From the 2021 Ambassadors

Marissa and Bennett were elected by the student body to serve as the 2021 Student Ambassadors and have shared their experience below.

Marissa Lux

Marissa Lux
Powercat In one word, how would you describe your experience as a K-State Student Ambassador?

Captivating

Powercat What surprised you the most about your experience?

I was delighted by the amount of stories I was able to hear and share through the role of Student Ambassador. I met many different K-Staters that all had different life paths and connections to K-State. I gained new perspectives and learned something from everyone I encountered. The most surprising feeling was being able to share the same love for K-State no matter if I was talking with an alumni, current student, or prospective student.

Powercat Do you have a favorite event you attended?

My favorite event was homecoming week. This year was the first ‘normal’ homecoming after Covid-19 so there was lots of homecoming spirit throughout Manhattan. We started off with the 5K, the weather was beautiful, and we had a great turn out. Pant the Chant and WRL are always fun events that bring K-State students together. My favorite homecoming event was the parade and pep rally. I could not stop smiling while driving through Manhattan and seeing so many K-Staters. The pep rally brings incredible energy that wraps up homecoming week perfectly!

Powercat How do you feel you made a difference as a K-State Student Ambassador?

One major role of Student Ambassador is engaging with students and showing them that they are truly apart of the K-State family. I think I made a difference by plugging in as many different students to K-State events and activities. I wanted to make sure students both felt like they belonged and that they knew what was happening on campus. Each and every K-Stater has an important role and I hope I was able to convey that.

Powercat What advice would you give the 2022 K-State Student Ambassadors?

Advice I would give to the next Student Ambassadors is to be yourself, be intentional and have fun! This role provides a great opportunity to connect with different K-Staters and gives you a platform to hear stories. Stay true to your personal K-State story and share it with others, you never know what similarities you might find. Soak up the year term you have, it goes by fast so be intentional with each conversation and event you are able to attend. 

Powercat Is there anything you wish you would have known at the beginning of your term?

I truly loved every minute and would not change anything about my term of Student Ambassador. However, I wish we would have known how Covid-19 was going to affect the year. Going into the term we did not know how many events we would be able to attend due to the pandemic. Thankfully, we were able to gradually get back into events as the year went on. 

 

Bennett ShipleyBennett Shipley
Powercat In one word, how would you describe your experience as a K-State Student Ambassador?

Impactful

Powercat What surprised you the most about your experience?

What surprised me the most was the amount of people I would meet and interact with. From events across the state or just on campus, I enjoyed getting to connect with so many K-Staters.

Powercat Do you have a favorite event you attended?

My favorite event that I attended was the St. Joe Alumni/Student event. This was the first event Marissa and I were able to present together and to top it off, we heard from Bill Snyder. He provided some great stories and life advice that I will cherish forever.

Powercat How do you feel you made a difference as a K-State Student Ambassador?

I feel like I made a difference at K-State while being student ambassador while connecting with so many K-Staters and sharing my experience I’ve had while at K-State.

Powercat What advice would you give the 2022 K-State Student Ambassadors?

I would advise the next ambassadors to cherish the moment and be up for anything. I think Marissa and I did a good job taking on as many opportunities as possible and that is what helped make our experience so great.

Powercat Is there anything you wish you would have known at the beginning of your term?

I wish I would’ve known that this experience wasn’t going to be like years past. COVID-19 threw a wrench in our plans at times and limited our events and activities. I wish I would’ve known how limited our experience might be. Overall, I am so thankful for this opportunity, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.