Law and Business

Life as a Business Student Ambassador

Katrina McLaren with Dean

Katrina (Katie) McLaren – New Business Student Ambassador 2012
North Sydney
Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing (completing end of Semester 1, 2013)

What would surprise most people about your role as a Student Ambassador?

It is great fun! Being a Student Ambassador is about talking to prospective students and giving them some insight into the university. ACU is a fantastic university, which combines intimate campuses with excellent teaching and support staff. Telling people how great ACU is, is really easy.

What are the main developments in your Student Ambassador role?

I think the biggest develop affecting the Ambassadors is ACU’s rapid expansion. For me specifically, it’s the development of the Business School, seeing ACU develop means that there are increasing opportunities for current and future students. Wider range and availability of subjects and majors means that students can really develop their skill sets and tailor their educational experience in the direction they want.

If I could invite any five people to dinner, who would they be and why?

I actually found this question a little tricky, as I can think of many more than five people that I would be interested in meeting and chatting to over dinner, however I think my invitees would include, Oprah Winfrey. She is a strong, independent and savvy business woman, who has developed a successful empire, plus she has met every famous person on the planet! My second invitee would be Hamish Blake, one half of the hilarious comedy pair ‘Hamish and Andy’, as I think he would keep everybody laughing. Gail Kelly, current CEO of Westpac Bank would be my next addition as I think Gail would have some great insight into women in business and it would be great to get some tips. Richard Branson would be my fourth dinner party guest as he is an extremely success entrepreneur. It would be interesting to talk to him about how he developed his ideas and created an empire. My final invitee would have to be my sister Laura: she is a funny, smart and interesting individual – and she is such a kind sister that she would stay and help clean up after everyone had left!

In life I have learned...

What you put into, is what you get out of it! After leaving school and working full time for a few years, I felt it was time to go to uni. Working really hard at uni, not only returned great results, but it has also opened up a lot of other doors, I made the Dean’s List, am currently representing the Business School as a Student Ambassador and I was selected to represent ACU at the 2nd University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Thailand.