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University Student Ambassador works to reconnect Otterbein with its alumni

University Student Ambassador works to reconnect Otterbein with its alumni

By Courtney Kilmer ‘16

For any student, finding a balance between academics, athletics and an on campus job can be challenging. It takes a lot of effort to have enough time for homework as well as practice. Emily Finnegan, however, has got it down to a tee.

Emily, a sophomore systems engineering major with a math minor, is a member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams as well as a university student ambassador. University ambassadors reach out to Otterbein alumni, family and friends, asking for gifts for the university. They also try to reconnect alumni with the institution by inviting them to events on campus.

All of these obligations can take up a lot of time, but she says that despite the challenges a packed schedule can have, she’s got it pretty well figured out.

“It can be challenging sometimes, but the call center allows me to bring in my homework, as long as it’s not on the computer,” she said. “Outside of class, I’ll just stay up really late until I get my work done, or go to the library, but I try to get my homework done before work. It can be challenging some days, depending on what I have to do, but it’s usually not that much.”

Her favorite part of calling alumni is all of the stories they have to tell about their time at Otterbein. One of the most common kinds of stories that alumni tell is how they met their spouse at Otterbein.

“It’s really nice to get to talk to people who really enjoyed their time at Otterbein and they’re very passionate about our university,” said Emily.

Many alumni and students get to connect with each other through a common major. Because the engineering program is so new, Emily does not have that opportunity for connection, but other students talk to alumni who give their email address and offer to be used as a reference for future jobs. According to Emily, it’s a very rewarding experience.

Overall, the University ambassador program has helped Emily become more confident.

“I feel more comfortable talking to people that I don’t know. When I first started, I was terrified of talking on the phone, but now I look forward to making that connection.”


If you would like to give to The Otterbein FUND, make your online donation here.

See more of our University Ambassadors online.

For more information about the University Ambassadors, please contact Matthew D'Oyly '04 at mdoyly@otterbein.edu or you can call him at 614-823-1963.