Wednesday, December 21, 2016

End of the Fall Semester

Well, it’s the end of the semester. The time when people travel back home to see family and friends. Everyone has fought so hard throughout the semester and now we all get to relax. Although this is a happy time, it can be a sad time for us Ambassadors. We have a few much loved members graduating this semester. It's been a wonderful time going down this journey with a group of amazing people. We hope everyone has fantastic goals to reach for the year 2017. 

Congratulations to all the Ambassadors and students of UMSL who are graduated Saturday, December 17th, 2016! You all will be missed!  

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Fall 2016 Commencement

Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremonies are just around the corner, and will take place this Saturday, December 17th!

Three ceremonies will be conducted. The first ceremony will be conducted at 10am, and will include the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Social Work, Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Liberal Studies, and the Master of Public Policy Administration. The second ceremony will take place at 2pm, and will include the College of Arts and Sciences. Finally, the third ceremony will start at 6pm, and will include graduates from the College of Business and UMSL/WU Joint Engineering Program. Also, graduates who did not participate in the May ceremony will be able to participate in this upcoming one.

You’ll find UMSL Ambassadors all over the commencement ceremonies, guiding guests, assisting graduates, and helping everyone find where they need to be. Just look for us in our red vests. And some of our fellow Ambassadors will be graduating this semester. Cydney, Jenna, Lena and Maria, congratulations to you all! We will miss you!

Monday, December 12, 2016

End of the Fall Semester Gathering

On Friday December 2nd the UMSL Ambassadors celebrated the conclusion of a long hard-worked semester. All ambassadors were invited to share a meal and festivities. 

One Lead Ambassador lead a round of two truths and a lie, a game in which you list 2 truths, and 1 lie about yourself. We learned that most of the ambassadors are terrible liars, and gave themselves away instantly. Others were slightly more mischievous and the group couldn’t decipher their fibs from the truths. There was plenty of laughter, and many moments of surprise. 

After we began to play a game called heads up made famous by the Ellen show. We passed around an iPhone around the circle of ambassadors and when the phone came to you, you held it to your forehead and the screen would show the rest of the team a word or phrase that they would have to act out or give clues for you to guess. The categories included songs, movies, famous people, animals, and acting out. The time passed quickly, and the laughter was contagious. 

With a fun gathering we celebrated, and discussed the semester, shared our tasks for the upcoming exams, and praised our outgoing seniors who will be greatly missed. What a tremendous finish to a demanding yet well completed semester. 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Ambassador Presence at UMSL Day

UMSL Day is a special event where potential students are invited to see all the programs UMSL has to offer! It consists of opportunities to meet with faculty, current students, and campus tours. For Lead Ambassador, senior biology major Shurouk Alkharabsheh, UMSL Day provides student organizations a great first impression toward prospective students in order to promote and expand their organization.

Shurouk attended UMSL Day with her fellow members of the Pre-Dental Society. “Not only did UMSL Day allow us to publicize the organization, we were also able to draw in potential students to join. It excites me to know that our organization will continue to grow even after I graduate,” she said.

Many Ambassadors not only represent the University, but also many other student organizations.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The National Society of Leadership and Success

The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) is a leadership organization in which its main mission is to shape leaders and help college students accomplish their goals. The society offers many scholarships and chances for members of the society to gather and discuss their main goals in life. Most importantly, it provides multiple live broadcasts of popular, successful figures who give out motivational speeches to help guide college students through their journey to success. One of our Ambassadors, Yazan has become a member of this society and is excited to share its success.

On November 9th there was a broadcast given by Jesse Eisenberg. He started out his speech talking about his own life experiences, how he managed to cope with his failures, and how he chose the right path to take developing as an individual. A great remark given by Eisenberg, which he used to keep him on the path to success and pursue his goal and purpose, was his constant effort to try and accomplish his goal even though there were huge chances of him failing. As he said, “Doing something is much better than not doing it at all.” Implicitly what he intended to convey to the audience is that staying at home instead of accomplishing your goals is way worse than failure. Every individual must take a leap of faith in order to reach their ultimate goals. Also, according to him, thinking positively about failures and learning from them will open endless opportunities for any individual to take advantage of and accomplish them. 

So go out there and accomplish your goals!

Monday, November 7, 2016

UMSL Ambassadors take on the Haunted House

On Friday, October 28th, the Pierre Laclede Honors College organized their annual haunted house at the Provincial house on campus. The event was open to anyone who dared to face the frightening Halloween chills and thrills. They also started the evening off with pizza to get folks pumped up before entering the rooms of doom. We UMSL Ambassadors partook in the festivities for the second year in a row! We went as a group as a part of our monthly social gatherings. What better way to bond with old and new members than enduring the things that go bump in the night? Fortunately, we all survived the spooks and scares. We look forward to the next social event together!