It almost feels like yesterday when I had to get up from my comfy bed and go to Cabrini at 8am for my first college tour. It was Cabrini's Open House in the fall of 2015, my senior year of high school. I just wanted to get this over with and get all the free stuff I could, because who could turn down free things?
It was crazy to think that I would even step foot on a campus. My mindset was still in high school and staying with all my friends. I remember the day started off with food and then my family and I followed an admissions ambassador to the Communication Department. I was able to see the student-run newspaper, look at the video production studio, and even see the radio station, where they were live on air. I was so overwhelmed and had piles of information to process.
I separated from my parents to go to a student panel. That was where all the questions that kids had—but didn't want to say in front of their parents—were asked.
Right off the bat, I loved the environment. Everyone seemed close and friendly toward each other, even professors with the current students there. The classrooms were small and the tour guide said, "You aren't just a number here."
Admissions ambassadors, welcoming the prospective students for the class of 2022!
It's crazy to sit in front of a room, now in the fall of 2017, with an admissions ambassador shirt and jacket on, talking to prospective students and parents, answering all the questions I had as a prospective student. Not only did the amazing Communication Department win me over, but also the family feeling that was portrayed during the Open House back in 2015. The feeling of friendliness and acceptance by the admissions ambassadors really made me feel like I could have a place here on campus.
Being able to share with prospective students and parents the same feelings I had when I was in their shoes, not long ago, made me feel like I could help someone like me find a place like home. To see the worried families' faces turn into smiles made me realize that being an admissions ambassador is not only a job, it is a safety net for others who feel worried or scared.