Ambassador Scheme Reflections: Ellisia Hobbs

Student Ambassador, Ellisia Hobbs, looks back on her time on the Ambassador Scheme as she gets ready to graduate from her Accounting and Finance degree.

When I was at college completing my Access to HE course, Ambassadors from University of Kent visited us to talk about university life and help us with our personal statements. I took a lot from the experience and wanted to have the same impact on other students. I joined the Ambassador Scheme to offer help based on my experiences of applying to, and studying at, university.

My fondest memory came from working at a Year 9 Visit Day for Northfleet Technology College in October 2019.  We were responsible for taking students to taster workshops, which they got very involved in, and giving them a tour of the campus. It was very rewarding seeing how the students interacted with the different workshops and how much they enjoyed the whole day.

I am a very positive and calm person and I hope that I brought these qualities to the scheme. Some students can be a little challenging or reluctant to participate, so I like to talk to them and help refocus them back into the lesson.

I was fortunate to work on many different workshops across all age groups in several local schools and colleges. This gave me an insight into the realities of things that are relevant to younger people today. As I am a mature student, with children attending university, this gave me a new outlook and helped me to understand younger people better.

I would advise any new ambassador to sign up for different workshops as it is so rewarding working with students of different ages. Have confidence in yourselves and realise how much experience you have to share with younger students.

After graduation I wish to finish my ACCA qualification to become a Chartered Accountant, while working and gaining practical experience in an Accountancy firm. I then plan to specialise in Taxation.