Exploring Student Life Programs

Nicholas Enoch

Whether it’s “First Year Experience Mentoring," “Student Life Ambassador”, or “Student Government Association Executive Board Member,” these three leadership cohorts are important opportunities than can change your college experience for the better.

The three main campuses at CCBC (Essex, Dundalk, and Catonsville) offer three leadership cohorts affiliated with student life. All three of these leadership cohorts have benefits that include getting tuition compensation, becoming more involved at CCBC, gaining leadership skills, and many more.

A Student Government Association Board Member is a position available on all three of the main campuses at CCBC (Essex, Catonsville, and Dundalk). Some roles that SGA board members play include overseeing and supporting student organizations funded by SGA, attending student life events like Connect fest as well as town hall meetings. They are also responsible for SGA press releases and various other aspects of student governance.

Brianna Ambrosino, a Student Government Association Executive Board Member on the CCBC Dundalk Campus, who joined the SGA Executive Board in her first semester of CCBC, describes her personal experience about her involvement in the SGA stating, “The best part of being in SGA is meeting new students, being there for them, holding events for new students and comforting students and having their backs. I also get to meet with important Administrators like the Dean of Student Life, the President of CCBC, and also get to spread the love SGA is giving.”

"FYE," or First Year Experience, is a program where students have the opportunity to mentor and help first year CCBC students. FYE mentors are responsible for facilitating new student orientations, assisting in Academic Development 101 classes, and also holding office hours, where if students have any questions or concerns, they can get assistance.

Susanna (Suse) Eberle, a current FYE Senior Mentor, states that, “The best part of the First-Year Experience Mentor Program is the knowledgeable, engaged, strong, and thriving mentors and supervisors that make the program possible.”

Lastly, Student Ambassadors is the third leadership cohort that is responsible for multiple tasks throughout CCBC. These can include but are not limited to, being a Student Life Blogger (sharing your CCBC experience to other students), giving campus tours (introducing prospective students to CCBC), schedule building (helping students build their schedules in enrollment services and academic advising), and more.

Virginia Njuguana, a Student Ambassador on the CCBC Essex Campus who started her journey in the Student Ambassadors Program in the fall 2017 semester describes why students should become Student Ambassadors. She said, “The Ambassador Program provides a platform to learn how to lead by example, to learn more about your character, enjoy working, and connect with others. I would recommend a student who is ambitious, and willing to learn more about CCBC and themselves.”

If you are interested in learning more about First Year Experience, Student Ambassadors, and/or Student Government Association, you can go to any of the three Student Life Offices on the three main campuses (Essex, Dundalk, Catonsville) or go onto the CCBC website under "Clubs and Organizations" for more information.

To get more information on the different programs or how to apply, you can visit one of the Student Life Offices located on the three main campuses:

Essex: Suite 102 located in the Community College Center.

Dundalk: Room 204 located in the College Community Center.

Catonsville: Room 003 in the Barn located on the CCBC Catonsville campus.

The application will come out sometime in November, with more information about the programs. You can apply to one, two, or all three cohorts for any one of the three main campuses.

The application will be due by November 30, 2018 to be eligible for the spring 2019 semester.

These CCBC leadership cohorts have changed these students’ lives and if you want, they can make your time at CCBC a life-changing experience.


  1. Devin Hodges 10 October, 2018 at 20:09 Reply

    in this article it talks about how what faculty in each board of CCBC’s campuses are doing to help students with their education.

    I think that this article gives great examples and could help students find things in the campus that they didn’t know about.

  2. VJ Tyler 14 October, 2018 at 13:26 Reply

    This article talks about the three leadership cohorts at CCBC and the benefits of becoming a part of these organizations

    This is a good read for students who attend or who are interested in going to CCBC. Other students experiences gives the reader a better understanding on what to expect from these on campus programs.

  3. Emiley Crabb 14 October, 2018 at 21:56 Reply

    Being a student ambassador gives unique experience and just one part of what the CCBC faculty is doing to help students out and give them all the help they can get since college is difficult enough already.

    This is an example of another opportunities that students don’t realize they have, or if they do they don’t utilize.

  4. Shivam Rajput 9 November, 2018 at 09:19 Reply

    This article talks about the opening positions for student government which helps students improve there education at all three locations (Essex, Dundalk, Catonsville)

    This opportunity is fabulous if students want to learn more and also join the student government program. This is not only a learning opportunity for students but i feel as if this program can expand and offer new ideas to other community colleges.

  5. Oluchi Udemadu 21 January, 2019 at 22:04 Reply

    I think the best part of meeting student government is the opportunity of knowing that you have a fellow student who understand the challenges you are passing through as a student. Thanks for this educational orientation.

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