Ambassadors

Admission Ambassadors are volunteer student leaders dedicated to helping prospective students learn what it’s like to be a student at Oglethorpe.

When you come for a campus visit, an ambassador will be your tour guide. They also share their experiences on panels at admission events, host students visiting overnight, and can answer any questions future Petrels have about life on campus. Meet our ambassadors below and learn how they’ve made the most of their time at Oglethorpe!

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Psychology with a minor in Spanish

Campus involvement: Oglethorpe Jewish Club

How have faculty supported you?: “During registration, my professor told me about an opening in a class that they wanted me to consider taking. I felt like he knew me well and cared enough to go out of his way to help me succeed.”

Tips for prospective students: “Try to imagine yourself walking as if you were a current student! Imagine rainy days and late nights. Our campus may be your future home!”

Favorite Atlanta activity: “Going to the Slutty Vegan! It’s delicious vegan junk food.”

Hometown: Marietta, GA

Major: Communication Studies with a Spanish Minor

Campus Involvement: The Stormy Petrel Newspaper, (H)OLA Latinx Association, the Social Democrats

How have faculty supported you?: “Dr.Shrikhande is one of my favorite professors and has helped me when I had trouble understanding certain topics and has given me advice on internships, helping me decide what was the right opportunity. With her help, I was able to land the position!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “What sold me was the small campus. What people say is true – you learn to speak up in small classrooms. The academic environment has pushed me to voice my opinion and share my experiences.”

Hometown: Summerville, SC

Major: Psychology

Campus involvement: Chi Omega Sorority

Favorite tradition: “QuadFest! There is amazing food, and everyone comes to spend quality time and have loads of fun together.”

Favorite class: Descriptive Astronomy with Dr. Meier – “It wasn’t like anything I’ve ever taken before! Dr. Meier made a complicated class super fun and easy to understand!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose Oglethorpe because of how diverse it is! You can be yourself and fit in perfectly! The small classes make your experience more personal. Also, have you seen how stunning campus is?!”

Hometown: Mt. Washington, MD

Major: Psychology with a minor in Business

Campus involvement: Women’s Golf, Black and Gold, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Development Office Student Worker

Volunteer experience: “I volunteer at the First Tee of Greater Atlanta helping mentor younger kids through golf!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “The second I stepped on campus I immediately fell in love with the school. The architecture and traditions ignited my interest, but what sealed the deal was being able to take my major classes starting my freshman year, and the flexibility to create my own major.”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Kharynton Beggs

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Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Business and French with a minor in International Business

Campus involvement: Resident Assistant, Black Student Caucus, A_Lab Student Assistant, LEAD Campus Ministry, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Favorite off-campus location: “Midtown – I love going to Piedmont Park and riding scooters to Ponce City Market and the Krog Street Tunnel.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “What solidified my decision was the diversity and study abroad opportunities that many other schools did not offer.”

Campus visit tip: “Don’t let the small size overwhelm you; there is plenty to do here!”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Justin Bennett

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Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major: Sociology with minors in Non-Profit Management & Art History

Campus involvement: Orientation Leader, Founder of Oglethorpe Fashion Club

Favorite Class: Gender and Society with Dr. Pham – “Sociology, in general, has helped me better understand the world and this class helped me further explore my identity and power.

Why Oglethorpe?: “I loved the small school in a big city atmosphere! It allows for diversity and close connections with staff. I instantly felt surrounded by people that cared.”

Favorite tradition: Orientation Day of Service

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Jordyn Billings

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Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil

Major: Biopsychology on a Pre-Med track

Campus involvement: SGA, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity

Favorite spot on campus: Hearst Hall – “It is a wonderful place to study and is a beautiful setting that makes me feel like I truly study in a castle.”

How has Oglethorpe supported you?: “My wonderful Compass advisor who helped me register for classes and stay on track during my freshman year. He provided emotional support and knowledge that helped me balance my Pre-Med classes and my major.”

Campus visit tip: “Remember your ambassadors are students just like you, so you can count on them to be honest.”

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Human Resource Management with minors in Spanish and German

Campus involvement: Peer Academic Leader, Resident Assistant, Black Student Caucus

Favorite Oglethorpe memory: “Finals week, because people are all around studying and enjoying the fun stress-free activities. EggzAM is definitely the best because our professors cook for us in the middle of the night.”

How has Oglethorpe supported you?: “The A_LAB is the hub for opportunities and the staff there have helped connect me to people who helped push me forward in my academic and professional career both here at Oglethorpe and in Atlanta as a whole.”

Hometown: Augusta, GA

Major: Economics with a minor in Politics

Campus involvement: Economics Club, Black and Gold Club, OU Panhellenic Council

Favorite class: Public Choice with Dr. Copeland – “It helped me see how relevant economics is, especially in politics.”

How have faculty supported you?: “I have received countless opportunities due to the support of faculty and staff, specifically, my Compass advisor, Dr.Sharfman. He helped me so much my first year.”

Favorite off-campus location: “Village Coffee House in Little Five Points! It’s so eclectic and great coffee!”

Meet Your OU Admission Ambassadors – Ashley Dodson

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Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Major: Politics with a Communication Studies minor

Campus involvement: Black Student Caucus, volunteering with Blessing in a Backpack and Feed the Streets Foundation

Favorite class: African American Politics with Dr.King-Momon – “She is an excellent professor and we discussed many important Supreme Court cases that impacted me.”

How has Oglethorpe supported you?: “The A_LAB has helped me a lot in my time here. It’s great to have someone help me edit my papers and fine-tuning my resume.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose to transfer to Oglethorpe because I loved the campus and the small class sizes. The location of campus is great!”

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Major: Biology with a minor in Economics

Campus involvement: Men’s Tennis, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Resident Assistant, Black Student Caucus, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Favorite spot on campus: “The Cousins Center because it’s so nice and full of state of the art equipment and study spaces.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I loved the small community and the opportunity to play collegiate tennis.”

Favorite Oglethorpe experience: “Being a part of Phi Delta Epsilon has opened so many doors for me and has opened opportunities that I’ll forever be grateful for.”

Hometown: Powder Springs, GA

Major: Communication Studies with a Film & Media StudiesMinor

Campus involvement: Black Student Caucus, Public Relations Student Society of America, Fashion Club

Favorite class: Art and Culture with Dr.Collins – “Dr.Collinswas super passionate about the content of the course. It made learning even more fun!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “The small class sizes! I wanted to be known in my courses by my professor, compared to larger institutions where I would be just another number.”

Tip for prospective students: “Listen carefully during the A_LAB section of the tour! There’s a lot of helpful information.”

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Major: Communication Studies-Media Studies Track with a minor in French

Campus involvement: Student Government Association (SGA), Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Fashion Club, Orientation Leader, Black & Gold Club

Favorite class: Intercultural Communications with Dr.Shrikhande – “Sociology, in general, has helped me better understand the world and this class helped me further explore my identity and power.”

Favorite tradition: “Stomp the Lawn! It’s a perfect wayto unwind with friends while enjoying some fun activities and livemusic.”

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN

Major: Communication Studies with a minor in Creative Writing

Campus involvement: Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Favorite class: Music & Culture with Professor McGowan – “Professor McGowan truly made me excited about my education here at OU due to his positive and exciting teaching style and hispassion for music.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “What is not to love? The students and staff are kind and unique, the education is exciting and engaging, and the campus is beautiful. What more could you ask from a college?”

Hometown: Oak Ridge, TN

Major: Politics (pre-law) with a minor in English

Campus involvement: SGA, Chi Omega Fraternity, Orientation Leader, Student Conduct Board, Core Committee

Internship experience: Senator Johnny Isakson’s District Office

Tip for prospective students?: “Imagine yourself on campus; is this somewhere where your dreams and goals can be met? Will you be happy here?”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose Oglethorpe because I wanted to be in an environment that accepted and fostered academic and social progress. I believe that Oglethorpe’s campus is the best place for learning of all types in a setting that is welcoming and fueled by the intellect of outstanding faculty members.”

Hometown: Powder Springs, GA

Major: Psychology with a minor in Music

Campus involvement: Women’s Lacrosse Team, Black & Gold Club, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), Women in Science Empowerment (WISE), Symphonic Orchestra

Tips for visiting students: “Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Picking a college is an important decision, so if you’re wondering about anything, we’re here to help!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I loved the setting of a small school in a big city. I knew I would be able to get the attention I needed from professors and advisors while also being in a location that gives you the opportunity for countless experiences.”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Rachel Lester

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Hometown: Chamblee, GA

Major: Business Administration

Campus involvement: Students Today Alumni Tomorrow (STAT), Programing Board, Entrepreneurs Club

How has Oglethorpe supported you?: “The Academic Success Center (ASC) and Rene Alvarez have been so helpful with my accommodations and making sure I have all the resources I need.”

Favorite Atlanta activity: “The Battery is awesome! It is where the Braves play and there are a ton of great restaurants.”

Why Oglethorpe? “Everyone is so authentic and nice!”

Campus visit tip: “Bring comfortable walking shoes!”

Hometown: Loganville, GA

Major: Dual Degree Engineering with a minor in Mathematics

Campus involvement: Black Student Caucus, Smash Club, Korean Culture Club, Bethel Campus Fellowship

Favorite tradition: “Stop the Lawn! It’s in the spring, sothe weather is perfect. I also enjoy seeing the live bands, enjoying the carnival food, and seeing the Greek organizations stroll.”

Favorite Atlanta activity: “Biking or walking on the Beltline. There are always events going on and a plethora of food options. My favorite is the Lantern Parade!”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Taj Lowe

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Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Major: Sociology with a minor in Theatre

Campus involvement: Resident Assistant, OUTlet, Mouthing Off (OU Improv Troupe)

Favorite off-campus location: Town Brookhaven – “It’s so close and walking there makes Oglethorpe feel like its own little hideaway.”

How have faculty supported you?: “Professor Handler pushed me to do an Honors Designation during my freshman Core class and present that paper at the Liberal Arts and Sciences Symposium (LASS) which is something I would have never been able to do on my own.”

Campus visit tip: “Ask all your burning questions!”

Meet your OU Admission Ambassadors – Gray Massina

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Hometown: Old Bridge, NJ

Major: International Studies

Campus involvement: Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Tri-Sigma Sorority

Favorite class: War with Dr. Orme – “This class showed me the caliber expected of students here and challenged me to work hard.”

Tips for prospective students: “Stop by the Campus Storeand check out the Ogle swag.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose Oglethorpe because of its vibrant campus life. There’s always something going on!”

Hometown: Birmingham, AL

Major: Politics with a minor in Spanish

Campus involvement: Black Student Caucus, SGA, African Student Association, Film Club

Favorite class: Spanish Culture & Cuisine with Dr. Chandler – “It was a very interactive class. We learned about lots of countries that are often overlooked and got to eat food from each one!”

Favorite Oglethorpe experience: Oglethorpe Day 2019 whenAnthony Ray Hinton spoke – “His story shows the problems within the criminal justice system and stories like his are often not told. Oglethorpe gives these stories and speakers a platform they might not have otherwise.”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Kiana Perkins

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Hometown: Flowery Branch, GA

Major: Politics with a minor in Theatre

Campus involvement: Fashion Club, Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity

Off-campus activities: “I work in the children’s ministry at my church and have done some movie acting.”

Favorite class: Constitutional Controversies with Dr.Knippenberg- “I loved getting to dive into Supreme Court cases and their thinking, seeing the whole class go in with one opinion and come out seeing things differently.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I love the location and the architecture, as well as the real connection I can have with my professors.”

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Major: Politics with a minor in Philosophy

Campus involvement: Women’s Lacrosse Team, Tri Sigma Sorority, OU Programming Board, University Singers, Symphonic Ensemble, and Gospel Choir

Favorite tradition?: “Boar’s Head is my favorite because I love getting to play, sing, and perform for my peers and alumni!”

Tips for prospective students: “Ask about our clubs and programs because there’s a place here for everyone.”

Favorite Atlanta activity: “Visiting the shops at Ponce City Market, Little Five Points, or anything on Buford Highway!”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Jen Ramirez Soto

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Hometown: Conyers, GA

Major: Dual Degree Engineering

Campus involvement: Chi Phi Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Jazz Band, Resident Assistant

Favorite tradition: The Ringing of the Carillon Bells – “I think it is a beautiful symbol for the graduating seniors to welcome them into the real world. I cannot wait until it is my time to ring those bells!”

Favorite spot on campus: The Game Room in the Turner Lynch Campus Center (TLCC) – “I enjoy playing pool, foosball and other games while sipping on some Starbucks.”

Meet Your Admission Ambassadors – Tyrell Snagg

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Hometown: Lilburn, GA

Major: Business Administration with a minor in Psychology

Campus involvement: Chi Omega Sorority, The Stormy Petrel Newspaper, Outdoors Club, Black and Gold Club

Favorite Atlanta activity: “Riding scooters down the Beltline and exploring Ponce City Market. My friends and I love taking MARTA downtown on the weekend since it is so close!”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose Oglethorpe because I could tell they genuinely cared about me – not just as a number, but as an individual. All the staff, ambassadors, and students have been helpful and kind since my first visit to campus. I know my future is in good hands.”

Hometown: Norcross, GA

Major: Communication Studies – Media Studies Track with a minor in Theatre

Campus involvement: Black Student Caucus, OU Singers, Khayos Dance Team

Favorite tradition: “My favorite Oglethorpe tradition is Boar’s Head. I’m in Singers, so we always put on a concert during Boar’s Head and then we get to go to a big party for the entire campus.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I chose Oglethorpe because of its size. My high school was pretty big, so I like the fact that the classes here are small. It gives me the opportunity to get more involved around campus and have a closer relationship with my professors.”

Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA

Major: Biology on a Pre-Med Track

Campus involvement: (H)OLA: Oglethorpe Latinx Organization, Black and Gold Club, Women’s Lacrosse Team Manager

Why Oglethorpe?: “As a transfer student, I already had an idea of what a college experience would be, but I wanted more. Oglethorpe has offered me an all-around college experience and a great education all in one.”

Tip for prospective students: “Always remember that even though the campus is small, there will be countless opportunities available to you here.”

Hometown: St. Petersburg, FL

Major: Communication Studies with a minor in English

Campus involvement: Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Favorite Atlanta activity: “Being from Florida, I love getting to know Atlanta through its cuisine. Whether it be places in Midtown or on Buford Highway, it’s great to get to Atlanta’s people and places through food.”

Why Oglethorpe?: “I love Oglethorpe because of the community! I find myself meeting new people every week and they always make me feel welcome. I am comforted knowing that I belong at Oglethorpe and there’s a place for me here, always.”