ENGAGE Ambassadors (EAs) are visible leaders and advocates for the College of Education and Human Development. They serve as role models to new and prospective students. The primary functions of an EA is to answer questions for new students and their family members during orientation, assist advisors, aid with on campus recruitment for CEHD programs, assist in the development and execution of engagement events, and be an advocate for CHED. As representatives of CEHD, EAs are expected to be able to fulfill varying and diverse expectations throughout training, orientation sessions, recruitment events and other events assigned by the Office of Student and Academic Affairs. While serving as a mentor to new students, EAs are also responsible for communicating and upholding all responsibilities and policies of the role and university. The 2017 - 2018 College of Education and Human Development ENGAGE Ambassadors are:
Hometown: Danville, VA
Involvement: Kinesiology Club Co-President, Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's in Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion Student
Three words that describe me: Ambitious, bold, and helpful
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: I love the sense of community CEHD provides, making Mason feel like home, and helping you make the most out of your college career.
Advice for incoming students: Don't be afraid to reach out to upperclassmen and ask for advice! I'm here for you with my fellow EA's and we can help you get involved and connected!
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Involvement: Hispanic Student Association, and Kinesiology club
Three words that describe me: Patient, caring, and altruistic
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: I love the professors/advisors because they're all so helpful.
Advice for incoming students: I would advise to join different organizations definitely one that's related to your mayor. And to just try to get out of your comfort zone in the end it'll pay off.
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Major: Athletic Training
Involvement: Secretary of Mason Athletic Training Society (MATS) and intramural sports.
Three words that describe me: Ambitious, easygoing, and honest
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: George Mason University, being the largest public institution in Virginia, gives you the opportunity to meet someone new every day. The College of Education and Human Development however is quite small and gives you a sense of family. It truly is the best of both worlds.
Advice for incoming students: Put yourself out there. Take a leap of faith. College is the time to be bold and find out who you are. Join that club. Pledge a Greek organization. Say hi to the person sitting next to you every class. Make the most of your time here at Mason!
Hometown: Covington, VA
Involvement: Mason Kinesiology Club
Three words that describe me: Driven, friendly, and consistent
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: My favorite thing about George Mason is how diverse the community is. It gives you the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and expand your horizons. What I love about CEHD is how it creates a close knit community within the larger university. There is always someone for you to talk to and get help from whether it is a faculty member or one of your classmates.
Advice for incoming students: Get involved as early as possible! You will meet people from many different backgrounds and create friendships that can last a lifetime. You do not want to get to your senior year, look back and have regrets.
Hometown: Round Hill, VA
Major: Athletic Training
Involvement: Mason Athletic Training Society (MATS), Mason Recreation’s The EDGE, Mason’s Competitive Ski & Snowboard club, Mason Snow club, and Intramural soccer
Three words that describe me: Positive, Passionate, Active
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: The small community feel. Although George Mason University is the largest public institution in the state, our College of Education and Human Development allows me to make close and meaningful connections with my peers and professors, who I see nearly every day. Growing up in a rural, tight-knit town in Virginia, I am used to having a small group of very close friends; and I am happy to say CEHD has given me that.
Advice for incoming students: Turn off the voice inside your head that stresses over the little things. I missed out on quite a few opportunities my first semester of freshman year because I let the ‘mini-me’ sitting on my shoulder amplify minute fears of mine. Will it hurt to join a club? Will I look weird if I go alone? What if I do not fit in? Just as Johnny Depp said in Donnie Brasco, “[in New York accent] forgeta bout it.” Mason has a plethora of fantastic clubs, in which several students attend alone at first – although, not for long, as you are bound to meet new people with similar interests. Don’t miss out on all the wonderful opportunities that will come your way here at Mason and discover yourself in the process.
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Major: Athletic Training
Involvement: Mason Athletic Training Society (MATS), club lacrosse, and I work as an equipment tech for the various gyms at Mason.
Three words that describe me: Goal-oriented, fun, and awkward
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: The people, especially how there is always someone willing to try and find a solution to help you.
Advice for incoming students: Have fun and make friends with the people in your major. It is amazing how much your peers can help you. Don’t be afraid to use the services provided like the writing center and library staff either. Their job is to help you succeed. Use your professors as resources as well, because no one is going to be able to help you complete an assignment the proper way more effectively than the professor who will be grading it.
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Involvement: Co – President of Kinesiology Club, Sister of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, and Best Buddies DC member
Three words that describe me: Competitive, motivating, and disciplined.
Favorite thing about CEHD/Mason: The connections I've made with classmates who will eventually become my professional coworkers are incredible. It's been fun to sit in a classroom during my first semester and listen to the goals of my peers, and then sit with them during my last semester and see how much those goals have been refined or changed completely. Helping others develop their plans after college has helped me develop mine!
Advice for incoming students: It really does go by fast. You don't realize it when you're sitting in orientation and they're telling you that it'll be over before you know it. But then you're getting ready for graduation and you realize that the time really does fly. So, take advantage of all of the opportunities that you are presented with. Join an organization. Get an internship. Study abroad. There are so many incredible things that you can do!
Interested in becoming an ENGAGE Ambassador? Email Brandon Quiles, Student Engagement Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.