Being a K-State Student Ambassador: Year in Review

K-State Alumni Communications

Each year during Homecoming a male and a female student are elected as K-State Student Ambassadors to represent the student body and speak at Alumni Association and University activities throughout Kansas. Tyler Johnson and Jordan Priddle were elected by the student body to serve as the 2013 K-State Student Ambassadors and have shared their experience below. To learn more about the K-State Student Ambassador program, click here.

Tyler Johnson (Photo: K-State Alumni Association)

In one word, how would you describe your experience as a K-State Student Ambassador?
Monumental.

What surprised you the most about your experience?
I didn’t come from a family of K-State grads, so it was always surprising to me to meet families who had generation after generation of K-State students in their family. My family is very rooted in our own special traditions, so seeing the tradition of purple running so deep was really phenomenal. 

Do you have a favorite event you attended?
My favorite event was the Wabash CannonBall in Kansas City. It was heartwarming to see our alumni coming together to enjoy each other’s company while raising money to support current K-State students. We danced, we sang, we laughed and we celebrated the continued success of Kansas State University. It was an honor to attend, and I look forward to going back for another evening of fun with the K-State family. 

How do you feel you made a difference as a K-State Student Ambassador?
My biggest mission this year was to connect with students and show them all that K-State has to offer. As I look back at the work we’ve done this year, I’m confident that Jordan and I have done just that. I’ve seen students on campus tours and at football games who decided to check out K-State after seeing our presentations at Just For Juniors or alumni events. Being able to see that impact first hand makes it all worth it.   

What advice would you give the 2014 K-State Student Ambassadors?
Really seize the opportunity to get to know the K-State faculty you meet along the way. They are incredibly valuable resources who want to see you succeed at K-State and down the road as a professional.

Is there anything you wish you would have known at the beginning of your term?
My first piece of advice is simple: have fun. I don’t know when any of us will ever have the opportunity to travel the state to meet alumni and future students of all ages. It’s a unique experience, so you have to make the most of it. Road trip sing-alongs also are very important. Most importantly, remember that you are a face for K-State. Some of the students and alumni who can’t make it to Manhattan often will view you as their link to the university. It’s up to you to give the relevant, accurate and consistent information. You have the challenge of trying to bring Manhattan to them, but it’s also an incredible privilege. Prepare yourself for the best year of your life.
Jordan Priddle (Photo: K-State Alumni Association)

In one word, how would you describe your experience as a K-State Student Ambassador?
Whirlwind.

What surprised you the most about your experience?
Here I was thinking, “I love K-State more than anyone.” I was surprised and blessed to find the years, dedication and hard work our alumni have put into K-State 

Do you have a favorite event you attended?
The Alumni Student Event in Paola was great - great people, great food - truly a win-win.

How do you feel you made a difference as a K-State Student Ambassador?
As Student Ambassador I think I have connected with students and alumni alike, as I represent K-State in a genuine, passionate way.

What advice would you give the 2014 K-State Student Ambassadors?
The best piece of advice I can give is not my own actually, but the words of Howard Thurman: "Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask what makes you come alive and go do that. Because the world needs people who have come alive." K-State was my passion, find yours! 

Is there anything you wish you would have known at the beginning of your term?
The year flies by so fast. Value every event, but most importantly every person you meet along the way. You can learn from anyone and everyone something about yourself. 

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