Honors Ambassadors

Honors Program Ambassadors (HPA’s)
are the official student representatives of the
Baruch College Honors Program. As such,
HPA’s are a select group of volunteers who
assist in the process of admitting students
into the BCHP by sharing their experiences
as Honors students. HPA’s are characterized
by their strong interpersonal and
communication skills, excellent academic
records, and intimate knowledge of student
life and academics at Baruch College.

Want to Know More?

To apply to become an Ambassador contact Douglas Medina, Associate Director, Honors Program. Recruitment begins in late August.

Current Ambassadors

Markella Giannakopoulos

“I decided to join the Honors Ambassadors Program because I remember going to all the open houses and orientations when I was a prospective student. I kept trying to decide between schools and while all their programs were really great, the one thing that stood out for me at Baruch was the students. They ultimately helped me to choose Baruch and as an Ambassador I hope that I can help other students make their decisions.” – Markella




Vincent Gangemi

“I had decided to join the Ambassadors Program my sophomore year at Baruch after my senior friend recommended it. He told me it was an exciting way to complete our honors required hours. Though this was true, the program has proven to be so much more than that. As someone who clearly remembers being uncertain during my senior year of high school when trying to find which college best fit me, being able to talk to prospective students who are in the shoes I was in is extremely rewarding. I feel as though I can tell them all the things I wish I knew when I was in their position. The program has also helped me develop my communication and interpersonal skills. Most of all, I really enjoy getting to share with prospective students what it is like being an Honors student here at Baruch.” – Vincent

Katherine Dorovitsine

“My decision to attend Baruch was based largely upon the vast and diverse opportunities I saw for myself and my fellow students in the program. Now that I have been able to pursue many of these opportunities, I love sharing those experiences with students interested in joining Baruch and providing some insight into the many resources Baruch can offer to students. My favorite part of the role is now seeing students who attended information sessions with me, begin at Baruch and come to share how they have become involved on campus and found their fit.” – Katherine



Zill Ratanji

“Because my high school was the only one to provide specialized career training in my county, there was an application process to attend it. To help prospective students understand all that my school had to offer, tours were given by enrolled students every weekend of the school year and I was one of the head tour guides/ambassadors. I loved learning about my school and was even more passionate about sharing all my school’s opportunities with other prospective students. Therefore, when I found out that HPA served the same purpose I knew immediately that I had to join! Just knowing that I am helping other students see that Baruch could very possibly be an option for them is so gratifying!” — Zill


Rishi Dutt

“I joined the Ambassadors Program in my sophomore year because I wanted to give back to the Baruch Honors community. Coming into Baruch, I was unsure of many things, including whether I made the right decision in choosing to attend Baruch. Throughout my first year, the Honors Program helped me to find some of my closest friends and take full advantage of all the resources Baruch has to offer, which helped me to settle in and feel like I had found another home at Baruch.This is also what I enjoy most about working as an Ambassador — helping to share my experience of finding this sense of family and community and developing these close relationships with my peers. I feel that there may be other students deciding if they should attend Baruch but don’t know if they will fit in, and my experience may help to shed some light on the transition period after high school and make the decision a little easier.” — Rishi


Paulina Nowakowski

“I decided to join the Ambassadors program for many reasons. As someone who was always a shy and quiet person, I knew that this experience would be a challenge, but I knew that I wanted to give back to Baruch. I was excited to be able to help prospective students make decisions regarding which college they want to attend and whether Baruch would be the best fit. Now as a senior graduating with an Actuarial Science degree, I believe that I have a lot of valuable information regarding classes, clubs, internships, and everything else Baruch has to offer that I would love to pass on to other students.” — Paulina



Sitara Sawh

“At the beginning of my sophomore year I was looking for a way to get more involved outside of the classroom. I decided to become an Honors Program Ambassador because the role seemed like a great way to give back to the Honors community at Baruch College. Moreover, I knew that through sharing my experiences I would be able to help prospective students in the process of deciding whether Baruch is the right fit for them. I vividly remember visiting Baruch as a high school student and appreciating the advice and knowledge of the Ambassadors at that time, who could relate to their potential future peers. That I am now in a position to make a difference is truly gratifying.”–Sitara




Former Ambassadors

David Rosenthal, Class of 2018

“I decided to become an Honors Program Ambassador for a multitude of reasons. I remember how it felt during my senior year of high school, not knowing which college was the right choice for me and overwhelmed by the options available. I remember the struggle of not having anyone to ask for advice, specifically with regards to Baruch and what its honors program has to offer. I believe that I have the knowledge to help high school seniors and potential incoming freshmen make the right choice for themselves and their future, whether at Baruch or elsewhere. I also believe that I have experienced many of the pros and cons of Baruch, something that high school seniors should be aware of before making their decision. I love being able to help these students by giving off this information to them before they make one of the biggest decisions of their lives.” – David­

Anna Glinski, Class of 2018

“I had decided to join the Ambassadors Program my junior year because I wanted to share my positive experiences at Baruch College with potential new students. Searching for the right school is extremely overwhelming, as I remember myself! I wanted to facilitate that process by speaking with students directly, especially by being able to speak on how I have experienced the school the last 3 years. What I enjoy the most about the program is forming personal connections with the prospective students. I have found that sometimes I will say one thing, and afterward, the student will come up to me privately to talk to me about the topic. Because I have been in the prospective students’ shoes myself, I know how valuable my knowledge and opinions are. Ultimately, it feels great to know that I could have an impact on students’ decisions to come to Baruch College!” – Anna

 Zachary Nabavian, Class of 2018

“I joined the program in my junior year because I believed that at that point I had become familiar with Baruch enough that I could help incoming freshman become acclimated with the college. To me as a freshman, college life seemed complicated foreign and intimidating. I recall from my last year in high school how the admitted student’s panel made the prospect of college seem much more manageable. I have enjoyed giving advice to people in the same position I was in during my senior year. I also recall the challenge of finding the right college and the confusion of what exactly the right college means. Discussing with high school seniors what they are looking for in a college and helping them understand what Baruch has to offer to them has been one of the most satisfying experiences working with the Ambassadors.” – Zachary

Michael Lomtevas, Class of 2018

“Having graduated from a high school that specialized in aviation maintenance, I was totally disoriented during my first few weeks at Baruch. “Where are all the airplanes?”, I remember thinking to myself; I didn’t know what I would study, let alone how I’d spend my time in college. But if college is supposed to be a journey where we find ourselves, it’s one I couldn’t have enjoyed embarking on more. Baruch’s Honors Program gave me the tools I needed to discover who I am and where my interests were, and it gave me a clearer picture of what my future is going to look like. That’s why I became an Honors Ambassador: to share my experiences with the Honors Program with tomorrow’s generation of Baruch students, and to help them make the right college decision.” – Michael

Maria Lorenzo, Class of 2018

“I am a senior majoring in Political Science. I became an HPA because I felt that the honors program offered me many privileges, and this was one opportunity to give back. I really enjoy helping people figure out the first step in their college career… choosing that college! Also, I appreciate being a model of what it means to be an honors scholar. Along with this and teaching first-year seminar, I am given the chance to share my experiences to provide advice and insight to the next generation.” – Maria