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Student Ambassadors

By Katie Jeffreys

The Student Ambassadors are a group of current MIT students who serve as liaisons to alumni, prospective students and other visitors to MIT. The group recently served as tour guides and panelists for Campus Preview Weekend, and a few will help out tomorrow with Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji’s visit.

The Student Ambassadors serve as the student branch of the Alumni/ae office. They represent the campus in many forums, including class reunions, Family Weekend, regional MIT Clubs, and various alumni/ae functions.

“The group was started when alumni professed an interest in interacting more with current students. The group worked initially with just alumni and then expanded to encompass admissions, VIPs, etc.,” said Allie Lin ’99, a current Student Ambassador.

Participants have been involved in a wide range of activities. In the past, they’ve helped out with the Alumni Expo, the Technology Review relaunch kickoff, and the MIT Club of Boston seminar series.

“It’s been a really good experience. The most memorable thing I’ve done is going down to Hartford, CT and talking to the prospective students there to give them a student’s view of life at MIT,” Lin said.

The 25 students in the program have diverse backgrounds and interests to better portray the MIT community to visitors who want to know more about the school. The ambassadors are trained in public relations, speaking, and the social graces, and they meet many people who can serve as future contacts.

The organization selects new members at the beginning of the fall term. Interested students can apply over the Web, or come to the MIT Alumni/ae office and speak with Jill Pullen, the group’s adviser.

“We’re looking for people who have had positive experiences at MIT and who feel they can represent the student body well to both prospective students and alumni,” Lin said.