Applications for the Ambassador Program are now available for next year here. I encourage students to consider this co-curricular credit option. I have enjoyed it very much. You have so much to gain from this volunteer service group. I found a place to belong and an opportunity to make a difference.
January 2017 was my first semester back “in school” after 25 years. It was a tough adjustment for several reasons. One that left the strongest impression on me was the loneliness. Coming into school in January between academic years (taking both first and second year classes), I thought I would meet a lot of new people. I was saddened to find that many students don’t talk to each other. I didn’t make a single connection.
So, I started looking for ways to get connected. I found many groups meet at Connection Hour and a few were interesting for me. However, that unfortunately doesn’t work for me. I don’t come to school on Wednesdays. Other options I investigated also had similar little issues for me.
Until I found the Ambassador Program.
What better way to make friends than to join a group of fellow students in a common goal to support all students at GPRC. We work together on small projects to bring betterment to other students’ days. Working together is a wonderful way to get to know people and enjoy time spent together.
Alexis, we had so much fun with the Roll Back to School event. The Spin to Win Wheel was a hoot and the dice were too much fun! Nysha, I greatly enjoyed setting that event up with you. It was time well spent! I am the type of person who feels refreshed and de-stressed when I spend time with others, so this was rewarding for me.
Now, I haven’t even mentioned the perks of the Ambassador Program, and they are amazing!
You get co-curricular credit, recorded right on your transcript! Tell future prospective employers that you’ve got some experience in leadership, having volunteered all next year with us!
You get free Professional Development (PD) opportunities. I renewed my First Aid and took the new Mental Health First Aid. These are just two of the PD the Ambassadors voted for this year.
Another perk is the grey Ambassador backpack you’ve surely seen some of us wearing. It’s new this year and its been a great backpack. We’ve already got some new ideas for “swag” for next year. You’ll have to join us to check it out.
Yes, I do plan to return next year. I still have to get my idea for a support group for parents-who-are-students off and running! That’s another rewarding aspect of Ambassadors. We can start and run new events and groups that enhance student wellness and success. These are the perfect opportunities to gain experience in leadership. Support from various college departments is available to Ambassadors working with a valuable idea for the betterment of GPRC students.
Coming from a background of 25 years in the workforce, I will tell you that experience like this makes your education even more valuable to prospective employers. It helps break that cycle of education-but-no-experience we start out with when we graduate. It’s time well spent.
See you next year!