Some of the best advocates for a school are the students who experience its effects on daily basis. The SMSA Student Ambassadors Program is designed to provide current SMSA juniors the opportunity to share their love for Catholic education with prospective parents and students, as well as lead the SMSA student body by their actions. Not only are student ambassadors fundamental in showcasing academic excellence, community involvement, and Catholic values in front of prospective families, but they are equally important in strengthening the bond with current families. Student Ambassadors will be trained to become eloquent and knowledgeable representatives of SMSA. This position should also be viewed as an opportunity for students to build important skills that could be transferred into a future position in a college admissions office, as well.
Student Ambassador Application Process
Step 1: Complete an application. Applications can be dropped off in the Admissions and Development Office at the high school campus.
Step 2: Wait to hear from the Office of Admission regarding your interview date, time, and location. In the meantime you should prepare your resume, cover letter, and letter of recommendation. In replace of your resume, you can also bring us a copy of your LinkedIn profile. Either your resume or your LinkedIn profile should contain information about your school involvement, honors or awards that you have received, work experience, and volunteer activities. Your letter of recommendation can be from a teacher, advisor, or coach within the SMSA system.
Step 3: Prepare a cover letter. Your “cover letter” for your resume should be in proper format and should address the following questions:
- Why did you choose to come to SMSA?
- What does being a leader mean to you?
- What do you believe SMSA’s best kept secret is?
- What are your future plans after SMSA?
- In one “tweet” (140 characters or less), tell us what kind of advice you would give entering students.
Step 4: Wait to hear from the Office of Admission for a decision. All applicants will receive notification in writing regarding the decision of the panel of judges.
Meetings & Communications
Student Ambassador meetings will be held once a month. Communications amongst Ambassadors and with the Director of Enrollment & Retention will be via school email. Should members of the SMSA staff or community see an opportunity at which they believe the presence of one or more student ambassadors might be beneficial, they can contact the Director of Enrollment and Retention.