Newest alumni volunteers committed to students

As co-chairs of the Future Alumni Committee, Amritha Kanakamedala ’16 and Peter Lambert '16 represented the voice of current students on important issues in alumni relations and volunteer engagement. Below, they reflect on how, as alumni, they will use volunteering to create new opportunities for students.

Amritha Kanakamedala ’16

In what roles have you volunteered for Rice?

I have served in a number of roles during my time at Rice, including serving as the Student Association external vice president, the head academic fellow/mentor at Brown College, as an O-Week advisor for Brown for two years, and as the co-chair of the Future Alumni Committee. As an alum, I will serve on task forces of the ARA board.

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

I serve the Rice community because it has provided me with resources, opportunities, friendships and encouragement. Over the past four years, the community at Rice has supported my dreams and the work I have done for the campus, and I volunteer in order to give back and pay it forward for future students.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Rice?

I enjoy working with and serving current Rice students the most. When I volunteer at Rice, I am able to see how my work directly benefits the students, and this in itself is so rewarding.

What's a fun Rice fact about you?

Though I had visited about 35 colleges before applying to colleges my senior year, Rice was the only school I had not visited before applying. Once I visited in April of my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the school and the campus.

Why should others volunteer for Rice?

Volunteering for Rice is one of the most rewarding things I have done. Your service not only benefits the community and university as a whole, but it is also self-serving in some ways because the experience itself is enjoyable. I volunteer for Rice because I want to support the university and because serving this campus brings me joy and happiness. So much of my experience at Rice has been shaped by serving the campus, and I am so thankful for having the opportunity to work alongside my peers and the administration to better the Rice community.

Peter Lambert ’16

In what roles have you volunteered for Rice?

I've served in Duncan College government to help plan events to bring the college community together. I was also an O-Week advisor for three years, where I helped a group of students transition to life at Rice throughout their first year. Most recently, I've served as the Future Alumni Committee co-chair, in which I've helped to build programs giving students opportunities to have meaningful interactions with Rice alumni, ranging from social activities to professional networking experiences.

Why do you volunteer for Rice?

I volunteer to help students realize how they can make the most of their Rice experience. Many resources on campus are largely untapped by many students, who could truly benefit from the experiences these resources provide. Specifically, I think current students can learn a lot from interacting with Rice alumni that have been through similar experiences and can help relate what life looks like after getting a Rice degree.

What do you enjoy most about volunteering at Rice?

I love connecting students with opportunities around campus that they didn't know existed. Also, I enjoy making sure everyone can have as meaningful of an experience at Rice as I did.

What's a fun Rice fact about you?

The summer before I started at Rice University, I spent two months studying diseases of rice (plants) in Changsha, China. There's a great picture of me in my Rice shirt working in the rice field.

Why should others volunteer for Rice?

One volunteer's impact has the potential to completely change a Rice student's college experience. Helping students discover something they love is always a blast!

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