In this blog, we spoke to third year Psychology student Candelaria from Argentina. She spoke about her experience as a student ambassador for the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS).
2 October 2018
Why did you decide to become a student ambassador?
I really like my course and wanted to become part of the team that made me feel really comfortable when I come here. It was not only about getting some work experience on my CV and earning some money but it was a good opportunity to promote my course. I’m also quite good at talking to people so I thought it would be a good fit for me.
What kinds of activities have you taken part in?
I have done some campus tours, a Psychology offer holder day, two faculty offer holder days and the undergraduate open day. The good thing for those thinking about becoming ambassadors is that you can choose what you’d like to take part in so you don’t have to participate in every activity.
What are the benefits of being an ambassador?
Being an ambassador has helped me practise a lot of skills. The responsibility of the role and being part of a team has been a really positive experience, especially as it’s been my first real experience of work outside my study. All the ambassadors have the opportunity to give feedback on things such as open days and offer holder days. This includes improvements in how the activities are run and what talks would be useful.
What do you enjoy most about being an ambassador?
I really like talking to people. The thing I enjoy most is getting a sense of what the students want and showing them what the School can offer. Seeing them get excited to come and study Psychology with us at the University is quite cool. I enjoy telling them about my experience of the course and the University as a whole. I know I chose Queen Mary because of the ambassadors I spoke to so it’s exciting that we can play a part in what is a very important decision for them.
What advice to students thinking of becoming an ambassador?
Just go ahead and apply. It’s an experience you can’t really get once you leave university. If you like your course and are passionate about what you’re doing, it’s really fulfilling to help someone else decide. I haven’t met anyone who has regretted becoming an ambassador.
Becoming an ambassador
Each year our admissions team contacts students to see if they're interested in becoming a student ambassador. Make sure you keep an eye on your emails and respond if you'd like to participate in the student ambassador programme.