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 Juliette Albert

Juliette Albert '26 (she/her)

Major:
Business Administration

Hometown:
Stow, ME

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because I loved the idea of being on a small campus in a city. I've also always wanted to live in Vermont ever since I was a kid.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Going to Burlington Bagel Bakery with friends, then going down to the boardwalk.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Going into any and all of the random unique stores in Burlington, with my friends. Then try to keep my friends from buying absurd things that they'll never use.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
College brings on many changes, make sure that you follow your heart, and listen to your instincts. 

Student 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.

Student Ambassador Jannatul Anjum

Jannatul Anjum '26 (she/her)

Major:
International Business

Minor / Concentrations:
Minor in Global Studies Concentration in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

Hometown:
Enola, PA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Sodexo

Why I Chose Champlain:
I choose Champlain but the beautiful view of the mountains and their amazing study abroad programs.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Taking a long walk along the waterfront. Then, making my way to Ben & Jerrys for some ice cream. Ending the day with taking a big nap.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite memory would when a truck full of dogs came to visit the campus during exam week in my first semester.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
You only live once so make sure to follow your heart and do what makes you the happiest.

Student Ambassador Thomas Cook

Thomas Cook '24 (he him/they them)

Major:
Early Elementary Education

Minor / Concentrations:
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.

Student Ambassador Khellmar Daring

Khellmar Daring '26 (he/him)

Major:
Filmmaking

Minor / Concentrations:
Finance

Hometown:
Winooski, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Videography
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Why I Chose Champlain:
I like the tight knit community of Champlain.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend would involve my friends, Church Street, and eating out!

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Me and a couple of friends did a jeopardy/game night event and won a lot of gift cards.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
My advice would be to be thorough and not overlook anything no matter how small you might think it is.

Student Ambassador Raven Duke

Raven Duke '24 (she/her)

Major:
Graphic Design & Visual Communication

Minor / Concentrations:
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.

Student 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
  • Marketing Intern for Champlain College

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?"

Student Ambassador Kyle Holland

Kyle Holland '25 (he/they)

Major:
Game Sound Design

Hometown:
Guilford, CT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Member of CSI

Why I Chose Champlain:
I really liked the environment, and felt very welcomed by everyone.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Spent on Church Street with my friends.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Watching my friend play through one of my favorite games in the common room and cheering them on.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
I know it can be very difficult to decide which school is the best fit for you. Do your research and trust your gut and your heart.

Student Ambassador Grace Johnson

Grace Johnson '26 (she/her)

Major:
Law

Hometown:
Iselin, NJ

Other Campus Involvements:

  • SGA

Why I Chose Champlain:
I love Vermont and think its a beautiful state!

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My idea weekend would have to be having some food at the skinny pancake and then chilling in my dorm with my fuzzy blanket.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Going to church street and exploring the area.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
You'll figure it out eventually and you'll be at the place you want to be.

Student Ambassador Sarah Kelly

Sarah Kelly '26 (she/her)

Major:
Accounting

Minor / Concentration:
Psychology and Forensic Accounting

Hometown:
Salem, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Stiller Women in Business

Why I Chose Champlain:
I had wanted to visit another school in Burlington and my mom wanted me to look at Champlain even though I had not wanted to. But as soon as I stepped on campus I fell in love with everything Champlain has to offer. I loved the classroom sizes, the upside down curriculum, and the short walk to from class to my dorm.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend would be (if it's nice outside) taking a walk down to Church Street and finding new places to go and get food and coffee. (if the weather is not so pretty) I also love staying indoors and playing video games with my friends in the common room.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite memory is from one of the very first nights at Champlain, I was feeling a little homesick and couldn't sleep. So I sat out in the common room where someone from upstairs was and my RA. That night I had never laughed as much as I did and met one of my best friends.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Go with what your heart wants, everything will work out for the best.

Student Ambassador 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.

Student Ambassador Jayden Lombardi

Jayden Lombardi '26 (he/him)

Major:
Game Programming

Hometown:
Voorheesville, NY

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because of the upside down curriculum, and the fact that I'd be taking major-based classes during freshman year.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Relaxing in the dorm with some friends, with a walk down to Church Street for dinner or lunch.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite Champlain memory was when me and my friends drove the short 1 and a half hours to stay in Montreal for the weekend.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
The dining situation is a big part of the college experience, make sure to note each college's dining hall hours, menus, and locations.

Student Ambassador Tori Long

Tori Long '24 (she/they)

Major:
Marketing

Minor / Concentration:
Activist Marketing

Hometown:
Abington, MA

Other Campus Involvements:

  • ResLife
  • Stiller Women in Business
  • Rugby Club

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain for the opportunities it gives their students. There is so much room to grow and explore different passions or ideas!

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Finding a nice spot outside to either hang out with friends or study.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Staying up late with my roommates and laughing at dumb tiktok videos.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
In college you get out what you put in to it. You have to say yes to opportunities but also know when you need to take a step back from everything and focus on your own health.

Student Ambassador Wolde North

Wolde North '24 (he/him)

Major:
Game Business and Publishing

Minor / Concentration:
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!

Student Ambassador Virgil O'Garro

Virgil O'Garro '25 (they/them)

Major:
Creative Media

Minor / Concentration:
Visual and Sonic Arts

Hometown:
New Rochelle, NY

Other Campus Involvements: 

  • Jukyio K-pop club

Why I Chose Champlain:
For their Digital Forensics courses as well as their flexibility in learning.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Going to the Farmers market on Saturday and getting fresh groceries and then hanging out.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Having a class where we got to play during class.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
It might be easier to choose a school if you have a goal of where you want to end up.

Student 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.

Student Ambassador Grace Phelps

Grace Phelps '25 (she/her)

Major:
Law

Minor / Concentration:
Psychology

Hometown:
Watertown, NY

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Stiller Women in Business President
  • Resident Advisor

Why I Chose Champlain:
I chose Champlain because the Law program was something that really appealed to me. I also fell in love with campus and Burlington the first time I visited.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
My ideal weekend in Burlington starts with a breakfast at Burlington Bagel Bakery (Triple B on an Everything Bagel!). I would then go for a walk down by the waterfront and take the shuttle back up to campus to finish up some homework. I would go hang out with my friends on Aiken Green and then eat dinner with them in the dining hall. I also love going to the events that SAPs hosts on Saturday nights, so I would go and do that. I would then go watch a movie with my friends before going to sleep to head back to BBB the next morning.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
My favorite memory is hosting Stiller Women in Business' Semi-Annual Networking Event last Spring. I had an incredible leadership team with me and we had the opportunity to connect employers from the Burlington area with Champlain students from every division.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
You will be okay. It seems scary and overwhelming, but I promise you will be okay.

Alexis Schafer '23 (she/her)

Major:
Law

Hometown:
Barre, VT

Other Campus Involvements:

  • Resident Advisor
  • Champlayers Drama Club
  • Student Government Association

Why I Chose Champlain:
The Upside-Down curriculum and the unique Law program.

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
Eating ice cream at the waterfront with my friends! (As long as it's not too cold).

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Staying up until 3am with my residents playing a Kirby game that had just come out.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
It can be scary! But if you do your research and ask a lot of questions, you'll find the right college for you.

Student Ambassador Johan Sifa

Johan Sifa '24 (she/her)

Major:
International Business

Minor / Concentration:
Psychology

Hometown:
Portland, ME

Other Campus Involvements:

  • DREAM program

Why I Chose Champlain:
Reminds me a lot of my high school. Whereby the school environment encourages community building. The staff and students overall were friendly and created a safe space!

Your Ideal Weekend in Burlington
That's my day to self care! Blast music (at an appropriate volume of course so not to disturb) and focus on the things I personally love like music, dancing, writing. I also take a bit of time to finish assignments and review anything for the upcoming week that I CAN do.

Your Favorite Champlain Memory
Freshman year: had a movie night outside on Finney Quad! Was one of the first times I realized that this is where I belonged.

One piece of advice for students going through the college search process
Take time to know yourself and what you are into, it'll help you choose the right college and set you on a great path!

Student 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.

Your 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.

Student 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
  • Shades of Me
  • Soul Food Step 
  • Black Student Union
  • CHAMP

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.