Chanelle Bertelsen Inspires
“Being an ambassador has its perks- you get to meet prospective students, share stories, and most of all, inspire! The funny thing is… even though that’s what we are told will happen when we become an ambassador, it’s not until you take part and witness it first-hand that you truly understand what it feels like to inspire.
Last year was my first time taking part in a SCAD Day. Due to being a NewBee my previous quarter, I didn’t have the chance to lead a tour until then. After being given my assignment, I was ready to kick off the day. Standing behind Poetter Hall on a chilly morning, I received my task, resident tours at Turner House. I’m not going to lie- I thought that was the worst assignment ever! I was going to be cooped up in a room, away from all the excitement and apart from the ambassador unit.
My partner and I arrived at the room; it was a slow hit till noon. Not many people had questions or even verbalized thoughts. Then, all of a sudden, it was crazy! People were busy rushing back and forth; we were answering questions at light speed, sharing experiences and listening to perspective students all the while. It turned out to be lots of fun and the guests felt the same way!
Although it was fun chatting with future students, it wasn’t until this year that I realized our impact as Ambassadors. The second week into fall quarter my fellow officers and I held our first Fashion Buzz meeting. At the meeting, there were lots of new faces smiling up at us. After the meeting, while everyone was filing out, a blonde girl came up to me- grinning. She introduced herself. She told me I gave her a tour of Turner House last year and I had inspired and driven her to come to SCAD. Then she followed with a simple, “Thank you.” I had no to clue what to say, it was incredible that I convinced one girl to follow her dreams and come to SCAD. I was the reason she was standing there in front of me. That was an amazing feeling- to be a part of her decision- and it made me realize Ambassadors can be quite inspiring!” – Ambassador Chanelle Bertelsen
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