Meaningful Leadership

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College Counseling Ambassadors

Our College Counseling Ambassador program gives juniors and seniors an opportunity to engage in a meaningful leadership position that will jumpstart their engagement with the college process, hone their communication and organizational skills, and provide opportunities to develop relationships with their college counselors, admissions representatives, and peers.

Their responsibilities include:

  • serving as representatives of Rowland Hall to visiting college admissions representatives;
  • moderating virtual college visits for admissions representatives and peers; and
  • conducting primary-source research on colleges and universities with representatives visiting Rowland Hall.

Students selected to serve for a second year as Lead Ambassadors are responsible for both training new ambassadors and coordinating the logistics for representative visits. Lead ambassadors also contribute to the visual representation and communication pieces of the process, which include contacting other ambassadors, college representatives, and fellow seniors.

Ambassador Biographies

Sophie Dau

Lead Ambassador

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The access to teachers. It's easy—and encouraged—to reach out to them for help or additional information. We build great relationships with our teachers that make classes more engaging.
What I love about living in Utah: Access to both the outdoors and the city. It's really the best of both worlds!
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: How important structure is for me. I had to make an effort to know what I needed to do each day in order to stay on task.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I love Rowland Hall, so I wanted to be able to share with colleges how amazing it is. I also wanted to learn about colleges I might not have heard about otherwise!

Ashlee Jackson

Lead Ambassador

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: Our arts program has always been a fundamental part of my education. I love how the faculty refuses to shy away from difficult topics and encourages us as both students and artists to explore new ways to create. Additionally, as a dancer, I appreciate how each year we make at least one show that intertwines the dance program with either the orchestra, theatre, or our band.
What I love about living in Utah: Like most people in Utah, I appreciate that we have distinct seasons, so we can enjoy winter, summer, spring, and fall. The quick accessibility to our mountains here also makes Utah a beautiful place to live.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I learned how much I appreciate some alone time. Of course, there’s a limit, but I enjoyed the challenging process of discovering new ways to keep myself entertained and busy while stuck at home.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: This is my second year as an ambassador. What initially drew me to it my junior year was the opportunity to speak with reps personally and learn more about their schools. After doing it for a year, that attraction remains, but I also discovered that I love learning how to research colleges and their programs. Additionally, I’m excited to help my peers find their right-fit colleges, especially considering our unprecedented circumstances.

Lily Scaife

Lead Ambassador

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: I love that the faculty are so approachable and willing to help students. I also appreciate the small classes that create room for discussion and allow every student to have a role in the classroom.
What I love about living in Utah: I love that Utah offers numerous outdoor activities, and that Salt Lake City has great restaurants and cultural events. No matter the season, you can find something to do outside, whether it’s skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or camping in southern Utah. You can also enjoy the Sundance Film Festival, outdoor concerts, and productions at the Eccles Theater.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I benefit from the positive behaviors of those that surround me and am more productive when I have activities to fill my time.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I’d hoped to learn more about different higher-learning institutions, figure out what I was looking for in a college, gain experience working with a team, and practice interacting with professionals.

Emery Bahna

Emery Bahna

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The debate program. After transferring to Rowland Hall, the debate community made me feel the most welcome. The activity has also helped me find my voice and become more confident in my ability to think critically.     
What I love about living in Utah: I love the opportunities for outdoor recreation. I spend a lot of time hiking and skiing with my family.    
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: Before the pandemic, I was overwhelmed by my academic and athletic schedules. The quarantine gave me the chance to self-reflect and discover what my true passions are.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: To build meaningful relationships with my college counselors and connect with new members of the community. Additionally, it's the perfect way to gather information about prospective colleges and become a positive leader at the school.

Kaitlyn Bates

Kaitlyn Bates

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The variety of activities that students are encouraged to participate in. From clubs, to sports teams, to music groups, and everything in between, each student has something important to them that they can look forward to on a daily basis. This, combined with incredible teachers, makes going to school something I can really look forward to doing.
What I love about living in Utah: We really do experience all four seasons here and can enjoy all of the fun activities that come with each season. In Utah, you’re able to ski, swim, hike, bike, etc., at different points of the year, which makes living here all the more exciting.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: Having a schedule is something I greatly rely on. While I’m generally a very motivated person, having more free time made me realize how important it is to schedule and stay organized. I also found that was a nice way to make things feel more "normal" during these times. 
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I saw it as a great opportunity to gain insight on different colleges that I haven’t heard about before. As the oldest child, I’m the first to go through the college application process and I think this will help me look at places that I never would’ve thought could be a great fit for me. I also really like meeting new people and hearing about their lives and what they do, so I feel like this is a great opportunity to develop some important social skills with adults.

Lizzie Carlin

Lizzie Carlin

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The culture that it inspires in all of the students. The willingness of the teachers to help at any time and the students' drive to excel make for a great community. The students push each other to work hard, be accepting, and be curious about their learning, and I think those characteristics make Rowland Hall a fun place to learn.
What I love about living in Utah: The outdoors. I love to hike, go to the lake, ski, and every other outdoor activity you can think of!    
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I love to read. With all my alone time, I read so many great books and rediscovered my love for reading.    
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: Because the college process is very interesting to me. I love learning about the different traditions, offerings, and unique aspects of each college, so I wanted to explore more. I believe that talking with the college reps will give me great insights that I can share with others and use to help guide my decisions when it’s my time to apply.

Maddie Frech

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: I absolutely love everything about Rowland Hall. From the amazing teachers and faculty to the plethora of opportunities and experiences, our school really has a unique and special community and culture.     
What I love about living in Utah: I love the abundance of activities Utah has to offer, especially those that are outdoors. I particularly enjoy Utah’s beautiful hikes, whether they’re on the green mountainside or on the red rock in the desert.    
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: How much I enjoy the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and gardening are some of the activities that I’ve come to appreciate.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I’m on a multitude of student-leadership teams, and serving as an ambassador seemed to be another perfect opportunity to help my peers.

Ella Houden

Ella Houden

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: We get to form close bonds to our teachers, and they’re super approachable if we have any questions or need help, whether it pertains to school or other dilemmas. We also get close to everyone in our grade and school because it’s such a small, kind, and accepting community.
What I love about living in Utah: The mountains! In the winter they’re covered in snow, and in the summer they’re covered in beautiful plant life.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I love being outside for online classes.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I wanted to be able to meet college reps to not only improve my understanding of the spectrum of schools I could go to, but to help my friends and classmates understand that the colleges we see in movies or books are not necessarily the best colleges for us. I would love to figure out which colleges fit with my aspirations, and to lend a hand to others who haven't seen a diversity of colleges portrayed.

Ellie Hyde

Ellie Hyde

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The close relationships I have with my teachers.     
What I love about living in Utah: The easy access to outdoor activities.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I enjoy running before school in the mornings.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I enjoy learning new things about specific colleges and the overall college process.

Anna Jiricko

Anna Jiricko

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The small class sizes that allow me to have a more personal connection with the teachers and a more one-on-one learning experience.
What I love about living in Utah: Access to beautiful wilderness areas, and abundant outdoor recreational activities to enjoy with my friends and family.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I can be more independent than I thought—not only with school, but also with sports. I’ve been able to motivate myself to continue working hard in both fields.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: It provides a good leadership opportunity for students. It allows me to connect with college reps from around the country and not only hear their story, but also share mine.

Katie Kern

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The teachers care so much about their students and put so much work into making each class special. Also, the community is so amazing and everyone at the school is welcoming and kind.
What I love about living in Utah: It is so beautiful. There are always things that you can do outside.
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I love being around people. I didn't understand how much of a people-person I am until the pandemic. I missed everyone!
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: To learn more about the college process and how to conduct myself in a more professional setting. I learned a lot about how to be professional when meeting the college reps.

Chiara Kim

Chiara Kim

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: Our caring community, from our amazing and dedicated teachers and administration to the intelligent and kind students.
What I love about living in Utah: Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and overall making the most of all of the different aspects of nature in Utah!
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: I love watching old movies with my family and going outside with my dog.
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I want to grow as a leader and connect with more people within and beyond the school community. I love Rowland Hall, and this program provides me with an opportunity to share what I love about it while learning more about various colleges.

Jacqueline Park

Favorite thing about Rowland Hall: The tight-knit community and small classes allow us to build close relationships with not only our peers, but our teachers as well.
What I love about living in Utah: The close proximity to the mountains. No matter what the weather is, there's always something to do outdoors (hiking, swimming, skiing, etc.).    
One thing I’ve learned about myself during the pandemic: How to be more compassionate as this virus impacts everyone differently.    
Why I applied to be a College Counseling Ambassador: I wanted to better understand the college admissions process as well as learn about different colleges I might not have heard about before.

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