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

Student Ambassador Mila Alicea

Mila Alicia '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Marketing
Minor: 
Public Relations 
Hometown: 
Bolton, CT

 
 Other Campus Involvements:
  • Member of Stiller Women in Business
  • Black Student Union
  • Shades of Me
  • SGA
  • Former Social Media Director of the Burly Beaver and Chiv.
Why I Chose Champlain:
I first came to Champlain for a writers retreat when I was a junior in high school, I automatically fell in love with the Burlington area. 
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend, would be going down town getting a treat from Champlain chocolates, then I'd be going down by the lake to read with my boyfriend.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
All of my best memories happen when I'm  in the office of diversity and inclusion. Most of my core memories are based from movie nights and past conversation.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Find your support. It might be scary at first, but just start talking to people, make friends. 

Admissions Ambassador Jaimie Ammon

Jaimie Ammon '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Creative Media
Minor / Concentrations:
Game Media and Illustration Focuses
Hometown: 
Stamford, CT

 
 

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain college because of the welcoming community and the schools dedication to my success.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend in Burlington would start off with a morning hike accompanied with swimming in one of the many water holes in the area. Following a long day of adventuring outside, I'd take a day to relax by the lake and read while watching the sunset. 
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite Champlain memory would be making snowmen at Finney Quad during the first snow of the year, which also happened to be at 1:00 am.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
When making a college decision, put a backpack on and envision yourself at these schools. Make sure it's the right fit for you and no one else.

Admissions Ambassador Abbey Berger-Knorr

Abbey Berger-Knorr '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Communication
Minor / Concentration: 
Minor in Global Studies
Concentration in Public Relations and Strategic Communication
Hometown: 
Enola, PA

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • President of PRSSA
  • Executive Director of Maple Street Media
  • Orientation Leader
  • The Crossover

Why I Chose Champlain
I absolutely loved Burlington and I felt welcomed right away into the Champlain community. I also loved what all of the faculty within my major had to say when I toured.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Breakfast at Burlington Bagel, biking the causeway, then having a beach day at Leddy Beach!
Your favorite Champlain memory
The last day of orientation last year! We did a really memorable activity where we all shared what we valued about all of our other team members. 
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Everything works out for the best! It can be intimidating to make so many decisions about your future, but everything will work out and you will find where you are meant to be.

Admissions Ambassador Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook '24 (he him/they them)

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

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • First Year Support Program Mentor (FYSP)
  • Willard and Maple Editor (Champlain's Literary Magazine)
  • Hiking Club Member

Why I Chose Champlain:
Besides that fact that I love Vermont, but I may be bias because I have gone to school here for 10 years now, I chose Champlain because I instantly fell in love with the supportive and accepting community that existed. I came into college with tons of ideas of what I wanted to do, but  was not sure which direction to settle on. I loved the idea of the upside-down curriculum because I was able to jump right into real world experiences within a major of interest verses waiting until my third or fourth year to do. This has given me the time I needed to explore all my options for my future and know well before my final year what I wanted to do within my major. 
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My Ideal weekend in Burlington would be to go to Muddy Waters (Tea and Coffee shop) for chia and coffee with friends. Then play board games at Quarter Staff ( a local Board game store where you can play games for free.) while drinking our hot beverages. It would be even better on wintery day.
Your favorite Champlain memory
I have too many memories to pick just one, but one of my favorite memories is watching the supermoon and taking pictures of it outside of the Library with my friends. It was magnificent! 
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Looking at Colleges that are not exactly right can help you figure out what you do want and is just as valuable as looking at colleges that speak to you.

Admissions Ambassador Raven Duke

Raven Duke '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Graphic Design & Visual Communication
Minor: 
Entrepreneurship
Hometown: 
Ferrisburgh, VT

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Co-President of State of the Arts Club
  • Graphic Design Intern at Champlain College Marketing
  • Fall Orientation Leader
  • CHAMP Member

Why I Chose Champlain:
Something I looked for during my college search was blunt honesty. When I met with the program director of my major at our Fall Open House, she was able to review my portfolio before I applied and I made sure to ask as many questions as I could about the program. Out of all the schools I checked out, how she described the program and who she was looking to add to the program exactly lined up with my hopes for the college I would attend.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
I love going to the Farmer's Market on Saturdays! It's always a short walk from campus and they have the BEST potstickers there.
Your favorite Champlain memory
My favorite Champlain memory would have to be Halloween weekend of my sophomore year. I helped plan all the festivities for students to attend, the Halloween dance, pumpkin carving, and my favorite, campus-wide trick-or-treating. It was so fun to see everyone out in costumes enjoying a childhood pastime.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Specifically for students going into the arts: Lots of colleges use LinkedIn for their student's professional development meaning most of their 3rd and 4th year students will have their whole work and portfolio experience there. Check out the students in the program you're looking into and see if their work matches up with what you want from that program.

Admissions Ambassador Evan Gartner

Evan Gartner '25 (he/him)

Major: 
Game Production Management
Hometown: 
Hopewell Junction, NY

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Event Staff for Champlain College Esports

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because it offered a unique major that combined my interests of video games and business. I also liked how small the campus is. It makes it very easy to find your way around and meet new people.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Sleep in, Shop at the UMall, Grab coffee at Black Cap on Church St.
Your favorite Champlain memory
Movie nights with my friends in my dorm.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Visit the campus, talk to the students, and think about what you want to do and ask yourself, "Does this college match with what I want to do?"

Vilcina Laplante

Vilcina Laplante '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Data Science

 

Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY

 

Admissions Ambassador Responsibilities

  • Events Captain

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • JEDI Student Advisory Board
  • Orientation Leader
  • CHAMP 
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 Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Saturday: Going to the Farmers Market with some friends, having a friends lunch, and going out the local activity later on in the day.
Sunday: Going to a local coffee shop and enjoying the weather and sights.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Going to Snowball in Spring 2022. It was so fun to help plan and see come to real life. I also loved the different ways that everyone dressed to the theme.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Take a leap of faith with everything, the school that anxious about applying to, the major that you don't know if you will be support to pursue, anything and everything. It will take you to somewhere great.

Admissions Ambassador Wolde North

Wolde North '24 (he/him)

Major: 
Game Business and Publishing
Minor:
Human Resource and Management
Hometown: 
Stowe, VT

Admissions Ambassador Responsibilities

  • Tour Captain

Other Campus Involvements:

  • President of Climb Champlain

Why I Chose Champlain:
I love video games and working with passionate people. Champlain was a smaller and tighter knit community of both of those things!
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend in Burlington is a weekend of outdoor activities like climbing, snowboarding, and swimming! If a weekend has sun I'll be taking advantage!
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Bringing as many VR headsets as my floor could find to one lab and playing Beat Saber all night long!
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Everyone searching for college is feeling the same discomfort you feel. Don't be afraid to talk about it and embrace the excitement such change can bring!

Admissions Ambassador Aidan Pearl

Aidan Pearl '25 (he/him)

Major: 
Law
Hometown: 
Nashua, NH

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • SGA Vice President
  • Resident Advisor

Why I Chose Champlain
I chose Champlain because of the Upside Down Curriculum, and that I'd get to dive into the law field my freshman year.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Going to Sweetwaters (before it closed:-()
Your Favorite Champlain Memory:
Being the reigning Trivia Champions
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Live where/close to where you want your career to start.

Admissions Ambassador Jasmine Tewksbury

Jasmine Tewksbury '24 (she/her)

Major: 
Social Work

Minor / Concentration:
Family Studies

Hometown: 
Campton, NH

  Other Campus Involvements:
  • Champ
  • Yarn for Good

Why I Chose Champlain:
When I toured Champlain, the campus felt welcoming and like somewhere I would enjoy spending a lot of my time. The small campus also makes everything seem more connected.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend in Burlington involves sitting in a hammock at North Beach or going for a hike.
My Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite memory so far would be the first time a met my roommate freshman year. We are still roommates now and I cannot imagine not having her as my friend.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Find a place that feels like home.

Admissions Ambassador Chloe Thenor

Chloe Thenor '23 (she/her)

Major: 
Law
Minor / Concentration:
Criminal Justice
Hometown: 
Brooklyn, NY

Admissions Ambassador Responsibilities

  • Special Projects Captain

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Student Government Association
Why I Chose Champlain:
I was told the law program here would teach me everything I needed to know so I can be prepared for law school and I really liked the close knit community.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Going shopping at the mall with my friends, watching movies and playing games.
Your Favorite Champlain Memory
The Shades of Me fashion show. I loved that I was in the spotlight and I had to do costume changes and perform with the Step team in front of the school.
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Just follow what you feel is right. Don't do something you're not passionate about just to please other people, it will not end up pretty.

Admissions Ambassador Sawyer Zundel

Sawyer Zundel '22 (he/him)

Major: 
Business Administration
Minor / Concentration:
Cybersecurity Threats and Mitigation
Hometown: 
Farmington, ME

Admissions Ambassador Responsibilities

  • Team Development Captain

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Eco-Reps Captain

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because of its strong professional development support and its hands-on culture where the learning doesn't just end when class gets out.
Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Breakfast at Burlington Bagel Bakery, checking out the performers on Church Street, hiking and cliff jumping at Rock Point, and ending the day at a bonfire at Leddy Beach with good friends.
Your favorite Champlain memory
My favorite Champlain memory was the 2022 Elevator Pitch Competition. I made a business model for a nonprofit for my entry and got some amazing feedback and networking while having an incredible time with it. I also won 1st place in the Advocate category and the Fan Favorite award!
One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
A little self-advocacy goes a long way. If you want to see a facility that's not on the standard tour route or if you want to connect with more students/staff/faculty, just ask! This is YOUR college search process, so let us help you personalize it!