Student Ambassador Profile: Jaylynn Alexander ’20

alexanderjAs a Student Ambassador, you are often the first White Mountain student that visitors meet. What do you enjoy about this important role?

What I enjoy most is that I get to interact with families, prospective students and visitors through direct dialogue, shared experiences and their interests. It also allows me to meet one-on-one with the visitors and tell them why I really take pride in going to White Mountain.

Tell me about a class you are really enjoying this year and what you like about it.

I am really enjoying World History. I like the broad scope of things we study. We have examined everything from the ancient Mongols to the Enlightenment Period. Right now each student is completing a comprehensive review on a history book; I am reading The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman. This book is about a husband and wife who are Polish-Christian zookeepers living in Nazi Warsaw and their story.

Congratulations on being elected Student Body Vice-President this year! What does this role entail and what do you like about it?

Thank you. This role entails being a role-model in the community and maintaining a certain standard for myself. Each morning I send out community notes that inform the school about upcoming events. I also collaborate with the other student leaders and the social committee to plan events and discuss the forward movement of the school through student council.

What is your favorite place on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is the library; you can see the beautiful view of the outdoors as well as all of the different people coming and going through the space. I also feel as though I get all of my work done while I am there. The library is very peaceful and allows for great focus.

You recently participated in the Field Course Hands and Hearts: The Civil Rights Legacy of Jewish and African Americans. How did your experiences throughout the week impact you?

Throughout the trip I had a lot of eye-opening experiences. We visited the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C, and the National Museum of American History, also in D.C. The group also toured Capitol Hill, the White House, the Park School of Baltimore, which does amazing work in their community regarding activism and social change, and the Georgetown Day School which was the first school to integrate in D.C. The experience that impacted me most was when we did community service at the St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Baltimore, MD through the KIND Foundation. Here I saw young children receiving homework help, learning computer skills, participating in outdoor activities, and eating dinner all in the same tiny three floor house. St. Francis is a necessity; for the majority of its kids, the community center serves as their only safe haven outside of a harsh inner city. 

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