Student Ambassador: Ellen O., CIP Berkshire
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Student Ambassador: Ellen O., CIP Berkshire

The following is a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the program’s website.

ellen oI’m twenty-one years old. I grew up in Agawam, MA, which is a little under an hour away from CIP Berkshire. I entered CIP a little less than two months after I graduated from my high school, which was located in West Hartford, CT. I’ve been at CIP for three years.

I have been a student residential advisor at CIP for the past two years. In addition to attending CIP, I am also a student at Berkshire Community College (BCC) as an Early Childhood Education (ECE) major. I also partake in CIP’s art classes and over the past two summers I have won first place in CIP Berkshire’s student art contest as well as CIP’s national art contest.

In three years I have had three internships but most recently I intern at Muddy Brook Elementary School in the preschool program and I sometimes work as a substitute for St. Paul’s Children Center. Some of my hobbies include, reading, writing poetry, painting, rollerblading, and playing d’jembe.

An interesting fact about me is that I have been learning American Sign Language (ASL) on and off since I was five years old. I am now fluent enough to hold a conversation, despite the fact that I sometimes struggle with reading body language and facial expressions (which is a significant component of ASL).

About Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are responsible for meeting with visiting families, assisting the admissions office, and other duties as assigned. Ambassador positions are paid employment opportunities for current CIP students who have successfully applied, interviewed, and maintained their employment as productive employees at CIP.