OUS student ambassadors helping fellow scholars

Published 10:18 am Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Student ambassador Rachel Swindler with Ohio University Southern is seen assisting Elijah Hamilton.

Student ambassador Rachel Swindler with Ohio University Southern is seen assisting Elijah Hamilton.

When it comes to acclimating to college life, students sometimes have a lot of questions. At Ohio University Southern, student ambassadors are on-hand to answer those questions and help students through the process of applying to college.

“(Student ambassadors) are often the first face the students see,” said Eric McLaughlin, admission adviser at OUS. “They know our students.”

In order to become student ambassadors, students must meet GPA and class requirements in addition to providing letters of recommendation.

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McLaughlin said that students selected as ambassadors are the “best of the best” and “represent the student body really well.”

In addition to helping students navigate college life, student ambassadors also assist the university with recruitment and have helped staff university recruitment booths around the community.

“They are walking, talking branding for OU Southern,” said McLaughlin.

While student ambassadors provide information and resources to other students, the position provides ambassadors with benefits as well.

“It’s also meant to be a leadership and skill builder (position),” said McLaughlin.

Lead student ambassador Rachel Swindler graduated from OUS with a degree in human services and is now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in social work. She decided to become a student ambassador so she could have a more active role in the campus community.

“It’s great to be a student worker,” said Swindler. “We strive to be role models for the students who are here.”

As an ambassador, Swindler regularly helps students apply to the university and provides students with information about programs and financial aid that is available at the university.

“I think it’s really helpful,” said Swindler. “I love working with students.”

Even when she’s not working on campus, Swindler is ready to answer student’s questions and has even had students approach her in Wal-Mart with their questions.

“I feel like I’m representing the university at all times,” said Swindler.

Swindler said that having student ambassadors who can answer student’s questions can help students feel more comfortable getting information about the university.

“I think it’s definitely easier to approach a student worker,” said Swindler. “We’re easily accessible.”