambassador

November 2016 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

Being able to help prospective students in their search for a college suitable for them.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more opportunities to travel and represent Southern Oregon University in a positive light!

Advice

That representing your college is the best way to make life-long connections!
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Short Summer Program Group Leader

August - September 2018 • Ashland, OR

What I liked

I was able to meet Japanese students from 5 different schools and practice Japanese while gaining experience in leading a group of 32 students. We all visited various locations in southern Oregon most of which I had not even been to despite living here for over 3 years.

What I wish was different

The program was short, only about 3 weeks, so I wish I had talked more with the students when we had breaks and down time.

Advice

I had kept my schedule organized to the hour the whole time, it really kept my mind focused and gave me a quick reminder of what I was doing and when everyday.
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