EXPERIENCE TEMPLE DAYS!
Not alot of people get to say that working on Saturdays is actually fun, but for all of us Tour Guides at Temple’s Admissions Office, It’s our favorite part of the year! Whether it’s getting to introduce the school we love to people coming from all over the United States, or even dancing at 7 in the morning, it’s always such a blast.
Over the past three years I’ve had the pleasure of working as an Owl Ambassador, and I think it’s safe to say that I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t for applying and being accepted to this job back when I was a freshman. I remember my group interview just like it was yesterday, and how scared I was to take the stage and give only a two minute brief about myself to the over 200 applicants that were in the room. My body was shaking in my seat that day; nervousness was definitely written all over my face that day; but for some odd reason, as soon as my body made it’s way up to the front of the room, I found the perfect words and they seemed to just roll off my tounge. Maybe it was because it was something I wanted really badly? I’ll never know.
It was definitely an opportunity that I took head on and continue to do so until this day. Even though i’m not working as many hours as I had back when I was a freshman and sophmore, I still make sure to find time in my schedule to give at least one tour a week! There’s honestly no better feeling then nailing a tour and having the parents applaude you at the end for a job well done.
Not only has this job helped me with my presentation skills, but it made my personality shift from a girl who was afraid of taking risks, to one that’s willing to go full force when it comes to an opportunity. I was able to not only learn almost every fact about Temple, but take the facts and turn them into my own words and even always add the “sally spin.” Stupid word I know, but I always love being able to throw in jokes here and there no matter how dumb they might be.
Being able to share my love for my school is an indescribable feeling. This past weekend was definitely one of the greatest ETD’s i’ve ever gotten to host because I not only got to dance with some of my closest tour guide friends, but I was able to show visitors our new residence hall, Morgan Hall! In all it’s 27-floor glory I literally had every parent walk out with their jaw dropped because of how modern and amazing the building looks on the inside.
Despite the pressure that’s always thrown on us tour guides to give visitors the best experience, I wouldn’t have begun and finished my college career doing any other job.
Kudos to all my fellow tour guides for another successful Experience Temple Day!