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Mike Knitz

Mike Knitz

Lifeguard

YMCA of the Central Bay Area (formerly known as the Berkeley-Albany YMCA)

Staff Research Associate at MCB Instructional Support and Lifeguard at YMCA

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YMCA of the Central Bay Area (formerly known as the Berkeley-Albany YMCA)

Lifeguard

Though I have worked as a lifeguard before, each pool has its own challenges. I have become very effective in managing the lap-swimming lanes, which prevents most disputes and collisions. These pools also have a lot more children, which demand a lot of patience, energy, and attention to rules than adults.

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Career medium 03

MCB Instructional Support, UC Berkeley

Staff Research Associate

I prepare materials for an upper-division immunology lab course. The class, which I have previously completed, covers many biological and immunological methods, including basics like ELISA, PCR, and Western Blot as well as more advanced techniques, such as growth of a monoclonal antibody cell culture starting from the tissues of immunized mice. Since I have set up the labs multiple times, I have become familiar with all stages of preparation. I set up the dishware, mix the buffers, dilute the stocks, set up the technical equipment, sterilize materials as necessary, and in general understand the full process. I work closely with a PhD who performs the advanced responsibilities but also educates me and allows me to join in on some tasks, such as intraperitoneal injections in the mice to immunize against particular proteins.

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Recreational Sports, UC Berkeley

Head Lifeguard

I watched for the safety of adults and children at four pools. I kept alert for long shifts and stayed informed of current certification information. I was firm while enforcing rules, and became skilled in having positive and fun interactions with patrons. After a year, I was promoted to one of the Head Lifeguards among the 60-person staff. I took on additional responsibilities in this role, such as maintaining record of materials at my assigned pool, touring new hires, and evaluating the performance of my coworkers in a supervisor role. I also helped create meeting agendas, and during staff in-service training I led emergency response exercises.

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University of California, Berkeley

BA, Molecular and Cell Biology