As graduation approaches and the final chapter of my time at George Mason University closes, I can reflect back on my time as a student ambassador for OrcaTV and what a wonderful learning experience it has been. I’ve always been a shy person and so reaching out to so many student organizations was a daunting task. Being a student ambassador, being able to find my professional voice, and feeling my confidence grow has been life-changing. I have learned not only learned valuable skills, but I have also been a part of helping Mason grow into an active community rich with student organizations and lively, engaging events.
In the past semester that I’ve been an Ambassador, I’ve worked on a lot of really great initiatives. They have been both big and small. I was able to promote the “Dialogue and Difference Project”, an initiative from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, through coordinating with a member to display ads on the campus TVs. The project coordinates monthly facilitated conversations on controversial topics so that participants may engage with each other and expand their perspectives without being excluded for their opinions,
Some have been larger scale, like helping Mason’s Fraternity and Sorority Life get the word out for a successful recruitment for Kappa Delta, which became the newest sorority on campus this past fall. For this initiative, we used hashtags, campus TV ads, and met up with Kappa Delta representatives to make sure they felt at home at Mason and that prospective sorority women knew about them.
I have enjoyed working on each and every initiative these past two semesters, but my favorite was working with Gamma Phi Beta, a sorority which raises money for Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia, to help show interest in their main philanthropic event of the fall semester. For Gamma Phi Beta’s “Moonball” kickball tournament my partner Lindsay and I worked with Sophie, Apogee’s National Content Coordinator, to create an eye-catching Snapchat geofilter, and we created a hashtag (#kickitwithgphi) so that every picture posted with the hashtag would appear on a social media feed on the televisions all throughout Mason’s campus. It was a huge success, and everyone involved with the event happily used the hashtag and geofilter. When the social media feed went up, people were excitedly snapping pictures of the televisions they were featured on, and the event got more exposure than it would have without this campaign. It was a fun time, and it made an impact to help the event be more successful. The event ended up raising several hundred dollars for Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia.
I am sad that my time with OrcaTV is coming to an end, but it has done so much to prepare me for a bright future. My confidence has grown considerably through working with this team, and I feel prepared for whatever post-graduation life brings me thanks to the real-life skills I have learned. My experience with OrcaTV has been one of a kind, and I am so grateful to have had such wonderful mentors and such a great time.