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Calling all aspiring student leaders

By Leanne Coleman

Fourth year Bachelor of Teaching and Applied Science student Alannah Filipovich Fourth year Bachelor of Teaching and Applied Science student Alannah Filipovich

Students have the opportunity to join a select group of student leaders from across campus who are already making a significant contribution to the university community.

The Charles Darwin University Student Ambassador Program helps students to build their leadership, communication and teamwork skills, meet new students, and encourage and inspire others to join the CDU community.

Student Recruitment and Events Manager Marissa Briston said that in 2013, 17 students became ambassadors and new students were encouraged to join the program.

“As Student Ambassador, participants have the opportunity to be involved in our recruitment events and promote the university to prospective students, parents and career advisers,” Ms Briston said.

“There is nothing more valuable than prospective students hearing first-hand from current students what it’s like to study at tertiary level.”  

Fourth year Bachelor of Teaching and Applied Science student Alannah Filipovich, who has been assisting during Orientation Week and will make high school visits this year, said she enjoyed helping people realise that university was for everyone.

“Some people seem to be scared or worried about applying, but what many people don’t realise is there are so many different pathways into study, they just need to find the right pathway,” Alannah said.

Alannah said that by being involved in the program she was also gaining skills that would assist her as a teacher, such as public speaking and being a role model. She also said the Ambassador Program was a lot of fun.

“Becoming a Student Ambassador has not only been a great opportunity to inspire current and prospective students, but it is a great way to become involved in the social life of CDU,” she said. “I would definitely recommend the program to those who wish to become more involved in the CDU community.”

Ms Briston said that participants received official recognition of their contributions at a ceremony at the end of the year and on their academic transcripts. For more information visit W: cdu.edu.au/current-students/ambassador-program.