Saying Goodbye to our Graduating Ambassadors

It is the nature of our business that every semester ends with some of our favorite students embarking on new challenges.   This semester we say goodbye to five of our Ambassadors, students who have worked hard to help shape the culture of the college and make it a better place for students, faculty and staff.   Each of our graduating Ambassadors has “walked the talk” by developing the mindsets and engaging in the actions we expect from all of our students:

Illian Hernandez  was our biggest risk taker this semester because she got out of her comfort zone and presented her student experience story  in front of some of our most important donors.   She served on the A team while she was here and did an internships for a year with the Golf Channel.  She is interviewing at a marketing agency in Atlanta today.  Go get em, Illian.

Joshua Easdon is the most ardent advocate for out Integrated Business program.  He attended every  Street Smarts II session this semester to talk about the benefits of being in IB.  Joshua got a job as an event manager at Amp Exposure and has already started working  Wear purple Joshua (the official color of the IB program). It looks good on you.

Jeremy Moss  was our most persistent ambassadors.  He wanted a job in commercial real estate and he asked Jennifer to introduce him to 5 companies.  He ended up landing a job at Marcus & Millichap.  Jeremy was laser focused on what he wanted and did not quit until he got it.

Vanessa Gomez has come a long way through the program from being shy, quiet and not wanting to be in the spotlight to presenting street smarts and being my “go to” ambassadors for promoting initiatives and programs.    She  has learned to get out of her comfort zone, studied abroad in China for two semesters and taught English.  She has been accepted into the peace corp and will be returning to China to continue teaching

Kevin Ortiz is our game changer.  He helped take the ambassador program to a whole new level, by thinking differently and collaborating with faculty and students to create Street Smarts.   He did an internship with Boeing in Seattle, founded the Latino Leadership Council at UCF, was a  member and advocate for Dreamers at UCF.  He also helped organize Hispanic Heritage Month.  Kevin has created a legacy here at UCF.

Risk -takers, advocates, collaborators, young professionals who are willing to get out of their comfort zones, persistent in achieving their goals, and create legacy.  Not bad Ambassadors.  Now take these same qualities and use them to succeed in your careers and life.  Remember, you are and forever will be UCF Knights.  Your success is our success.  Here’s to seeing you tell your stories in the Exchange in a few years….. Charge On!


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