Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.
I am a student Ambassador for UEA! 😀
I was starting to lose hope and thought I’d failed the interview but it turns out my mobile was being stupid and didn’t receive the email. Anyway, when I finally saw it today during my seminar I wanted to shout “OH MY GOD” but managed to keep quiet and focus on surrealism in Ballard’s The Unlimited Dream Company.
If I remember correctly, I’d apply for that Student Ambassador Scheme or for a job as a French Ambassador back at the very beginning of first year but didn’t make it for obvious reasons. I must have missed the adverts for these roles last year but it’s fine, it’s never too late!
So I am very happy that I’ve been accepted on the Student Ambassador Scheme and I am excited to work for the university and represent it even more than I already do (through this blog and through my work as a Student Guide). The next step is training, which happens next week, and a DBS check. Once I’m fully trained, I’ll be able to work pretty much whenever I can or want and when there’s a role that interests me. Work can be very diverse and range from administrative tasks to working with children. The only thing they really ask for is that we work for a 24 hours total per year. I think I’ll love it and it’ll be a nice addition to my CV — which is starting to be very full!
As part of the application process, I first had to send a written application with answers to a few questions which were mostly about why we want to represent the university, etc. I got through this stage and was then invited for an interview for which I had to prepare a short presentation. We were asked to imagine we were giving it to a group of year 9 children, and that it could be about anything as long as it engages them. I talked about “the importance and benefits of learning languages” because it’s a topic that obviously means a lot to me and that I think is important to talk about since it promotes education, open-mindedness… After this presentation, I was asked a few questions and I’m so glad I made it! 🙂 Now all I need is a degree and an actual job for next year and things will be perfect (no pressure).
A guy I met recently (while working at an Open Day!) who’s already an Ambassador kinda coached me so I need to thank him! He kept saying I’d almost definitely get the job since I’m already a blogger and a guide so I felt super confident and I’m glad neither of us were wrong about it.
Below, I have included the presentation I prepared in bullet-point shape if you’re curious. It wasn’t a big deal, just a way for them to see how we spoke in front of an (imaginary) audience I guess, but I liked preparing it and thinking about this topic.
Part 1: Myth
Part 2: Why learn foreign language then?
“A different language is a different vision of life.” – Federico Fellini, Italian film director
Part 3: Benefits
Part 3: Fun/efficient ways to learn