Ferris State University is offering its students a fun and exciting opportunity to give back while visiting their community and high school as a hometown recruiter.
Through the Hometown Recruiter program, Ferris students can talk about the university and share their personal experiences to friends and others back home. Program organizers see the program as beneficial to the student recruiter, as well as prospective college students, because it provides opportunities to strengthen communication skills, learn more about Ferris as an institution, mentor younger peers and earn university volunteer hours.
“Hometown Recruiters was an amazing experience. It gave me the opportunity to show the Ferris pride that I have developed throughout the three years I have been at Ferris. Sharing my academic, Greek life and on-campus experiences with new and excited prospective students gave me a heartfelt feeling that I truly am a face of Ferris,” said junior Avery Larson, a Public Relations major from Flint. “I was honored to have the opportunity to speak at my very own high school and from the 10 senior students I spoke to, I know half of them are Bulldogs now.”
The mentor role that hometown recruiters play for prospective students is important, according to program organizers. Hometown recruiters share their stories about Ferris when they return home during breaks such as those for Thanksgiving, winter and spring.
“Becoming a hometown recruiter allows students to go back to their high schools, community colleges or career centers to share their positive experience with student organizations, academic majors or the honors program,” said Amber Balmer, coordinator of communication and social media in the office of Admissions and Records. “Hometown recruiters provide college prep information to potential college students while those students are still in high school. This also allows them to receive volunteer hours for their co-curricular transcripts.”
Students who have interest in becoming a hometown recruiter can attend upcoming informational sessions:
- Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in IRC Room 120
- Nov. 8 at 11 a.m. in IRC Room 120
For more information, contact Amber Balmer at (231) 591-3961.