When I started college, I didn’t know a lot. I wasn’t sure what my major would be. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to sign up for Greek recruitment. And I wasn’t exactly sure how to do my own laundry. But I did know one thing: I knew that I wanted to be a University Ambassador (UA). As a prospective student touring TU, my UA tour guides made a strong impression on me. To be honest, they’re the reason I’m a student here today.
I chose TU for three reasons: 1) the strong academics; 2) the Division I team sports; and 3) the people I met while touring. A multitude of schools met my first two points, but TU was the only university where I actually made a connection, and that is because of the people I met here. They were excited that I was on campus. They had a lot of passion for their university, and they were involved leaders and students on campus. As a high school senior, I was impressed by them. In reality, I was awed. I wanted to be like them one day. I wanted to go to out-of-state football games. I wanted to become a student leader. I wanted to study abroad in France, and I wanted to eat dinner with my professors. Even more than that, I wanted to create my own fun memories in addition to the ones they had to tell. So, when the University Ambassador applications came out, you can sure bet that I applied.
I’m now in my fourth semester at TU, and I am terrified that I am almost halfway finished. I still have as much passion for my university as I did the first time I stepped on campus, and I love being able to share that passion with prospective students. That’s why I’m a UA. Each week I have the opportunity to share how wonderful my TU is and hope that others will see it too. I know how stressful the college decision-making process can be, and I want to be able to make that easier on high school seniors. I want them to know that I understand what they’re going through and I want them to be able to find a home here at TU…just like I have.
In addition to giving weekly tours, University Ambassadors also host events such as Tulsa Time and Preview TU. Tulsa Time is meant to help prospective students get a sneak peak into what it’s actually like to make the TU campus their home. They stay overnight and participate in a multitude of activities to see what a typical student’s day is like. I love seeing how many students participate in Tulsa Time. Preview TU is similar in that students who have been admitted to TU can come to campus to visit residence halls, browse the student activity fair, check out TU’s athletic facilities and campus ministry locations, and visit with current students and faculty. It’s an open house for campus!
Whether it is welcoming prospective students to campus at registration, giving a big group tour or helping an individual student find their way to a classroom, I enjoy any and all contact I have with potential students during these events. There are so many impressive and interesting people out there, and I love hearing about their stories and accomplishments.
Making a positive impact on someone else is what being a University Ambassador means to me. I fell in love with TU and every week I get the chance help someone else do the same. Who wouldn’t love that? Plus, I get to say I’m in the same organization as Goldie, TU’s most famous canine ambassador!
Written by Brittany J., a sophomore Mechanical Engineering major from Lee’s Summit, MO.
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