Student Ambassadors

Shared Vision

As members of the Student Ambassador team, we contribute to our community by encouraging each other to explore our passions and challenge ourselves. Through positive communication with visitors and prospective students, we adapt to create new opportunities for professional and personal development. We strive to represent our college as best as possible and educate our peers and guests on what makes Champlain unique, both as an institution and as a home.

We'd love to take you on tour of our beautiful campus and, because we are all sophomores, juniors, and seniors at Champlain, we can answer any questions you may have about living on campus, academics, Burlington or anything else regarding life as a student here. If you aren't able to visit campus, or if you have any questions you'd like to ask us as current students, feel free to email us at studentambassador@champlain.edu and one of us will be sure to get back to you soon! So how about it? Schedule a campus visit!

Meet the Ambassadors

Emily Emery

Emily Emery '22

Major: 
Secondary Education
Minor/Concentration: 
Social Studies and Computer Science
Hometown: 
Beverly Hills, FL

 
Other Campus Involvements:
  • Resident Advisor
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because of the amazingcommunity on this campus. I have always felt welcome and comfortable even if I didn'tknow anyone in the room. I also chose Champlain for the upside-down curriculum thatallowed me to figure out which major was best for me.

Vilcina Laplante

Vilcina Laplante '23

Major: 
Computer Science & Innovation

Minor/Concentration:
Digital Marketing

Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Vice President of Shade of Me
  • Co-Captain of Soul Food Step Team
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain College because when my parents and I were looking for colleges for consideration, Champlain College fit a lot of what I wanted in a college. Champlain College is a small campus, meaning I can get to know my professors better and still connect with my classmates. Also, when visiting the campus, Church Street Marketplace reminded me a lot of home.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Drippin' in Melanin Fashion Show hosted by Shades of me. I helped in directing the show behind the scenes as well as performing with Soul Food Step.

Jessica Walker

Jessica Walker '22

Major: 
Psychology
Minor/Concentration:
Social Justice
Hometown: 
Orange, MA

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Resident Advisor
  • student activities office
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain for the upside-down curriculum and the tight-knit community that I have welcome since day one.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Spending late nights in the common room of Hill Hall with my friends

Alex Barnett

Alex Barnett '22

Major: 
Game Production Management
Hometown: 
Easton, MA

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Director of Marketing & Partnerships for Champlain College Esports
Why I Chose Champlain:
The two main reasons I chose Champlain were the Upside-Down Curriculum and the amazing community atmosphere. I loved the way that in my first semester at Champlain, I would already be able to start making video games in my classes. As for the community atmosphere, every time I visited Champlain, it really felt like a tight-knit community, where people got to know each other and were able to be themselves.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite Champlain memory would have to be the movie nights my friends and I hosted during our first year. Each Saturday, all 13 of us would pile into my room with snacks and blankets to watch a different movie. Every time I look back on this it puts a smile on my face.

Aidan Wasserman

Aidan Wasserman '22

Major: 
Law
Hometown: 
Seattle, WA

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Purposeful Dissonance
  • Champlayers
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose to go to Champlain because of the amazing atmosphere on campus. Burlington is such a beautiful place, and Champlain is situated right in the heart of it all. The upside down curriculum was also a big part of why I'm here!

Shane Bendit

Shane Bendit '22

Major: 
Filmmaking
 
Hometown: 
Allendale, NJ

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Rental House Technician

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because of the Upside-Down Curriculum. The idea of getting hands-on work and more focus on my major early on was a key deciding factor. Also, the area of Burlington is so pretty and close enough to home where if need be I can visit family for the weekend.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Going to Montreal for a day trip with one of my classes

Anthony Huynh

Anthony Huynh '22

Major: 
Marketing
Minor/Concentration:
Psychology
Hometown: 
Burlington, VT

 
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I wanted to get right into my major; I wanted to see if it was the right fit for me.

Alexis Schafer

Alexis Schafer '23

Major: 
Law
Hometown: 
Barre, VT

 
Why I Chose Champlain:
The upside-down curriculum and the unique law program!
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington:
Going out with friends and watching a movie at Merrill'sRoxy, getting ice cream from Ben and Jerry's, and eating it at the waterfront!

Anthony Huynh

Desirae Byrd '24

Major: 
Psychology
Minor/Concentration:
Family Studies
Hometown: 
Waterbury, VT

 Other Campus Involvements:

  • Event planning for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion  
Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I wanted to get right into my major; I wanted to see if it was the right fit for me.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory:
My favorite Champlain memory, so far, would definitely have to be last year's spirit week. CAMP CHAMP consisted of an abundance of activities, all of which were memorable. My favorites were stuffed-animal making and the S'more bar.

Anthony Huynh

Chloe Thenor '23

Major: 
Law
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY

  Other Campus Involvements:

  • Shades of Me, Soul Food Step, BSU
Why I Chose Champlain:
The upside-down curriculum and the connections and recommendations to top law schools in New York.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite Champlain memory is doing the fashion show at Champlain. It was the first one the school put on. It was a rush. I had to change my clothes 4times and also perform with the step team in front of the school. It was nice to be surrounded by cool people and show off our proud culture through clothing.

Anthony Huynh

Connor Wolde North  '23

Major: 
Game Business and Publishing
Hometown: 
Stowe, VT

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • President of Climb Champlain

Why I Chose Champlain:
Champlain is the perfect mix of small school charm with big-school amenities. After attending Game Academy for two years, it seemed like the perfect fit!
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
In my freshman year, the climbing club organized an overnight stay at MetroRock for anyone who wanted to attend. At the time I didn't know too many of the climbing club members very well, but after a long night of climbing, rope swing making, and setting up hammocks far above the ground to make a jungle of sorts to sleep in, I came to know some of my best friends at college to date!

Anthony Huynh

Donovan Garcia-Buckler  '22

Major: 
Game Production Management
Hometown: 
Essex Junction,  VT

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Game Production Management Tutor

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I wanted to get to work in my major immediately, and the upside-down curriculum allowed me to do that.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Cooking with friends for a nice picnic on the waterfront, watching the sunset.

Anthony Huynh

Sawyer Zundel  '22

Major: 
Business Administration
Minor:
Cyber Security
Hometown: 
Farmington, ME

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Eco-Reps Captain
  • Orientation Leader

Why I Chose Champlain:
After my first admissions event at Champlain, I was absolutely mind-blown by the community's passion and enthusiasm for learning. I saw students who were genuinely ecstatic about what they were learning in their classes and opportunities for more projects, research, networking, and professional development around every corner. I chose Champlain that day because it couldn't have been more clear that I'd be supported as a young professional with my own unique identities, values, and goals for the future rather than just being handed a standard, pre-packaged college experience.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend in Burlington has to start with one of the coffee shops. One of my goals in Burlington is to try all of the coffee shops in the area. I also spend a lot of time on the weekends on walks around town. Whether I end up at the waterfront, an interesting new store, or a scenic hiking trail, it's always a fun surprise and there always seems to be more to discover. Then, my favorite way to end a weekend day is with a sunset campfire at Leddy Beach with some good friends to enjoy it with.

Anthony Huynh

Thomas Cook '23

Major: 
Early Elementary Education
Minor: 
Writing
Hometown: 
Wolfeboro, NH

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Orientation Leader

Why I Chose Champlain:
- I choose Champlain because I love Vermont and for Champlain's wonderful community that I felt the instant I stepped onto campus. I just knew it was where I had to be. I love it here and I have not looked back.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
If money was not an issue, I would spend the weekend with my friends going to our favorite restaurants and playing board games together.

Anthony Huynh

Emma Worthge '22

Major:
Creative Media
Minor/Concentration:
Social Justice
Hometown:
San Mateo, CA

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Social Impact Scholars
  • Los Dormant Volcanoes

Why I Chose Champlain:
I fell in love with the close-knit community and beautiful town that surrounds it!
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Swimming in the lake, going thrifting, eating dinner outside on Church Street and finishing it all off with a creamee