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Anthropology Ambassadors

Tam Do

Tam Do

Major: Anthropology

Classification: Senior

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers or They/Them/Theirs

Tips for success within your major and college: "Hello everyone! My name is Tam Do and I am one of the Ambassadors for 2021-2022 in the Department of Anthropology. I believed the key to success is to be yourself, take your time to discover what you enjoy learning, remember that obstacles are not always a bad thing because that's growth and wisdom you are gaining from and enter in with an open mind by viewing things from another's perspective. It's one of the best pathways to help you develop tolerance and understand other mindsets in a different light."

What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "As I'm approaching graduation next year, I wish I knew to relax more by not taking things too seriously and that it is ok to be unsure on what you would want to pursue in. Try to get involved with clubs and school activities as much as you can. It's definitely a great way to meet new people and have a fun at the same time. As I progressed through college, I realized that network and connections are important in the long run, this can open more opportunities into knowing what you would like to fulfill and want to become."

A campus office or service I recommend: "I would recommend students to advantage on faculty office hours. It's important to stay in touch and establish a relationship with your professors and TA's, they will make every endeavor and provide some insightful thoughts and ideas to help you succeed in your field of studies. Just know that they are there to support you, uncover any questions that you may have and prepare you for the next chapter in your life."

Career goals: "I plan to pursue a career as an Academic Advisor or a Park Ranger."

Hobbies: "Outside of school, I love traveling to new places, embroidery is my meditation, photography, hiking with my two pups - who are my pride and joy and hanging out with my friends and family."

Marel Smietana

Vice President of CLASS Ambassador Program

Marel Smietana

Major: Anthropology

Classification: Sophomore

Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Tips for success within your major and college: "Build relationships! It's so important to have a good support system in place as a college student. Having peers and faculty members that you can turn to for advice or help can be invaluable. Relationships with faculty are also useful for letters of recommendation and undergraduate research opportunities."

What I wish I knew as a freshmen: "First, I wish I knew that it's okay to say no sometimes. It's great to take advantage of the opportunities you are given, but don't overwhelm yourself. Stretching yourself too thin just leads to burnout. Second, I wish I knew how important it is to communicate with your professors. If you're struggling in their course, or if outside factors like mental health are affecting your work, talk to them! Your professors, for the most part, want to see you succeed."

A campus office or service I recommend: "The Pride Alliance has a lot of great resources for LGBTQ+ students, including access to gender-affirming clothing like binders, fun community events, and self-care packages!"

Career goals: "I would love to work with the National Park Service or in a museum, particularly as an educator or cultural resource specialist. My dream is to combine my anthropological training with my love of storytelling, and to help people tell their stories for empowerment and social justice."

Hobbies: "In my free time, I like to paint, sing, and play guitar and ukulele. I also love playing Dungeons & Dragons!"

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