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By Trevor Piccone, Contributing Writer
West Liberty University is very trusting in its students’ abilities. In fact, it trusts the students so much that they are used as a primary way to reach out to visiting families and schools.
These students, known as student ambassadors, are representatives responsible for touring here at West Liberty, and they are what make the university stand apart from other schools. They are the faces of the campus that are able to reach out to prospective students on a personal level as they speak of their own experiences and display their knowledge of the school.
It began in 2009 and is continually being improved on so that ambassadors are as prepared as possible as they interact with upcoming students. Recently, positions have opened up for student ambassadors, and King was able to give some advice for students interested.
When asked what the most important aspect of a student they look for is, King said, “We’re looking for someone who loves West Liberty and wants to share their experiences.” She also noted that although there are no specific character qualities they look for, student ambassadors are typically outgoing with strong communication skills, which are almost vital.
When asked of any horror stories related to tours, King replied that the only thing is when a family comes and they either don’t talk or make inappropriate jokes. This is when those communications really come in handy.
King noted that although the campus sells itself, the interaction between students is what really matters. Each student is paired with an ambassador specific to them so that they get the experience they need. There is no script for these tours, so these ambassadors have even more ability to not only give out fun facts, but experiences that wouldn’t ordinarily be highlighted.
“I’m very proud of our student ambassadors and I think they do an excellent job,” King said, proving students are much more to this school than just a number.