Emily Waggoner

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Name: Emily Waggoner

Major: Early Childhood and Special Education, urban track

Minor: Educational Psychology

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Don’t check out. There will times in your next few years at school that are overwhelming. Classes will ask a lot of you, professors will not be nearly as helpful as you want, clubs are going to take up all of your free time that you should be doing homework and really all you want to be is sitting at home binge watching episodes of Shameless. It’s all going to hit you and you’ll feel like you’re drowning for a minute (or a month). But my advice is don’t check out. Stay active within Ambass, and stay engaged in your classes. Put the extra effort in to make sure you have protein in your diet so you’re not falling asleep. And those times when you are about to fall off the edge, grab a friend, facetime a friend, call your mom, and go for a walk. Get outside even if it’s by yourself and remind you that there is a whole world you want to be a part of and that’s why you’re doing this whole college thing in the first place. Take it from me, it’s so much easier to push through when you’re surrounded by people who motivate and push you and when you take a second to remind you why you’re pushing yourself. Just don’t check out. Don’t let opportunities pass you by or give up because it’s hard. Don’t lose touch with the friends who could potentially carry and drag you through these times. It’s hard enough already, don’t do it alone.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Naeyc, CEC, Kappa Delta Pi, IUP Student Cooperative Association Exec. Board, Best Buddies, Student-PSEA

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I like to move it. Because essentially I would get a kazoo solo and I don’t think I’ve ever wanted something off my bucket list more.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My very first spring retreat, we were at an outdoor camp during team building activities. One of the activities was trying to get through a (fictitious) mine field with the help of our team members, who couldn’t actually talk or help you. I wasn’t last to go or anything, but I vaguely remember there being pressure if I stepped on a mine. When I did (because of course I did), I remember a fellow ambassador (name being removed for face-saving reasons) squealed like a stepped-on pig at a decibel that I’m not sure my brain processed fully. It was the first time I really laughed with fellow ambassadors, and was ultimately the feeling I have maintained and tried to grow with ambassadors ever since.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Crunch Berries!

What are your plans after graduation?

To pursue a career in urban school districts as an upper elementary school teacher with the intent on going back to school to earn my master’s in school psychology.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

As corny as it sounds, I’ll take away the friendships I made here. The relationships with all of these crazy passionate people who have changed me for the better. Without Ambass, I don’t think I would have been as proud of myself and my collegiate accomplishments as I am, nor do I think I would be so ready to tackle the chaos that is impending graduation.

Maddie Trego Senior Interview

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Name: Maddie Trego

Major: Clinical Laboratory Science with a double Minor in Biology and Chemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): current member

Joined Ambassadors: I joined Ambassadors in the Spring of 2015, my freshman year spring semester.

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

The advice I would give to fellow Ambassadors would be to put all your effort into this organization. The more that you put into it, the more you are going to get out of it and make an effort to be connected with all your fellow ambass members.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

I am involved in Phi Eta Sigma as well as a member of the Health and Human Services Student Advisory Board, and a campus tour guide.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why? 

If I were on American Idol the song I would choose to sing would be Forever Country. I would sing this because my life is going to be filled with many journeys through these next two years and this song helps me remember where my support comes from through those times.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

My favorite Ambassador memory was Spring retreat my first year that I was in Ambassadors. I loved how everyone connected as a family and spent the day having fun together while working on leadership skills.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

The cereal that best describes me as a person I feel would be Honey Nut Cheerios.

What are your plans after graduation?

After leaving IUP, I plan to complete my internship year at St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and then finding a job in the Philadelphia Area as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist.

What will you take away from Ambassadors? 

Ambassadors has given me so much in the three years that I have been involved with it that it is hard to put into words. Not only did it help me branch out and become a better leader and student, but I have made some of the best friends that have turned into family that I will have for the rest of my life. Ambassadors has given me so much more than I could have imagined.

Elizabeth Stackhouse Senior Interview

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Name: Liz Stackhouse

Major: Biochemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Take advantage of networking opportunities! You never know when those will help.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Professional Chemistry Fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Ed Sheeran’s I See Fire, Because it is fun to sing and also because it is about a dragon…

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

Brennan coming late to the “What’s in your pocket” ice breaker and then sending sparks across the room because he had a fire starter in his pocket.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Count Chocula

What are your plans after graduation?

I’m heading to medical school in the fall. Probably will be attending Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

A lovely medley of professional development and some life-long friends.

Stephanie Sorage Senior Interview

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Name: Stephanie Sorage

Major: Psychology (Minor – Statistics)

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Member (Finance, Student Engagement)

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Enjoy your time here, it’ll end more quickly than you think.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Tabletop Gaming Club

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Probably “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana, because I am mildly obsessed with Moana.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

The Hogwarts-themed Spring Retreat where I had to act as another ambassador who I didn’t know. Good times.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Bunches of Oats because I love honey a lot.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan on going to grad school for forensic psychology. I’ll have to get my doctorate, and after that I hope to become a professor to do research and teach.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Volunteering and doing service projects can be really fun, and I find them very fulfilling.

Julia Snickles Senior Interview

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Name: Julia Snickles

Major: Nursing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Current General Board member, Former Vice President of Administration, Former Alumni Engagement Chair

Joined Ambassadors: April 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get involved! You get out of Ambassadors what you put into Ambassadors. The more you get involved, the more you’ll enjoy this organization and all it has to offer!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in? None

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

I would sing pretty much any song from Les Miserables because they all have such a strong sense of hope and strength to them which is important to keep in mind when things get stressful or tough.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory? 

There are so many!! But my favorite would probably be CASE ASAP 2014 in St. Louis. Besides getting to present at the conference as a brand new member, it was fun getting to know all of the older members. We went to an interactive museum and went down a slide that went through multiple floors of a building.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Fruit Loops because I can be a bit loopy?

What are your plans after graduation?

Pass my nursing boards and get a job as an RN so I can help save lives!

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

The sense of family and community! Ambassadors really is a family away from home and I love knowing that I can reach out to anyone at any time. I hope to help foster this feeling in the future at places at work, volunteer, etc.

Alyssa Schaard Senior Interview

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Name: Alyssa Schaard

Major: Accounting/ Pre-Law Interdisciplinary minor

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Student Engagement Committee/ Development Committee

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

My advice to fellow Ambassadors is to get involved as much as you can at IUP and take advantage of every opportunity that you get. You never know where one networking event or luncheon will lead you to! My 4 years at IUP has flown by and it will for you too, so make the most of your time here. The more you put yourself out there, the more friends and memories you will make along the way!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

College of Business Student Advisory Council (COBSAC), Student Accounting Association (SAA)

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

It’s My Life by Bon Jovi because I can really relate to the lyrics. The message in the song is what I try to live by. I try to make the most of every day and do things that will make me happy. Life is too short to worry about the opinions of others. I would also pick it because the song is very catchy and I love Bon Jovi!

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?

My favorite memory from Ambassadors was my first spring retreat. I got to know all the ambassador members and made a lot great friendships.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Lucky Charms

What are your plans after graduation?

This summer I will be interning in the Tax department at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). Starting in August, I will be attending Temple’s Master of Accountancy program for one year and taking the CPA exam.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I have learned a lot through my time in Ambassadors. I learned the importance of networking and getting involved in different events held on campus. I made so many great friendships with people I would not have normally met, since I am normally just in the business college. Everyone had something unique to bring to the organization and that is what makes Ambassadors so great. I am so happy I joined Ambassadors and met such amazing people!

Amanda Rice Senior Interview

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Name: Amanda Rice

Major: Marketing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): Special Events Committee, Historian, Student Engagement Committee

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Get involved!

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Her Campus Media intern

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Something Disney of course, probably “Under the Sea” from the little mermaid

What is your favorite Ambassador memory? 

Everything about CASE-ASAP in DC and Atlanta, and doing the Escape Room with the rest of the E-board!

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Nut Cheerios

What are your plans after graduation?

Interning with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts for a few months, then going to Grad School for my MBA

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

The best friends of my college career and a home away from home. I literally can’t imagine what my college experience would have been without these people.

Caitlin Paterson Senior Interview

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Name: Caitlin Paterson

Major: International Business & Marketing

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Member, Alumni Engagement Committee

Joined Ambassadors: 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

This experience is what you make of it.  Don’t be just another body in the organization, be an active member.  This organization wouldn’t be what it is without the people involved in it.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in? N/A

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

“When Will My Life Begin” from the movie Tangled because I love Rapunzel more than life itself.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

CASE ASAPs in D.C. & Hotlanta

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Nut Cheerios

What are your plans after graduation?

Attend the University of Worcester for an MSc in International Management.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

Lifelong friendships, some of the best memories of my college career, and the confidence to become a leader no matter what situation I walk into.

Madison Ophaug Senior Interview

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Name: Madison Ophaug

Major: Natural Science, Pre-Dentistry

Minor: Chemistry

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board member

Joined Ambassadors: Spring 2015

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors?

Be open to new experiences, take on responsibilities, attend as many events as possible and get to know your fellow Ambassadors.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

I’m also an IUP Crimson Tour Guide and an Indiana County Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Volunteer.

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

“I Love Rock ‘n Roll” – the Joan Jett version.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory?  

Attending CASE ASAP in Washington, D.C. in the summer after I joined Ambassadors. I learned a lot about the organization and made many lasting friendships.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Honey Bunches of Oats.

What are your plans after graduation?

I am currently planning on attending either a science-related Post Baccalaureate Program or a Biomedical Science Master’s program next year.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

In addition to the connections and friendships I have made through Ambassadors, I have also grown both personally and professionally because of this organization.

 

Matthew O’Hara Senior Interview

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Name: Matthew O’Hara

Major: Human Resource Management

Ambassador Role (Current/Past): General Board Member (2014, 2017), Executive Vice President (2015), President (2016)

Joined Ambassadors: 2014

What advice would you give to fellow Ambassadors

I said this all the time as president, but be as involved as possible. Ambassadors has a lot to offer if you’re willing to take the initiative. When I first joined, I was astounded by how involved every member was. They weren’t forced to be; they chose to. Their constant involvement and togetherness created this big family environment where everyone knew each other personally and loved being together. It was incredible how much they were able to accomplish because of their cohesiveness and involvement.

Besides Ambassadors, what organizations are you involved in?

Society for Human Resource Management, Beta Gamma Sigma

If you were on American Idol, what song would you sing and why?

Single Ladies because I don’t have the time or the energy to be in a relationship.

What is your favorite Ambassador memory? 

One of my favorite memories was when I hosted Cliff Watson for Distinguished Alumni Awards. Cliff is a retired Systems Safety Engineer for NASA. He shared some of the most interesting and entertaining stories with me that weekend. He also shared some powerful career and life advice. I won’t forget how incredibly humble and kind he is. When we first met, and finished introducing ourselves, he said “One moment, I brought a gift for you!” He returned from his car and handed me a pen made of wood, which he had handcrafted. Later that weekend, he let me hold his Silver Snoopy Award, a literal silver Snoopy pin that’s award to less than 1% of NASA employees. Silver Snoopys go on one mission to space, pinned to the chest of an astronaut, before they’re awarded. That weekend with Cliff and his wife was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had with Ambassadors.

What cereal best describes you as a person?

Cap’n Crunch Berries

What are your plans after graduation?

I have no idea… I’ll go wherever life takes me.

What will you take away from Ambassadors?

I’ve learned and grown so much from being an Ambassador, but perhaps the most valued thing I’ll take away are the friendships I’ve built here. I’ve met some of the most incredible people, and found my best friends within this organization.