This week Her Campus Leeds talks to Esther Marshall, who is not only our very own Assistant Editor, but who is also part of Leeds' Intercultural Ambassador Team!
Hi Esther! Tell us a bit about yourself...
Hi, I’m Esther! I’m 20, I study English with Religion, I’m from Farnham and I’m Assistant Editor at Her Campus Leeds and an Intercultural Ambassador!
What made you want to get involved with the Intercultural Ambassador Programme?
I’m going on a Study Abroad Year to Stockholm next year and while I was in the Study Abroad Office I saw a poster advertising for Intercultural Ambassadors. The programme looked so fun and I’ve met people from all over the world while working on my project! I now have friends from Romania, France, Hong Kong who I’m hoping to visit in the future. Ambassadors also get the chance to put on an event during World Unite Week or out in the wider community which was a great opportunity to organise our own projects, if a bit stressful at times!
What's a typical week like for you?
So, sadly the Intercultural Ambassador programme ended last week (sob) with the Showcase in Celebrate Week where we got together to look at all the highlights and eat a meal at the Great Hall. But while the programme lasted, I met with all the Ambassadors every Wednesday afternoon to learn more about project management. On top of that, I had other meetings with my group to organise our Open Mic Night for World Unite Festival. We normally went to Old Bar and had some food, which meant our meetings were always fun. Outside of Intercutural Ambassadors, I edit and upload a couple of articles for Her Campus each week, I find a Campus Cutie every week and I work at a local school as a tutor!
Esther and her team working hard at one of their weekly meetings!
How can people get involved with Her Campus or the Intercultural Ambassadors Programme?
The International Student Office recruits Ambassadors in about October every year so look out for the application process. I can’t recommend getting involved enough, you get to meet so many different people. There’s also tons of free food! Of course, it also looks great on your CV and complements your degree. Being an Ambassador has been one of the best things I’ve done at Leeds and I’m already missing our weekly meetings, even though we all still meet up for drinks and food.
To get involved with Her Campus, come along to one of our meetings at Monday at 4pm. We’re always looking for new writers and members and it’s a really friendly society. I’ve made some of my closest friends from being a member of Her Campus!
Anything exciting planned that we should know about?
Her Campus Leeds recently released our first print issue; move quickly to get yours! We also just got nominated for a Riley award which we’re so proud of.
Anything else to add?
Apply to be an Intercultural Ambassador, you’ll have the best time! Also, if you or anyone you know is interested in being a Campus Cutie please get in touch. There’s only a few more weeks of term to get the chance to join the ranks.