Yesterday, we rolled out our new tour guides at the crisp hour of 6AM and made them walk backwards (as tour guides are wont to do) to the quad, where we fed them breakfast and did introductions. This new crop of 30 guides was selected from a pool of “well over” 100 applicants (in the words of our manager), making this job one of the campus’s most coveted. And for good reason.
This is the lovely group I helped roll out from Branner and Wilbur, walking backwards
A number of our new hires come from cool places like Korea, Brazil, and Eritrea; they come from all academic classes (including some co-terms), and of course from many different majors (blah blah). We have two former ASSU Executive candidates, Ravenswood Reads tutors, a KZSU broadcaster, a PHE, several HoHos, research assistants, a Stanford Progressive writer, RAs, members of a cappella groups (Talisman, Counterpoint, Mendicants, and Everyday People), and a student rep to the Board of Trustees. Together, they speak 17 languages, including Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi, Tigrinya, Telugu, Amharic, Arabic, Portuguese, Mandarin, and Japanese.
What can I say? I’m proud.
The crowd of new and current tour guides forms in the quad…
Catching them off guard…
Clearly, the new hires weren’t already dressed and ready when we came “knocking”
I’m also pretty sure they don’t want naked pictures of them floating around on the internet.
Puttin’ on my shoes!
In the Quad!
Oh boy, Jackie
The guides were invited to make their new nametags at the Quad gathering… but Chengos couldn’t fit her whole name on her nametag.
Gathering around the Rosette
Yeah, tour guides