Last Saturday, I participated in my final open house as a Student Ambassador of Rosemont. Realizing this made me extremely sad! But the event, which was for high school juniors, went really well, so at least I’m glad to have that as my last memory.
I’ve been giving tours, speaking on panels, and helping at open houses for three years. It’s been one of my favorite activities! I love meeting prospective students, sharing the great experiences I’ve had, and showing them (YOU!) all the opportunities they (YOU!) can have.
At our event on Saturday, we got to show off our freshly renovated Rotwitt Theater, which looks amazing. I’m jealous that next year’s class, and all those who come after, will get to enjoy it for four full years. But someone once told me that each graduating class should feel like they are missing out on something when they leave. Rosemont has definitely inspired that feeling in me over the past year.
Recently, my favorite part of giving tours has been pointing out all of the new additions and renovations to campus: the honors house, the turf and softball fields, the cafeteria and café, the student activities center, now the theater, and soon Mayfield Hall. Showing off our school has brought me much joy and excitement for Rosemont’s future.
At the open house, I also had the fortune to speak with some prospective English and Communication majors. I love talking about our dual-degree programs and now, our new double master’s program (publishing and creative writing). I met some students interested in internships, too. It was really exciting.
Even though I’m sad to graduate in May, just as I was sad to work my last open house, being a Student Ambassador has been an indescribable experience.
My internship this semester is in Campus
Ministry…creating a book for Rosemont!
Yes, I said a book!
It’s a joint venture with Cassie, a fellow dual-degree English and Publishing student. We researched and conducted interviews last semester, and now, we are on to the compiling and writing stage. Then, we will be doing editing and layout in late March and April.
I like to say it’s an orientation-style book for Rosemont. It will contain some background on Cornelia Connelly and her educational philosophy; take a look at Rosemont over the years; and end with what’s going on at Rosemont now and for the future.
It’s a great way to show how many exciting changes have occurred here as well as to remind people of the college’s roots, which are still important today.
I’m really excited about this project because I love Rosemont! It’s been interesting reading the historical stuff, but my favorite part has been interviewing staff and faculty who’ve been at Rosemont for awhile. They’ve undoubtedly seen much of the college’s recent history, and I loved hearing their stories.
And this internship is the perfect opportunity to put my English and Publishing skills into action. I came to Rosemont for the dual-degree program, and I’ve learned so much about both literature and publishing. But I’ve been itching to DO something. So this project is perfect.
How many people get to build a book from the bottom up while still in college? Essentially, we are doing all of the steps—researching, writing, editing (and then probably rewriting, haha), designing— that are typically done by a number of people across all parts of the publishing industry. Internships are important for just that reason. You get to experience something that could be your career a few years later!
Watch out—Cassie and I are interviewing some students, too, and you may be one of them!