My name is Sabrina Churchill and I am a Sophomore BIS major on the Miami Middletown Campus. I have a full-time school schedule. I founded and run my own student organization (SAFARI). I am a member of MMSG, and I even planned this year's Veteran's Day ceremony. Do I have free time? Very little, but I would have it no other way. I never knew about the value of becoming involved until I became a campus ambassador. After being opened up to the aspect of becoming involved on campus and the leadership, friendship, networking, and joy that it brought to my college life, I was addicted.
Spring of last year, I was sitting in Hawk Haven doing my botany homework when I noticed a flyer on the table about campus jobs. I had never considered getting a job on campus, but at the time a little extra shopping money could be useful. So, I applied online and met with the student activities coordinator (Carrie) about open positions. She told me about a year old program where current students introduce incoming students to the campus. To be considered for this position you needed to be outgoing, charismatic, and punctual. Those three words pretty much summed me up to a tee. I was in.
Working as a campus ambassador introduced me to some of my very best friends on campus. It helped me to appreciate being a Miami Middletown student more and to discover that college is what you make of it. I loved interacting with incoming students and having a job that was laid-back and fun.
Campus Ambassadors are more than just tour guides. We develop different interactive stations to take each of our student groups to in order for them to learn more about campus life and becoming a college student. We are the first impression that many of these students have about MUM.
We work weeks before each New Student Orientation to plan each station and become more comfortable with interacting with each other and new students. As corny as it sounds, we bond with each other, and this has become an important reason as to why our NSO's go so well. You will lead groups that range in sizes from this
This year, I was promoted to NSO coordinator. With my partner, Jon Downing, I will be planning each Campus Ambassador meeting and the activities and jobs we work on. We will be deciding how to run the NSO's and what changes we would like made. We decide how the NSO's are designed, ran, and coordinated. The NSO's are completely student designed. This means that we control what the new students coming in experience. This way, they get a better understanding of what they need to know from other student's point of view.
Why should you apply? Campus Ambassadors have flexible schedules with small meeting times during the summer followed by the New Student Orientations. You will gain leadership quality from being in charge of an event that most students will never receive. You WILL make new friends and become closer to your campus. This job is not filing papers or answering phones. Being a campus ambassador is having fun while you work.
Please consider becoming a campus ambassador and working with Jon and I this summer. Below is a link to apply as well as the dates for the New Student Orientations.
NSO 2012 #1 Tues 20-Jun 12-5p
NSO 2012 #2 Wed 18-Jul 9-2p
NSO 2012 # 3 Thurs 9-Aug 4-9p
NSO 2012 #4 Fri 17-Aug 12-5p