- Mercedes Teuntor
Mercedes Teuntor, a 21-year-old dental assisting student, was just looking for a job when she talked with CSM's Student Employment Office last year. But what she found in her position as a student ambassador turned out to be considerably more--for her and CSM.
"I learned a lot--it was great, "Mercedes said. "It wasn't so much a paycheck; it was more about enjoying the job. "Over the summer and fall of 2007, Mercedes worked with Alex Guiriba, an outreach specialist at CSM. They worked on a number of projects together, many of which called for Mercedes to be in contact with the community, which she thoroughly enjoyed. "Mercedes is a people person," Guiriba said. "Faculty and staff loved her and she also interacted well with parents and students. Mercedes was able to make a positive contribution to the CSM community."
Mercedes' tasks varied from handling certain logistics for CSM's information tables at the San Mateo County Fair to working the booths for Operation Welcome Mat; and from maintaining the high school student database to contacting parents and students regarding the priority registration program for certain high school students. "Mercedes displayed quite a bit of maturity," said Guiriba. "She was very reliable and always put in quality effort each day she came into work. The wonderful work she put in with outreach was a reflection of her intelligence and willingness to work hard to reach success."
This semester, immersed in the demanding dental assisting program, Mercedes had to discontinue as a student ambassador - to her chagrin. Mercedes ultimate goal is to become a certified and registered dental assistant, while she still is considering transferring to a university to pursue a career as a doctor.
But this summer when her classroom demands subside, Mercedes plans to return to work as a student ambassador--this time as a volunteer because, as she reminds, the job is more than the paycheck.
What is CSM's Student Ambassador Program
The student outreach ambassadors serve as liaisons between CSM and high school students. Ambassadors supplement the outreach efforts of faculty and staff and create additional visibility for our campus.In addition to their work at local high schools, ambassadors work at community events such at the San Mateo County Fair and Hillsdale Mall Information Days. They also give campus tours and assist with on campus activities such as Operation Welcome Mat, Connect to College, and the High School Counselor Conference.