ZSR Ambassadors is a one-year student leadership opportunity that allows a group of students to make a lasting impact on campus. What do ZSR Ambassadors do?
We asked our Ambassadors, “what should new students know about ZSR?”
President 2021-2022, Vice President 2020-2021
Hi, I’m Parker, a junior from Pensacola, Florida. At Wake Forest, I am a student assistant in the Special Collections & Archives division of the library, a student advisor, and contributor to the Old Gold and Black. I enjoy historical research, documentary filmmaking, and learning new things every day. ZSR is such an amazing place on campus and I look forward to spreading the word about its amazing resources! I think a new student should know that the library provides information on anything and everything from the collections of Maya Angelou to rare books dating back to the 13th century. Take a look at the finding aids and search features on the library’s website and see just how vast the collections are. There really is something for everyone here. I urge new students to take advantage of all of these incredible resources during their time at Wake!
Hello, I’m Henry, a senior from Cary, North Carolina. I am majoring in Health and Exercise Science, and minoring in biology. I am involved in a plethora of organizations on campus. I am the Captain of Wake Forest Emergency Medical Services, President of the Bass Fishing Team, President of the Pre-Dental Student Association, I am both the Social Chair and Treasurer of the National Society of Leadership and Success, Treasurer of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, Treasurer of Tri-Beta Biology Honor Society, and Wakerspace Student Staff Volunteer. I think new students should be aware of group spaces available in the ZSR Library!
My name is Dalton Collins and I am a senior at Wake set to graduate May 2022. Throughout my time here I ended up majoring in Psychology and Sociology, as well as spending a lot of time at ZSR. Not only is ZSR an integral part of my studying and research experience at Wake, it has enabled me to work at a job that fits within a busy class schedule and contributes to my resume as I prepare for a career. New students should see ZSR equally as important to their Wake experience as their dorm room. It is where you will research for essays, study for finals, and stop for coffee. Perhaps you will even find a place among its staff like I did. I look forward to working with staff members and peers as part of the ZSR Ambassador Program to make our library even better.
Hey y’all! I’m Amani, a senior from Rex, GA. I’m a math major, but I have a strong passion for the humanities. Outside of class, you can catch me listening to music, eating good, trying to read and as of lately, in the gym. Specifically on campus, I’m a student manager for Women’s Basketball and a general body member for Association of Women in Mathematics, Black Student Alliance, and Student Union. As an incoming student, I think it’s good to familiarize yourself with ZSR. As a freshman, I didn’t utilize ZSR which meant I missed out on a lot of cool opportunities. There is so much support in the library from getting assistance from one of the research librarians to random fun events that happen throughout the year.
Secretary 2021-2022, Secretary 2020-2021
I am a senior working towards becoming a doctor. I am passionate about health advocacy, art, and food. When I’m not studying, planning for the Bioethics Club, or working at the Hanes Art Gallery, you can find me snacking on some queso from Moe’s or swinging on the tree swings near Scales. ZSR offers much more than opportunities for research or cozy and collaborative study spaces; ZSR is a central meeting location for advancing Wake Forest students’ and faculty members’ missions. While ZSR is a great place to study and get work done, the atmosphere that Wake Forest students, faculty, and staff have cultivated here over time represents the unity and determination to benefit others that define the Wake Forest community. As you spend more time in ZSR, pay close attention to the little details, like the art vending machine, murals, and mini library book exchange box tucked into a corner of ZSR’s side entrance, that show us just how integral our library is to our community.
Vice President 2021-2022, Community Engagement Chair 2020-2021
I’m a junior from Poquoson, Virginia and I am majoring in Elementary Education! Outside of being a ZSR Ambassador, I am involved in Greek Life and work in ZSR Special Collections and Archives. New students should know that it helps to get lost in the library! There are so many rooms that you have to stumble upon to find, but can be the greatest new study spots!
Community Engagement Chair 2021-2022
Hello! My name is Camille Frient, and I am a sophomore from Chicago, Illinois. I am on the pre-business track here at Wake, and am considering minoring in politics and international affairs. In addition to being a ZSR ambassador, I am a member of the Kappa Beta Gamma sorority, a writer for the FIT magazine, and a blogger for WFU Style. Outside of my studies, I am very passionate about hiking and skiing, and typically spend most of my breaks from school in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A new student should know that although the ZSR can be a serious and serene place to get your work done, it is also a great spot to bond and collaborate with friends or classmates. Some of the late nights I spent in the library knocking-out work with my friends were among some of the best nights of my freshman year.
Victoria Iyonmana Oduwa
Hello! My name is Victoria Oduwa, and I am a senior at Wake! I was born in Bethesda Maryland and I spent my childhood in Lagos and Abuja, Nigeria. I arrived back at the states in 2013 and I am currently living with my grandmother in Memphis TN (Home of the blues and the BEST barbecue!) I am a current Engineering Major with a minor in Anthropology and a concentration in Health and Wellness. A fun fact about me is that I come from one of the oldest Kingdoms still in existence! (The Benin Empire, which was founded in 1180AD). I can also trace my ancestry back to a mighty warrior named Osagie who was a champion of the Benin Empire! I believe that new students should know that ZSR is more than just a library. It is an ecosystem of curiosity. It is where you go to learn with yourself, for yourself and about yourself.
Hello! My name is Amanda Jones, and I am a sophomore from the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. I am an aspiring Art History and Anthropology double major with a minor in French. In addition to being a ZSR Ambassador, I am a member of the Delta Zeta sorority and a writer & the social media team for the Her Campus WFU chapter. ZSR is my favorite spot on campus from the coffee at Caminos to my study space on the 8th Floor! I believe new students should take advantage of all the fun programs the library has to offer. ZSR is more than just a big building full of books. It has wonderful resources to help you in your academic career and even games to collaborate with friends. Don’t be afraid to explore and try new things!
My name is Julia Konradt and I am a sophomore from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m on the Pre- Business track and am planning on minoring in Spanish. In addition to being a ZSR ambassador, I am a student adviser. During my free time around campus, I love to walk the Reynolda Trails, have quad picnics with my friends, and explore the ZSR library! What should new students know about ZSR? The ZSR is not just a silent study spot, it also has lots of collaborative spaces. Some of my favorite spots to collaborate are the upstairs of Camino and the classroom spaces. You can rent out classroom spaces online!
I am a second-year student planning on majoring in Biology and/or Art History. I love the liberal arts structure of Wake and the way it facilitates the study of a diverse array of subject matter. Outside of class, I enjoy doing research and giving back to the community, through service! I think new students should know how approachable and helpful the librarians at ZSR are!
The library is one of my favorite spots on campus because of the windows. Perhaps it is callous of me to love the inside of a building because of its view of the outside, yet I do, unequivocally. I’m inspired by the view and I do my best work there. Every student should know that ZSR is one of the sunniest spots on campus and has great studying, reading, and relaxing nooks. As a junior working toward a major in French studies with two minors in Creative Writing and Computer Science, I’ve spent a good amount of time both studying and relaxing in the library. As a ZSR ambassador, I hope you find your own personal creative space behind the beautiful windows of ZSR.
My name is Joe McPherson, and I am a junior here at Wake Forest University. I am from Mebane, North Carolina. I enjoy being active through hobbies such as running, hiking, and playing tennis. I enjoy eating at Cook Out, Panera, and Chick-fil-A (so if I’m not in the ZSR you can probably find me at one of those places). New students should know that the ZSR has a plethora of services available for assistance in writing. From the writing center, to Zotero access, to even workshops that educate students on how to use Zotero, the ZSR is here to help students succeed in all aspects of writing.
Hello everyone, I’m Raniery Mendes and I am a senior from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I double major in Computer Science and Politics & International Affairs. Besides being an Ambassador, I am a member of the High-Performance Computing Team which will be competing at the SCC 2021 in November. An interesting fact about me is that I researched cybersecurity this past summer sponsored by the Richter Scholarship. Also, I am TA for computer science and I love to code while listening to Brazilian Funk and EDM music. I think all students, especially first-year students, should take some time to explore ZSR because it goes beyond being a library. It offers a comfortable, welcoming environment as well as plenty of resources – my favorite ones are the Writing Center and the study rooms. I am sure you will find your favorite/perfect study spot. (I recommend room 601 on the 6th floor – It offers a fantastic view of the campus). Also, ZSR has a great Staff team, so make sure to get in touch with them if you need any help.
Hi! I’m Katie Murray, a current sophomore from Allendale, New Jersey. I am a Finance major with a Spanish minor who is very passionate about academics as well as campus life. In addition to being an ambassador, I am also a tour guide at Wake as well as a member of the Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority. In my time outside of class, you can find me working out at the gym, going out to eat with friends, and studying at the ZSR! I highly recommend making use of all the resources the library has to offer, as well as navigating the different floors of the library to find a study spot that is perfect for you! Also, the people who work in the library are delightful and some of the most friendly and helpful people you will come across, so don’t hesitate to ask for help or simply say hi!
Hi! I’m Clare Myeroff, a current sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. I am an HES or Philosophy major with minors in Neuroscience and Bioethics on the premed track. In addition to being a ZSR ambassador, I am also a student advisor and a part of the Kappa Beta Gamma Sorority. Outside of class, you can find me having quad picnics with friends, working out at the gym, and studying at the ZSR! The ZSR is such a beautiful and bright study place with spaces for both intense focus and noisy collaborative work — You can even rent out classrooms online to make sure you have a spot for group work. The people who work in the library are so kind and helpful, so don’t hesitate asking them for help or exploring to find your favorite spot!
I’m a junior Art History and Psychology major from Columbia, SC. In addition to being an Ambassador, I write for Her Campus blog, volunteer at Campus Kitchen, sing in Wake’s concert choir, and am a member of Kappa Delta sorority. In my down time, you can find me taking spin classes at the gym, walking to Reynolda Village, making tons of playlists on Spotify, and of course, hanging out in ZSR! New students should make sure to explore all the floors of the library when they have a chance– last year I discovered a new favorite study spot right before we left for break!!
My name is Katarina and I am Croatian-American who grew up in Geneva, Switzerland! I am a senior at Wake Forest and I am studying music performance (if you ever need me I will be in Scales). I work in the ZSR and the resources here are EXTREMELY helpful: always take advantage of them while you still can. Also, the workers are very kind and polite, so don’t be afraid to ask them anything about the library!
Hi my name is Madi Shaver and I’m a junior at Wake! I’m majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. I love learning about memory and how to better understand the brain. I love watching North Carolina’s setting skies, playing sports, painting, and dogs! My first few experiences in the library began when I started as an information systems analyst in the library in the little nook area called The Bridge. I love coming to work in such a beautiful building and further love to study for classes in the library when I’m not on shift. There are so many hidden places to sit, study, and read. I think one of the most unique resources and spaces to have on a college campus is the library. ZSR creates a wonderful atmosphere to get work done individually and with friends. Something everyone should know about the library is that there’s a laptop charging station at the Bridge in case you forget your charger…no need to worry about it dying.
I’m Julie Sun, a senior. For new students, it is better to know that there is a room called ZSR Library Auditorium (room 404), in which scholars from all over the world would come and give lectures to students. These lectures cover different fields and are easy to be understood. So if newcomers find it hard to decide their major, then listen to these lectures might be a good starting point for them to discover their real interests.
What Do ZSR Ambassadors Do?
- Suggest ways to improve the student experience within ZSR Library by participating in monthly meetings and focus groups
- Publicize and work at library events, such as the Wake the Library, Dean’s List Gala, Find Your Nerd Herd, and guest lectures & exhibits
- Promote library services and resources to students in residence halls, classes, and beyond
The ZSR Ambassador program provides undergraduate and graduate students with leadership skills, professional connections, project management, marketing skills and the opportunity to make a positive impact to the ZSR Library.