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Student Ambassadors
September 20, 2017 : New student ambassador group kicks off the beginning of recruitment season


New student ambassador group kicks off the beginning of recruitment season


Story by: Neeley Allen, OUC Student Recruitment Coordinator


Some of Ohio University Chillicothe’s brightest and most talented students filled the room during the Student Ambassador meetings held Sept. 13 and 14, 2017. Student ambassadors are scholarship winners who have proven their academic and social ability through their high school performance.


Each Sept., meetings are held to engage the new student ambassadors in networking activities, discuss student ambassador requirements, and give students the opportunity to volunteer for recruiting events. There are a variety of activities ambassadors may volunteer for such as: high school visits, college fairs, campus and/or community events, orientations, or any other activities that may help successful students learn about Ohio University Chillicothe.

“The Student Ambassador Group is an essential part of our recruiting efforts here at OUC,” said Neeley Allen, Student Recruitment Coordinator and Student Ambassador Advisor. “Student ambassadors are a critical link between the university and the community, so it is important that our brightest and most enthusiastic students share their accomplishments and goals with perspective students. Not only does their participation help make prospective students more comfortable talking to a representative, but it also helps them relate to each other on a more personal level. A personable approach goes a long way.”


Part of the meeting is also spent engaging in conversation to discuss some of the most major reasons why students decide to attend OUC. Not only does this help re-educate student ambassadors of the benefits of OUC, but it also helps them engage in topics that they can share on recruiting visits.


Josh McCorkle, Zane Trace High School graduate and first-year Nursing student, shared his reasons for attending OUC during the meeting.


“I decided to attend OUC because I am a home-body that doesn't like big classes,” he said.
“Another huge factor is how affordable the college is.”


These two factors are only just a couple of the main reasons why students choose to attend OUC.


“Tuition and class-size are two of the most intriguing factors OUC has to offer,” said Allen. “When it comes down to it, these two features are hard to beat amongst other colleges and universities in the state, let alone when you have the prestige of a nationally recognized university such as Ohio University behind your name.”


Students are expected to be a reputable representative for the campus. Appropriate dress, professional conduct, and dependability is expected. Most importantly, being a student ambassador is expected to be fun! Ambassadors find that they enjoy meeting new people, visiting schools, attending events, and sharing their story.


Allen stated, “Not only does being a part of the Student Ambassador group add a nice touch to a resume, but it helps students build necessary life skills that can be used in many aspects of life.”


Emily Davis, Paint Valley High School graduate and first-year Middle Childhood Education student, shared what she looks forward to most about being a student ambassador.


“I am looking forward to getting the opportunity to meet more people at OUC and to just get more involved in my school activities. I already love OUC and want to represent it as best I can,” she said.