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Vanguard University - Student Worker On Campus Employment

Admissions Counselor

August 2019 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I love the opportunity to work with students and their families through their college journey.

What I wish was different

Advice

Never underestimate yourself. You are capable of doing so much more than you think. Always ask questions!
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Food Service Worker

November 2019 - March 2020 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I love serving the community I was a part of and being able to serve in such a way that I can still connect with my community and serve them. They treated me so nice at work and were very flexible knowing I was a student and a worker. They always tried to best accommodate me and had such an extensive patience for me, knowing it was my first time working.

What I wish was different

I wish that COVID hadn't change the circumstance where I had to quit my job and go back home.

Advice

Be very attentive when learning and learn how to listen and revise and remember especially since we are working with food and coffee. Also remember customer service is just that, you serve them and serve in the friendliest way possible even if it isn't returned.
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Writing Consultant/ Student Ambassador

July - August 2020 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

Even with the limitations to how we could organize events with the students because of COVID-19 we still found ways to worship, provide tutoring, and help the students when necessary while still social distancing, wearing our masks, and taking the right safety precautions to keep the students, student workers and faculty safe and healthy.

What I wish was different

Because of COVID-19 there was not a lot of bonding between the students and I know when I was a student in the summer bridge, making those bonds with the student leaders and my peers became essential to my experience here at Vanguard. But even in my year of summer bridge, the humanities bridge and stem bridge were always so separated. I think even more so now than ever because of the pandemic. But I think if next year provides us with good health conditions we need to find a way to somehow make that bond between stem and humanities stronger.

Advice

The Summer Bridge program is a very social program, there are many field trips, including a camping trip, and lots of amazing experiences that come with being apart of this program. Even though these activities were halted this year because of the pandemic we still were as social as we could be with the restrictions of social distancing because we wanted the students to have an amazing experience even though they were deprived of so many things during the program. So for future years to come with Summer Bridge, I would say to be ready for the social skills it requires to keep up with all the normal activities.
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Teacher assistant

July - August 2019 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I really liked being able to work closely with the students during the S.T.E.M Bridge program and the other staff members were friendly as well.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Events set up crew

May 2018 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

Working for Vanguard and gaining experience

What I wish was different

That meals were provided

Advice

You have to be SUPER flexible with your time
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Student Researcher

May - July 2019 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed researching a topic that I am passionate about with a supportive partner throughout the process and being supervised by a staff that was also passionate about the research topic.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to conduct more research.

Advice

The program goes by quickly! Be efficient with the time you have.
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Cashier

September 2017 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I like that I was able to work 40 hours a week this summer with Vanguard University, which is not my usual schedule during the school year.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have stayed on campus while working here just because I had a long commute and I know it would have been easier for me.

Advice

Summer is a great way to save up for the following school year, so students try and save up as much as you can! It really helps!
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Accounting student worker

September 2018 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

Everyone in the office was so welcoming and they truly make an effort to create a great bond with you.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Facility Services - Student Worker

January - May 2019 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I loved being in a friendly environment with people who appreciate what I do. I was able to make several connections and learn helpful skills as a maintenance worker and custodian student worker.

What I wish was different

I wish that my fellow custodian workers get paid more than me since they are given a heavier load of work than any student worker can handle but are paid a minimum wage salary.

Advice

If you love helping others and giving back to the community by keeping our campus clean, then working for Facilities Services will be a right fit for you! Working as a custodian student worker has allowed me to be more humble and appreciate what I have. This job has also helped me embrace my culture and strengthen my bonds with my family, as I was able to experience first hand how much hard work goes behind earning a minimum wage salary.
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Studet Account Specialist

September 2017 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

I gained a lot of experience by working almost full-time in the office. Since we were down a person in the department, I was given a lot more responsibilities that has helped me grow in all aspects of myself, as well as being surrounded by very supportive and friendly people.

What I wish was different

Nothing! I was able to balance my summer courses ( I was taking 9 units at OCC) and my job without any problems, except maybe pushing myself a little too much.

Advice

I highly recommend finding a job on campus for easy access. You also gain experience with many people who are alumni of the university, or who are very close in age and so you have the opportunity to build relationships.
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Advancement Student Worker

June - August 2018 • Costa Mesa, CA

What I liked

My boss

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Nothing
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