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Wichita State University

Undergraduate Research Assistant

June - December 2021 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I liked how I can do the research and collaborate with faculty member and learn something new. Because doing research is all about being lost in the unknown, being able to puzzle up bits and pieces of missing information, and do something remarkable. I also liked how patient my faculty member was while I was getting used to doing new things like literature review, writing and analyzing the code written.

What I wish was different

I wish I has been more proactive - I tend to depend too much on the faculty member for research. I also wish that I had ended my project in the end of summer 2021 instead of rolling it over till winter break 2021 so I can spend more time on my fall classes without the research jeopardizing my ability to focus on both things - school and work - at the same time.

Advice

Get out there, put yourself out there. There is no reason to be afraid of doing research. Pick a topic that you like the most, and try to negotiate with your faculty member with the justification of why your topic makes the most sense to research. Allocate a realistic amount of hours per week to complete the research work. Most importantly, have fun!
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Marketing Intern

October 2020 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I love how the experience is diverse and I'm gaining a lot of insight on organizational function and the daily work life of people who work in the office.

What I wish was different

Advice

Take in as much as you can. Reach out to your supervisors to gain more experience in more things. In this job they want you to learn and excel as much as you can and they genuinely care about you.
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Undergraduate Research Assistant

July 2020 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

Hands-on experience with real workers

What I wish was different

No pandemic that caused a delay

Advice

Research is amazingly easy to get into! It provides great experience of the application of knowledge in a practical sense.
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Cashier

August - December 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

people working with working environment my schedule you choose when to work depending on the classes you taking

What I wish was different

my salary i wished if it was 10$

Advice

good for a college student getting new friends learning new skills making some money on the side i really liked this experience
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Student Assistant

May 2020 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

Flexibility of Work Hours

What I wish was different

Better Leadership and Training

Advice

Each department is totally different from one another, there is bound to be one you can fit into.
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Transition Mentor

January - December 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I enjoyed interacting with incoming students and representing Wichita State University.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to connect with some of my mentees on a deeper level and had more time to get to know them.

Advice

Be open to new experiences and meeting new people!
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student assistant

June - September 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

That the job was able to work around my schedule and that I had time for my classes and friends and family. I also enjoyed the people I worked with as well.

What I wish was different

I wish there was more work, I was stuck doing the same thing every day.

Advice

Go in with an open mind and be willing to branch out.
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Student Guard

August 2018 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

Wonderful work place, good people. Work around your schedule and needs.

What I wish was different

Slightly better communication about procedures and expectations.

Advice

Be up front about your availability
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Graphic Design Intern

March 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I like that they trusted me enough to give a good amount of creative freedom. Amazing coworkers, equal opportunity employers, and no micromanagement.

What I wish was different

More Diversity in the staff

Advice

Take risks on an internship even if there is no promise of a job offer afterwards. It worked out really well in my case, but it's always worth the experience.
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Public Relations Intern

June 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I liked the hands on experience I was able to gain by planning events, community engagement, and running social media accounts.

What I wish was different

I wish we would have been able to be more involved within University relations.

Advice

Always stay on your toes! Being creative in this position will go a long way.
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Wildlife Technician

May - August 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I lived for 10 weeks on a ranch in remote western Kansas. I assisted with surveys for plants, insects, and birds on restored prairies. I really liked living in the country. The property I stayed at was beautiful and the wildlife view was excellent.

What I wish was different

I wish it would have lasted longer.

Advice

I would recommend that people do not judge places until they have actually visited them. I would not think that western Kansas would be very interesting. However, once you get off the interstate and explore the landscape it was really quite beautiful.
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Student Assistant

July - August 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

Responsibilities were simple and I got to explore all the buildings on campus that I would have never gotten the chance to otherwise.

What I wish was different

I wish they wouldn't schedule 2 sessions so soon after one another when the 2 buildings are really far away from each other. Or schedule a session too far away right before your class begins.

Advice

Punctuality is they key to everything! Also, call in early and let the supervisors know beforehand if you cannot come in.
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Transition Mentor

January 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I loved my experience working with First Year students and Transfer students to become a mentor and that familiar face on campus to turn to when things became difficult.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I loved this job and the flexibility

Advice

Be open-minded to new people and experiences. Embrace the now, and be who you needed when you transitioned from high school to college.
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Student Marketing Assistant

August 2018 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Keep all your options open and apply to as many places as possible. Always evaluate the pros and cons and choose the best place for you- for me it was WSU. As a student, my employer works around my study schedule and really cares about my academics and not just my job performance.
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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

It was interesting research and I had a flexible schedule.

What I wish was different

It would have been nice if we had more time to complete our research.

Advice

Make sure you're ready for the time commitment.
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SI Leader

January 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

The Shocker Learning Center is a great office to work in!

What I wish was different

Advice

It is really great for education majors
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Transition Mentor

January 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

It gave me an opportunity to grow my leadership experience. I loved giving back to campus.

What I wish was different

I wish the staff would've been more cohesive.

Advice

For this job specifically, remember that you are there for the students. You are some students' first impression of Wichita State and you want them to know that they are welcome.
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Secretary

January - September 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

I worked at the info desk in the RSC. The people were so sweet. The hours were flexible and the kid is overall very easy. A major plus was being able to do homework for my summer classes.

What I wish was different

It could also get very boring when no one was around to ask questions.

Advice

Learn a new hobby or something that will fill your time and make it meaningful.
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Undergraduate Student Researcher

June - August 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

It was a very good opportunity to learn about the research process and get some some hands-on experience with research.

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little more knowledge coming in.

Advice

If you have the opportunity to take part in this or any REU it is a great experience and I would recommend it.
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Graduate teaching assistant

June 2019 • Wichita, KS

What I liked

Time to work on campus and get to know faculty.

What I wish was different

Wish students would take advantage of graduate assistance

Advice

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