The Opportunities from Being an Ambassador

Allie Gabbard

Allie Gabbard,
Senior, Engineering Technology & Management

Athens, OH 9 December 2019

As the semester comes to a close, I want to take a minute to reflect on the wonderful opportunity students have to become an Engineering Ambassador in the Russ College. I encourage any and all students, if presented with a nomination, to pursue this opportunity as it is truly a life changing experience. Being a student ambassador is more than wearing a green polo shirt and giving tours; these students work to recruit and network students, strive to develop professionally across many facets, and participate in community engagement in multiple areas.

Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to not only partake in this wonderful organization, but also serve as their Vice-President. I have had the opportunity to extend my professional development far more than I would have ever imagined. I have had the opportunity to work with two different deans, more than thirty different students from different majors, and lots and lots of alumni. The Bobcat nation is truly fantastic all across the board.

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to Bonita Springs, Florida to meet with the Russ College Board of Visitors. This team is comprised of some fantastic individuals they have set the bar high for OHIO graduates. They are truly an inspiration for all students and it was an honor to meet with them.

During the weekend, Lydia and I had the opportunity to participate in meetings related to the Russ College and business moving forward with the school. The board provides input to the Dean to help guide her down the correct path through their experience in their respective industries. I cannot express my gratitude for having the opportunity to listen and learn. I had some fantastic conversations with some of my new role models moving forward.

Thank you, Engineering Technology and Management, for nominating me for this role. Thank you to the Board of Visitors, Administration and Dean Wei for inviting Lydia and I to listen, learn and provide the perspective of current students. It was an honor to be a part of such an established team and I really look forward to speaking with everyone more in the future.

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