December 5, 2022


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The ‘superheroes’ main Mason’s tour expertise

The ‘superheroes’ main Mason’s tour expertise

Tour season is year-round at George Mason College, with periods supplied Monday by way of Saturday, twice a day, each week. The those who assist make this occur are the Mason Ambassadors: Mason’s student-volunteer tour guides.

The ‘superheroes’ main Mason’s tour expertise
Mason Ambassadors. Picture by Cristian Torres/Strategic Communications

“The Ambassadors are like mini superheroes,” stated Carla Goodwin, assistant director of undergraduate admissions and advisor to Mason Ambassadors.

Along with main excursions for potential college students, guests, and new Mason staff, Ambassadors take part in and symbolize Mason’s pupil inhabitants at admission occasions, pupil panels, webinars, and photoshoots. 

“What’s distinctive about these excursions given by present college students is that they supply that sentimental and emotional piece about Mason,” Goodwin stated. “It’s good to see what Mason actually means to the present college students and the way it makes a distinction for them.”

For Sam Harrison, Mason Ambassadors president and a senior majoring in group well being, “school was all about getting snug with being uncomfortable,” she stated. “In highschool, I had a giant worry of public talking, so I joined Mason Ambassadors in 2019 to essentially enhance my communication and interpersonal expertise.”

Mason student giving a tour
Mason Ambassador Mario Belenfante joined the workforce as a technique to get entangled and make connections. Picture by Cristian Torres/Strategic Communications

Ambassadors endure an utility and interview course of. Upon acceptance, they undergo coaching, together with workshops with places of work resembling Profession Providers and Scholar Success Teaching for individualized tutorial {and professional} growth.

Each spring, Goodwin stated she teaches a one-credit course, known as “UNIV 333: Peer Management—Mason Ambassadors,” to assist Ambassadors get acquainted with numerous pupil help providers, such because the LGBTQ+ Assets Heart and the Workplace of Worldwide Applications and Providers.

The coaching has sensible functions for the Ambassadors as properly.

Navigating Mason’s numerous assets and huge campus could be overwhelming, Harrison stated. And the coaching makes one snug with accessing Mason’s quite a few places of work and sharing that vital data on the excursions.

Mario Belenfante, vice chairman of visits for Mason Ambassadors, stated he joined the workforce as a technique to get entangled, make connections, and construct priceless expertise for his communication main.

“I all the time inform folks on the finish of my excursions that I hope I could make Mason really feel like an inclusive, secure place and make Mason really feel like house for them,” stated Belenfante, who led 78 excursions within the Spring 2022 semester.

“Seeing the scholars that I’ve given excursions to finish up at Mason simply makes what I am doing 10 occasions higher,” he stated.

Excursions are ever-changing, because the Ambassadors work to tailor the expertise to college students with completely different pursuits and as new options are added to the Fairfax Campus.

On-campus visits include a 30-minute data session with an admissions employees member, adopted by an Ambassador-led campus tour or a self-guided strolling tour.

Mason additionally affords digital choices, together with digital data periods hosted by an admissions counselor, digital guided excursions led by Mason Ambassadors, and an unbiased digital tour that’s accessible any time on the college web site.

These digital choices stay vital, Goodwin stated, as they make excursions accessible to underrepresented college students and people that won’t have the monetary means to journey or take break day work.

As a consequence of rising curiosity in on-campus visits, Goodwin stated the objective is to recruit 100 new Mason Ambassadors throughout this semester.

College students can apply right here by September 24.