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University of Central Florida

Undergraduate Research Assistant

May - July 2023 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Campus was large and clean. Faculty was friendly, as were my fellow Undergrad researchers

What I wish was different

A chance to network more and establish a better contact among other faculty

Advice

Take everything in and enjoy the opportunity
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Learning Guide

May - August 2022 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Lots of learning resources and activities designed to help navigate this role. Interesting class and material, very understanding and enthusiastic professor to work with.

What I wish was different

Everything was great.

Advice

Your role may be confusing to some students, and they may hesitate reaching out for help, so communication is key.
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Graphic Designer Intern

May - August 2021 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I learned so much and got feedback.

What I wish was different

I wish it was in person.

Advice

One piece of advice is to do research, be creative and have fun.
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Undergraduate Researcher

January 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

My research advisor is an incredible person and boss. Not only is he incredibly talented in his cutting-edge field, but he also strives to make sure that his students are on the right track towards success. He cares more about how his students are doing and their future than about pressing results out of them, and that culture shows in the success of his lab. By far the best experience I got out of UCF.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

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Program Assistant at UCF Global

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved interacting with the International community of UCF. This experience really opened up my eyes to different cultures, practices, beliefs, and ways of life. Helping prospective students understand the university's application process and educating on the English Language Institute was amazing.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have worked for a longer period! Alas, I had to return to being a student full time.

Advice

Any job you're interested in, go for it. Even if it involves skills you've never practiced before, believe in your own talents and emphasize your own skillset. I learned that jobs will hire you if you believe in yourself and bring kindness and patience to the table. If you have that, you're perfectly trainable for the skills they DO need you to know. Just be open to learning.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

March 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Gave a lot of industry insight while still being able to take courses and focus on School. Allowed me to apply course concepts and witness how they are applied. Opened up a lot of networking events due to national conferences and industry visitors.

What I wish was different

A more guided process into 'how to get involved in research'.

Advice

You get what you give. If you show up an hour a week your experience will reflect that.
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Peer Mentor

June 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to meet many different kinds of students and being a resource for them

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be yourself
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Research Assistant

August 2020 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

That it was remote.

What I wish was different

More guidance.

Advice

Have a planner.
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Research Assistant

May - July 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

We got to work with Machine Learning for problems in Computer Vision.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Aerospace Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Beautiful location, well maintained labs performing a variety of interesting and engaging research.

What I wish was different

Campus was a little big and travel expenses were pricey.

Advice

If you have to live in a shared apartment for an internship, invest in some sort of grocery service. Eating out as an excuse to not have to deal with your flatmates gets expensive.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

May 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Hands-on experience with my field

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Build a relationship with your professors!
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Event services associate

November 2018 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I liked that the job had me up and moving around, but that there were plenty of time each shift to sit in the break room and hang out.

What I wish was different

The communication between the managers and the workers. Sometimes the managers did not understand how difficult our tasks can be. The issue of understaffing a particularly laborious shift and then over staffing and a very easy shift.

Advice

Try to be positive when there are laborious shifts so you don’t get in a bad mood.
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UCF/Lockheed Martin CWEP

March 2017 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

A large company with plenty of opportunities and great pay for a student worker. I found a job doing exactly what I tailored my resume for when I applied to the CWEP pool through career services.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more training opportunities. It's a long commute from UCF. I think there should be more flexibility in work schedule and location.

Advice

Look for a group that suits your interests. It's a huge company with a large presence in Orlando. If the first group you join doesn't do what you want to do, there are plenty of other opportunities in the company. There's functional and program management you can approach to changing your role/ responsibilities. This experience helped me find a career path and a great job post-graduation.
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SLS

June - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Working with the incoming students as they adjusted to campus life and resources.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

It can be an emotional investment.
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Conference Ambassador

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved how involved the team was and how much I learned from it.

What I wish was different

Advice

Make sure to be very involved!
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Jenkins Community Arts Scholar

January 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

The ability to gain real-life, hands-on experiences in my desired career field. I am able to intern at different arts facilities on a semester-to-semester basis: first at Snap! Space and now at the Orlando Museum of Art

What I wish was different

Nothing! It has been an honor to be a part of this program.

Advice

Don’t ever hesitate to apply to jobs or programs that seem intimidating! Don’t sell yourself short!
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Researcher

May 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

Getting to learn all about the fundamentals of research and spear heading my own research project that has continued on to the Fall 2019 semester.

What I wish was different

I only wish I could've spent even more time in my lab (and I spent a lot of time in the lab!)

Advice

Push hard for the things you want and don't back down easily. Prove your worth, work hard and make your way up the ladder.
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Student Researcher

May - August 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed being in charge of my own research project.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time talking to my advisor.

Advice

Don't be afraid of hard work and long hours. All your effort will be noticed and will make you stand out.
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Research assistant

March 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved the freedom and endless opportunity that was provided to me by my mentor. Dr. Maraj is kind, supportive and willing to work on individual research ideas.

What I wish was different

I wish UCF offered paid research positions.

Advice

Research experience is a great way to increase your changes of acceptance into grad school. Publish a paper or present a poster if you can.
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Orientation Team Leader

January 2019 • Orlando, FL

What I liked

I loved my team. We were one big family.

What I wish was different

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