During the final year of my three years studying at Writtle University College, I became a Student Ambassador for the University. One of the roles as a student ambassador, is to introduce potential students to the university college by giving tours of the campus and accommodation and answering any questions or queries from parents and future students. In addition to giving tours, student ambassadors would help with the set up and also clean-up of open day events or guest speakers or lecture evenings. This role helps you to gain the understanding of the preparation required to run events and also what it is like on the day while also helping the marketing team. There is also an opportunity to work with young people carrying out school visits, delivering assemblies and helping out at taster days.
I had some previous experience with ambassador work from my previous college and school which involved showing potential families around the facilities. However, even if I didn’t have this experience, the student ambassador team supported me completely, enabling me to answer as many questions from families as possible and also knowing the role. Becoming a student ambassador can really help with confidence in talking to new people and being put on the spot, learning new skills and knowledge, opening doors for your future and also the ability to be versatile, a skill you can take on with you in life. During this role, I have met some great people, from staff to fellow students creating a great friendship. I have built confidence in myself, which has helped me in my final year of university with delivering presentations.
My only regret from becoming a student ambassador is that I didn’t apply sooner, you are able to learn and get fully involved with helping the university and creating a positive university experience for yourself, plus it looks great on your CV! I have decided to stay on at University for another year to complete a master’s degree in Equine Performance Science and during this time I will continue to work as a Student Ambassador.
My recommendation for future students, is to get involved and not care what others think or do but worry about what can help you and your future!
Written by Mae Harkness
MSc Equine Performance Science