Maria Darley assists faculty with the details of planning study abroad and study away programs. She works hard to market all programs to students to help them make the decision on which study abroad/away program is the best one for them. She has worked in various student services roles with Augusta University since 2003. She has previously worked at Florida State University, Savannah College of Art and Design, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Art History and Psychology and graduate degree from Florida State University in Higher Education Administration. Favorite travel locations include places like Greece, South Africa, Morocco, Spain, and Italy.
Hannah Carley started at Augusta University's Study Abroad Office in April 2014. She discovered her love of travel and other cultures during visits to over 17 different countries and through working at the University of Georgia’s Office of International Education. She graduated from UGA with Bachelor's degree in May 2013 and is currently pursing a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. She studied abroad twice during her undergraduate career (Switzerland/Scotland and Russia) and once as a staff member with an Augusta University program (Cuba). She only wishes she had planned ahead sooner to study abroad longer. Hannah has experienced the strong impact that her study abroad experiences had on her self-confidence, leadership skills, and worldview and wants to help other students experience it, too.
Rachel Arant joined the Augusta University Study Abroad Office in January 2015. During her time as an undergraduate student at Augusta University, Rachel participated in multiple study abroad programs. She studied environmental biology in Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, military history in Ireland, and participated in the Model United Nations where she won an award for Outstanding Position Paper at the national New York conference. Rachel is currently working on her Master of Public Administration degree. She participated in the Cuba program in the spring of 2017, gaining graduate course credit while studying economic development in Cuba. Rachel believes travel is an essential part of the educational experience. She applies her hands on knowledge and involvement in the study abroad field to assist faculty, staff, and students in obtaining a culturally enriching experience through studying abroad.
Abby Coltrane started at the Augusta University Study Abroad Office in June 2017. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oklahoma in Sociology in 2009 and began traveling internationally the same year. Since that first trip, she has had the opportunity to visit many Western and Southern European countries as well as New Zealand. She believes that the best way to broaden your global perspective and complete your education is through real-world experiences, and that travel is the perfect complement to classroom studies. In her free time, she enjoys planning her next trip, experimenting in the kitchen, exploring Augusta and spending time with family.
Sherita Cash is a study abroad alumni who enjoyed her time abroad in Ireland so much that she wanted to become a part of the process of assisting students who are interested in studying abroad. She is a Psychology major with plans to become a middle school counselor. Sherita’s inspiration to become a guidance counselor came from her rapport with students at both a grade school level and college level. Her experience traveling and studying abroad can help students make smart choices when planning their own travels abroad. Future trips include the Jamaica program for Education and Model United Nations Conference in New York.
Ashea’ is a Criminal Justice major and Sociology minor here at Augusta University. Eventually she wants to become an officer in the criminal justice field. Ashea’ dreamed of going to Italy ever since she was a little girl. She finally got the chance to live out that dream by studying abroad. She saw her favorite monuments (Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum) and she also saw her favorite paintings (“The Birth of Venus” & Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam”). Ashea’ really enjoyed her time there and wants to help other students get the chance to experience the same wonderful opportunity.
Anjali began as one of our Study Abroad Mentors and joined our staff as a student assistant in September 2017. Anjali is a Cellular & Molecular Biology major and Business Administration Minor. In the future she plans to be a naturopathic physician and travel around the world to help those who have minimal or no access to healthcare. She has loved to travel since childhood and has visited many states and countries including India, England and Qatar. She has been on two study abroad trips, Costa Rica: First Year Experience and Italy: Second Year Experience. Anjali has a passion for learning about different cultures, languages and faiths; she is always looking to learn more and expand her knowledge. From her wonderful and life changing experiences of studying abroad, Anjali hopes to inform other students of the phenomenal opportunities study abroad has to offer and encourage them to expand their horizons.
Study Abroad Mentors (aka SAMs) are Augusta University students who have been on a study abroad or study away program. These study abroad alumni were so impacted by their experience that they want to volunteer their time to promote the incredible effects that a study abroad program can have on a student’s life.
Check back for a link to a new webpage just for our SAMs!