by Nathaniel E. Carampatana | October 18, 2022
The Silliman University Corps of Campus Ambassadors (SUCCA) welcomed seven out of 57 applicants as its new members last Oct. 3, posting a 12% acceptance rate for the first semester of the academic year 2022.
Stef Ledesma, Silliman University Corps of Campus Ambassadors Vice-Chairperson, explained that the number of recruits is not predetermined and was only based on who passed and endured throughout the recruitment process.
He also emphasized to the recruits that as members of the corps, they always have to remember that they are representatives of Silliman University.
“As a corps, we do our best to always align ourselves with what the university believes, politically and socially, but as individuals, we are free to voice our opinions. However, as campus ambassadors, we are obligated and expected to be more responsible in how we voice those opinions professionally,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kelly del Rosario, Silliman University Corps of Campus Ambassadors Chairperson, shared how the corps managed to operate despite the difficulties brought on by the pandemic over the last two years.
“When we shifted to online classes, we also shifted to online work. What we did in the first year of portraying ourselves online was really banking on our social media,” she said.
Del Rosario added that they posted one to two-minute “somewhat like tours” on their Facebook page. “For example, we did VisitaDuma. So basically, we were still kind of trying to tour but virtually and through videos.”
She also said that as campus ambassadors, it is their line of duty to give the Silliman experience despite the situation. Although they lost their core purpose as campus ambassadors, which was to tour guests inside the campus, they adjusted and found a way through social media to continue their responsibilities.
Del Rosario then concluded with a message to the recruits and aspiring campus ambassadors, stating that being a campus ambassador is not just a big responsibility. It is a lifestyle as campus ambassadors embody and represent Silliman throughout their lives.