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NLTP Labratorian Training Fellow

June - July 2020 • Manhattan, KS

What I liked

This program prepared us to be hired at the National Bio-agro Defence facility and other BSL-3 laboratories. It also lead to the Master's student position which I have recently been accepted to.

What I wish was different

It was online due to covid and I'm sure would be much more fun in person.

Advice

Definitely do as many things as possible research, internships, fellowships etc.
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PPQ Plant Protection Aide

June - August 2019 • Lockport, NY

What I liked

Worked outdoors, Responsibility for my self and my partner, the people I worked with were from all across the US, weekly overtime, pto and sick leave

What I wish was different

Not changing partners every week, depending on the truck I was assigned our equipment was sometimes good or it could be bad/broken

Advice

Great experience for working in the federal government, stay hydrated through the summer, and check yourself for ticks everyday.
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PPQ Technician

April 2019 • Easton, PA

What I liked

A lot of cool people to work with, very knowledgeable staff.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

A lot of time spent walking through the woods, so if you like that do it.
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Plant Protection Quarantine Aide

June 2019 • Lockport, NY

What I liked

I loved everything about my position. The atmosphere of the work environment was great and I enjoyed the responsibilities I had as an employee. The work I was doing was important and gave me a sense of purposefulness.

What I wish was different

I do not know of anything exactly that I would have changed.

Advice

Set a good routine for yourself! Carry a routine into time after work as well. I found it very helpful to have a routine for my time outside of work and that will really helped me excel.
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