IT Position: AV and Hardware Tech Consultant
Graduation Year: 2010
Major: Chemistry/Forensics Major, Math Minor
Current Placement: Doctoral Pre-Candidate, Toxicology Program, University of Michigan School of Public Health
I applied to the IT Department for work study because I wanted to learn how to fix computers. Specifically I wanted to work with hardware and was really interested in being able to install and replace parts, with the eventual goal of being able to build my own system.
I definitely got that type of experience as well as many other skills that continually come up. I regularly help fix minor projector and computer issues in my classes. For example, the other day in a lab meeting one girl couldn’t get her laptop to project. I had seen that exact thing before and showed her the correct keys she needed to press for the laptop to recognize the projector, keeping our meeting from falling behind schedule.
Also, though I never did any programming at work or for any classes, I became familiar with how a computer “speaks.” So now, when I have to use statistical programming languages, I pick up the grammar quite quickly. In fact, because of this, I’ve been encouraged to take a course in programming relevant to my research.
Perhaps more importantly, as a hardware technician I worked directly with faculty often. This really helped me establish myself as a part of my department and around campus during my time at Cedar Crest. I also got much more comfortable speaking with faculty members than I may have been otherwise. This is a skill that was enormously helpful when I started my current program, and is not something you may think to learn on your own.