Student touts lessons learned in University Ambassador experience
By Mary Kincy
Darius Jones has learned a lot from Texas State, and he’ll be the first to tell you that: “I’ve learned to think fast on my feet and also to be flexible,” he says. “To be reliable and to be honest with people. It’s taught me patience, too.”
But Jones — at least in this case — isn’t talking about instruction received in the classroom. Rather, he’s referring to lessons learned during his time in service to University Ambassadors, a volunteer organization of student leaders who act as hosts for Texas State.
Jones became involved with the program in late 2010, and although University Ambassadors are not offered financial compensation for their service, the junior majoring in pre-mass communication with a minor in diversity studies says the rewards are great.
“It really does pay off in the end,” Jones says. “It’s great for me to share my love for Texas State with prospective students. I like to know that I impacted someone’s choice in coming here.”
Jones hopes one day to work in university student affairs — hopefully, he says, at Texas State — and believes the networking and interpersonal skills he’s learned as an ambassador will serve him well in that endeavor.
“It will prepare you for the real world,” he says of being an ambassador. “I’ve met great people through it and had nothing but great experiences with it.”
Jones is a native of Dallas, Texas, and attended Duncanville High School before beginning his post-secondary education at Texas State in the summer of 2009. Ironically, he did not attend a Bobcat Day — the semiannual event offering prospective students valuable information about attendance at Texas State that he now helps to staff — but he did get an opportunity to interact on campus.
“I saw how caring the faculty and staff were, and that’s when I knew this was where I needed to be,” he says.
Jones describes the best ambassadors as those who are loyal, passionate about Texas State and interested in helping others.
“If you like making a difference in others’ lives and also want to grow into a better leader then University Ambassadors is the place to start,” he says.
Membership in University Ambassadors is limited to students who complete a selection process. For more information, visit the website here.