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2014 Student Ambassadors

Chance Berndt and Ava Clark were named the 2014 K-State Student Ambassadors during halftime of the K-State Homecoming football game on Oct. 26.

The two will represent the student body at alumni and student events for one year. Each received a $1,500 scholarship, clothing from Borck Bros. and official K-State ring.

The Student Ambassador program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association. Each year a female and male student are elected. Berndt and Clark were selected after completing a nomination and application process followed by a first-round interview with a student panel and a second-round interview with K-State faculty and alumni. Both were then elected by a student ballot during K-State's Homecoming week activities.

Chance Berndt
Year in school: Junior 
Major: Marketing and International Studies
Hometown: Herington, Kan.

 Favorite Quotes
"If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world, and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." - E.B. White

"Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place." – Vonnegut

 Interests
Singing, dancing, listening to, and anything else involving music
Making as many new friends as humanly possible
Coffee, dark chocolate, and other items that make late nights worthwhile
Anything and everything about K-State, including but not limited to the 'Cats, Leadership Studies, and Bill Snyder’s spirit animal

 About Me
I love K-State, triathlons, stress baking, black coffee, and all forms of social media. Still trying to find out what a “comfort zone” is. Currently looking into building an apartment in the corner of Radina’s, so I never have to leave campus ever again.

Ambassador Related Questions
1. Why is K-State important to you? 
K-State is my home. No other word describes how integral this university has been in my life. K-State has made the last two years the most dynamic, transformative, and fun experiences I’ve ever had. The people here are inspiring. Just by being around them, I am continually motivated to think, act, and care more deeply, to the absolute extent of my ability. Why? Because that’s what K-Staters do.

2. Why did you decide to run for Ambassador? 
K-State has given me more than I could ever describe. When I thought of ways that I could give back, and I heard of a position dedicated to show people how amazing K-State is, it was an easy choice. There is no other position that fits my strengths and who I am, nor that allows me to represent and serve this university to such a deep extent, as Student Ambassador.

3. What is your greatest challenge to overcome in projecting a positive image about K-State? 
I truly believe that K-State has the best undergraduate experience in the nation, bar none. The dedication and love our students show for our university speaks for itself. My greatest challenge is to show the world just why that’s true, and convince them to come see it for themselves. Once you step foot on this campus, you will know what we mean when we speak of the K-State Spirit….and you will never want to leave.

4. What qualities do you have that will allow you to succeed in the role of an Ambassador? 
If I could spend every hour on campus sharing my passion for K-State with others, I don’t think I’d graduate for another twenty years. Nothing energizes and excites me more than showing others why I love this university so much, and helping them find their own reasons to love it as well. That’s why I do what I do. That’s why I love my life here.

Ava Clark
Year in school: Sophomore
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.

 Favorite Quotes
“Though she be but little, she is fierce!” –William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
“If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.” –Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

 Interests
Going on adventures
Watching inspirational YouTube videos
Running
Reading

 About Me
My talents include hula hooping and online shopping. My parking skills are sub-par and I can be found drinking coffee at any hour of the day. Also, I’m pretty sure I’ve watched enough episodes of House Hunters to get my real estate license. 

Ambassador Related Questions
1. Why is K-State important to you? 
To me, K-State is a university unlike any other. The staff and faculty here understand that that the four or five years that we spend here are critical to who we will be and what we will accomplish later in life. This is why K-State places importance not only on developing its students academically and professionally, but also personally. This unique perspective K-State has on its students is why K-State is so important to me.

2. Why did you decide to run for Ambassador? 
Over the course of my career here I’ve learned that what separates K-State from other colleges isn’t the student to teacher ratio, the dorm food, or how fast you can walk from one end of campus to the other, but rather the feeling of knowing that the administration, faculty and your fellow students genuinely care about seeing you succeed. I decided to run for Student Ambassador because I want to help share this message with prospective students.

3. What is your greatest challenge to overcome in projecting a positive image about K-State? 
I think a topic that weighs heavily on the minds of perspective students is the price tag associated with attending K-State. While there isn’t a whole lot I can do to change the cost, I can explain to prospective students that the cost will ultimately be worth it. I would tell them that a K-State experience truly is priceless and that the incredible academic programming, passionate faculty and staff, and campus culture is something you cannot get anywhere else.

4. What qualities do you have that will allow you to succeed in the role of an Ambassador? 
You cannot sell K-State the same way to every person. It’s important that you understand what each individual prospective student is looking for in their college experience. I think that the analytical quality of my personality will be good at gauging what a student is looking for and then I can use my genuine love and excitement about K-State to explain to them how we can meet and exceed their needs.

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