The College of Education student ambassadors act as official hosts and representatives of the College. Ambassadors have the opportunity to:
It is important to the senior leadership of the College of Education to make decisions, when appropriate, based on student input and feedback. A unique experience for students, ambassadors are often invited to share their student perspective with the dean's office on important issues and give input for new initiatives for college improvements. Students may contact the ambassadors with an issue or idea.
Contact us if you have questions or are interested in being involved with the student ambassador program. Applications open every January, and interviews take place during the spring.
Born in Marietta, Georgia, Amari Allen is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. Her advice to new students is to spend time adjusting and acclimating to college life since this transition period can be overwhelming. She loves the College of Education because her major classes are actually preparing her to become a physical therapist in the future.
Spencer Allison is a third-year science education and ecology double major from Cumming, Georgia, who advises students to step out of their comfort zone. College is the perfect place to grow not only academically, but socially as well. Life is fun when you are constantly experiencing new things, new events, new people, new communities, and new ideas. He says the best thing about the College of Education is the community of individuals.
Cory Amick is a fourth-year exercise and sport science student from Milton, Georgia. He wants new students to know that it's okay to not have college figured out right away. He also advises students to meet new people and be excited about discovering who they are, what they want to do, and where they want to go. Amick says that the College is known for having students that genuinely want the absolute best for people. Everyone has a heart that wants to give, and it makes this college so special.
Born in Athens, but raised in Woodstock, Georgia, Saba Amirali has always felt a special connection to the Dawgs. She is a fourth-year early childhood education major in the Double Dawgs program, who encourages students to be the best version of themselves they can be. Amirali loves being surrounded by her friends and the College of Education's family feel.
Jasmine Bacon is a fourth-year middle grades education major from Gordon, Georgia. She appreciates how the College of Education prepares students with real-world field experience before graduation. You may not have the prefect answer or decision for every circumstance you come across, but you will have seen it during your time in the program. No one will let you leave completely unprepared. Bacon says the support and encouragement is inevitable!
Nicole Badel is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Duluth, Georgia, who says it's okay to not have everything figured out as a student. Enjoy your time here at UGA and be open to numerous opportunities! She says the best thing about the College is having professors who care. Her program offers hands-on experience working with a variety of clients, and most of her classes are in Ramsey, so there's no excuse for skipping the gym!
Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Annadele Barnes is a third-year student majoring in exercise and sport science. Her advice for incoming students is to listen to your parents since they give great advice and are right 99% of the time. She says the best thing about her program is that she gets to pursue her passion and is prepared to attend graduate school and start a career in the field of her dreams.
From Atlanta, Caroline Beltrami is a third-year student double majoring in English education and English. She wants new students to know that they aren't the only ones feeling overwhelmed—everyone is in this together! Beltrami loves her major because it combines two things she's passionate about—literature and teaching. She enjoys how hands on the College is and how much she learns every day from both her teachers and peers.
From Dunwoody, Georgia, Joseph Berney is a second-year student who intends to major in athletic training and exercise and sport science. He recommends new students introduce themselves to as many people as possible and find an organization on campus to invest time in. He appreciates how the College offers clinical experience before graduation, which exposes students to real-life situations in preparation for a successful career.
Carlie Burnham is a third-year early childhood education major from Alpharetta, Georgia, who says new students should come to college with an open heart and mind. Since everyone else is taken, just be yourself! She loves working with elementary school students in the community and is able to experience the field before becoming a certified teacher.
From Ellenwood, Georgia, Kelsey Campbell is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major who encourages new students to explore Athens as well as different campus groups. She says that finding and investing in a good group of people can make a world of difference. Campbell appreciates the kinesiology professors in the College since they are all kind, helpful, and knowledgeable in their fields.
From Dacula, Georgia, Cristina Chastain is a fourth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to say "yes" more often, even if it's scary! Sometimes a simple "yes" and stepping out of your comfort zone can open a door to an amazing opportunity. Through her program, Chastain has the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with professors in the field.
Mary Cowart is a third-year mathematics major from Johns Creek, Georgia, who says that no matter what your major is or what your interests are, find something to dive into, and it will give back to you just as much, if not more. And if you have no idea what to do, then just start serving people in your community and find out what you have to offer people. Cowart enjoys receiving field experience at local schools through the College of Education.
Lane Crawford is a fourth-year world language education and Spanish double major from Peachtree Corners, Georgia. Her advice to new students is to visit different club meetings, sit with someone you don't know in a dining hall, and try out a new hobby or intramural sport. She loves the diversity at UGA, and says you never know when or where you might discover a passion that leads to a future career or lifelong friendship. Crawford appreciates the faculty in the College of Education since they genuinely care about their students.
From Cumming, Georgia, Hannah Crowe is a fourth-year middle grades education major, who appreciates that her peers all have the same desire to teach and make a positive impact on students during some of the hardest or most awkward years of their lives. Crowe says it's nice to find people with the same passion because they inspire her to be the best teacher she can be.
From Dunwoody, Georgia, Emily Cyr is a fourth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders and minoring in Spanish. Her advice to incoming students is to talk to people who live in your hall, since they might become your best friends! Also, take the time to explore different things to find what you are passionate about. Cyr appreciates how the College has a lot of caring professors.
Brianna Davis is a fourth-year sport management major from McDonough, Georgia. She says all new students should enjoy their freshmen year because this is the time for them to participate in new traditions and meet new people. Davis enjoys her major because of all the amazing opportunities that it offers, including internships and jobs related to the sport fields. Also, she claims that sport management has the best advisors and teachers.
JyQuan Davis is a fourth-year middle grades education major from Thomaston, Georgia. He encourages new students to identify their interests and find student organizations that best represent who they are and who they aspire to become. Davis appreciates the closeness of his cohort and how they've become a small family in the College of Education.
Originally from Macon, Georgia, Abigail Deese is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major. Her advice to new students is to step outside of their comfort zone and experience everything UGA and Athens has to offer. Deese enjoys chowing down at Pauley's and appreciates the sense of community in the College of Education.
Originally from Philadelphia, Marques Dexter is a third-year doctoral student majoring in sport management. He advises all students to swim at their own pace, and says that college is a great time to discover who you are. Dexter likes the College of Education because he gets to interact with a lot of important and smart people who love sports!
Shea Duckworth is a third-year intended exercise sport science major from New Orleans. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to talk to at least one new person every day. It's an amazing way to make the College feel smaller and to meet people who you might not otherwise! Duckworth loves the energy in the College of Education because everyone is smiling and ready to help no matter who you are.
Paige Fierbaugh is a fourth-year early childhood education major from Peachtree City, Georgia. She advises students to stay engaged with other people, so they can form lasting memories of their college experience. Fierbaugh loves how the faculty in the College of Education are always willing to lend a listening ear even if her ideas can be a little crazy.
Caitlin Franchini is a third-year communication sciences and disorders major from Canton, Georgia, who wants incoming students to know that it may take a while to adjust and to find things you are truly passionate about. However, once you discover your interests and passions, friends who share those will soon follow! Franchini loves learning how to make a drastic difference in the lives of future patients in the College of Education.
Originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, Tyler Haaland is a fifth-year student double majoring in finance and sport management. His advice to incoming students is to join a variety of organizations and clubs. Haaland appreciates the College because students are given wonderful internships and employment opportunities with professional sport teams. All of his internships have come through the sport management program.
Rachel Hall is a fourth-year science education and biology double major from Woodstock, Georgia. She advises new students to explore Athens as much as possible. There are so many cool places and amazing restaurants. Hall says that the College is always there for support and is constantly willing to help, whether you're confused about advising or have some other concerns.
From Ellijay, Georgia, Joseph Hart is a fifth-year special education major who believes students should never skip out on an opportunity to explore everything Athens has to offer. He likes the College of Education because all of his professors have been or are currently working in the field. Hart is able to receive current and relevant information related to what he will be doing after graduation.
Hailing from Hoschton Georgia, Jared Hayes is a fourth-year student majoring in social studies education. His advice for new students is to not be afraid of making mistakes, both in or out of the classroom. Mistakes help us grow into better versions of ourselves and that can be a very rewarding feeling! Hayes likes representing the College of Education because of its welcoming and "homey" environment.
Nicole Hodge is a fourth-year early childhood education major from Columbus, Georgia, who loves representing the College of Education. She wants every student to make the most of each day on campus by trying new things, exploring Athens, and practicing self-care. She loves how the College helped her prepare to enter her student teaching semester next year.
Sydney Hollingsworth is a fifth-year health and physical education major from Columbus, Georgia, who advises freshmen to take advantage of the numerous clubs and organizations on campus. She loves the College of Education because most of her classes involve hands-on learning. She rarely spends class at a desk listening to her professors lecture.
From Lawrenceville, Georgia, Halla Jibreen is a fourth-year student majoring in exercise and sport science. She says new students should challenge themselves, but not take on more than can be handled. Jibreen appreciates the selective nature of her major program, which ensures that students are set up for success. The material students learn is very applicable and helpful for the future.
Ashley Kehoe is a third-year communication sciences and disorders major from Marietta, Georgia. Her advice for incoming students is to get involved on campus and put yourself out there. She loves the College of Education because she is surrounded by passionate individuals who push her to be the best she can be.
From Lilburn, Georgia, Ari Krakovsky is a fourth-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. She suggests that new students try everything without the fear of failing. This is the time to figure out who you are and who you want to be. You get to choose what your life looks like, and now is the time to discover your passions. Step out of your comfort zone, and dive head first into everything that UGA and Athens has to offer!
Ashlyn Lanier is a third-year special education major from Statesboro, Georgia, who wants all incoming freshmen to participate in a variety of organizations on campus. It's important to see what clubs, organizations, or on-campus groups fit you best, so try them all out and keep meeting new people! Lanier says the best thing about being in the College of Education is how much everyone cares about each other.
Gabrielle Lauderdale is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Marietta, Georgia. Her advice for new students is to take advantage of every opportunity this great university has to offer. Lauderdale enjoys being a part of the College of Education because she gets to make friends with people who share her same interests.
Diana Lopez is a fourth-year early childhood education major from Fayetteville, Georgia, who encourages students to step out of their comfort zones and try new things. Four years will pass by in the blink of an eye! Lopez appreciates how well her major prepares her to teach. Having field experience for the first three blocks of her program made her less nervous about student teaching the next semester.
From Hartwell, Georgia, Anna Grace McCurley is a second-year student majoring in communications sciences and disorders. Her advice to incoming freshmen is to come in with an open mind and to try new things. Don't be afraid to ask for help because, most likely, you aren't the only one struggling, in class, clubs, or just college life in general. College can be a big adjustment, so don't be scared to ask for help!
From Fayetteville, Georgia, Parker Nail is a third-year student majoring in social studies education. His advice for new students is to jump out of your comfort zone and put your best foot forward! As part of the College of Education, he enjoys working with the most loving people on campus who want to make a difference.
Lisa Neary is second-year mathematics education major from Marietta, Georgia, who says that UGA offers students a lot of help with financial aid and that joining extracurriculars are a great way to meet new people. Neary appreciates the advisors in the College of Education and says that being an ambassador has made a major impact on her life, which makes her excited to be a teacher.
Originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania, Kristen Nicolosi is a third-year student majoring in exercise and sport science. She encourages new students to put themselves out there, find out what they are passionate about, and to meet new people. Nicolosi Ioves how the College offers hands-on experience through practicum classes and has grown so much, while still having fun.
From Cumming, Georgia, Elizabeth Nixon is a third-year student majoring in communication sciences and disorders. Her advice for incoming freshmen is to join a club, play on an intramural team, and apply for leadership positions. Also, get to know UGA and its people outside of the classroom! As a transfer student, Nixon was unsure about how she would find community at such a big school. Fortunately, the College of Education made her transition a smooth experience.
Shivani Patel is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Thomasville, Georgia. She says it's okay to be uncertain about your career path at UGA because exploring all options is part of the college experience. Patel loves the College of Education because of all the research opportunities the Department of Kinesiology offers. This first-hand experience is invaluable to her future endeavors, and she appreciates the range of research topics available.
Hailing from Statesboro, Georgia, Ashley Patrick is a fourth-year communication sciences and disorders major, who advises students to take advantage of all the opportunities presented at UGA. Go to club meetings, explore campus, meet new people, and network with professionals on and off campus. UGA is a great launching pad to hold a successful career in any field, so enjoy your time here!
From Marietta, Georgia, Hannah Sharpe is a fourth-year student majoring in social studies education. She wants new students to live their own college experience and not someone else's by finding the things that make them happy and to pursue their passions. Sharpe likes how the College of Education gives her the opportunity to make social studies cool and relevant for students.
DeAndra Shields is a third-year exercise and sport science major from Columbus, Georgia, who says stressing only makes you waste more time. Instead, she advises incoming students to focus their energy on being productive. She loves her major because it offers a lot of hands-on experience, including working with human cadavers, conducting VO2 max tests, and testing for blood lactate levels.
From Newnan, Georgia, Brandi Sinkfield is a fourth-year student double majoring in sport management and business management. Her advice for incoming freshmen is to get involved on campus and not to take the college experience for granted. She loves the College of Education because people treat each other like family, and everyone is willing to help one another.
Christi Smith is a third-year early childhood education major from Rome, Georgia, who advises incoming freshmen to be bold and confident in who they are. She also recommends people befriend others who will lift them up. She appreciates how the College of Education's course plan is both well-organized and refreshing.
Codi-Belle Smith is a fourth-year special education major from Sandy Cross, Georgia, who wants all new students to take advantage of everything UGA and the College of Education have to offer. She says that it's a great time to meet new friends and make lasting memories along the way. Smith likes how the College believes each student is important.
Cole Smith is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Dawsonville, Georgia, who says incoming freshmen should chase their dreams at UGA. He likes how the College of Education houses such a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students. He also appreciates how so many individuals can come together to achieve common goals that better the College.
Originally from Berlin, Germany, Katja Sonkeng is a second-year doctoral student studying sport management and policy. She recommends all new students come to UGA with an open mind and have fun along the way. She loves the College of Education because of the diversity of people, backgrounds, majors, and interests.
Katie Story is a second-year middle grades education major from Loganville, Georgia, who says new students should study hard, make lasting memories, and build new relationships with friends. She loves working with middle school students and preparing the next generation. Story also appreciates how people in the College, including her education professors, are always kind-hearted and fun to be around.
Originally from Suwanee, Georgia, Natalie Stout is a fourth-year special education major focused on adapted curriculum. Her advice to new students is to enjoy the dining halls and make the most of every opportunity they are given at UGA. Stout appreciates how the College of Education offers hands-on experience through practicums and student teaching.
Olivia Taylor is a fifth-year exercise and sport science student from Chattanooga, Tennessee. She suggests new students get out of their comfort zone and try something that scares them—it almost always pays off! She loves how the College of Education provides hands-on learning experiences that solidify what's taught in the classroom, which makes school so fun and interesting.
Mary Terry is a fourth-year health and physical education major from Oconee, Georgia. She encourages all students to compliment a random stranger, give back to the community, and take advantage of the many opportunities this wonderful university has to offer! Terry says that the community within and surrounding the College of Education—from fellow students, faculty, staff, and alumni—are unparalleled.
From Calhoun, Georgia, Vanessa Thomas is a third-year early childhood education major in the Double Dawgs program. Her motto is if at first you don't succeed, try again! Don't be scared to try new things, step out of your comfort zone, and have fun. Thomas loves the College of Education because of all the opportunities it has provided for her.
From Monroe, Georgia, Chasity Tompkins is a doctoral student majoring in educational theory and practice. She recommends all transfer students prepare for and embrace the changes that are about to happen. It might be hard, but it will be worth it! She appreciates how the College of Education offers students real-world experiences, from classes and the PDSD partnership to experiential and service-learning work. There is something for everyone!
From Lawrenceville, Georgia, Teresa Tran is a second-year student double majoring in English and English education and minoring in women studies. Her advice for incoming freshmen is to not be afraid of attending events alone. Also, register for classes you want to take or find interesting. You'll love learning all that much more. She says the best thing about her major is the ability to connect with other people about what she's passionate about: reading, writing, and teaching.
Katie Tucker is a fourth-year English education major from Loganville, Georgia, who says new students shouldn't be afraid to make the first move in cultivating new friendships. Be the first one to say "hi" in the dining hall or in your classes. Having people on your side freshmen year makes the experience so much more comfortable and enjoyable. Tucker loves her cohort and professors, who have done an amazing job of creating a community within their classes.
From Jefferson, Georgia, Jeri Williamson is a fourth-year exercise and sport science major who says College is fun, but can also be very mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically challenging. However, through it all, each experience shapes and molds students into smarter, stronger, and better individuals, so embrace the uncomfortableness and find the good in every situation!
Sarah Williamson is as fourth-year exercise and sport science major from Buford, Georgia. Her best advice for incoming freshmen is to get out of their comfort zone and try new things at UGA. Williamson joined UGA's Rowing Club with no prior experience, and it turned out to be the best decision she's made in college. She loves bragging about the College of Education because she found her major with the help of a Student Ambassador.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Alicia Worthy is a fourth-year student in the Double Dawgs program, who is earning both her bachelor's and master's degrees in early childhood education. She advises incoming students to interact with the Carter Center either by going to events or by appointment since it's never too early to start discovering your true passions and building your professional repertoire.
Rachael Zimmerman is a fourth-year communication sciences and disorders major from Kennesaw, Georgia. Her advice to new students is to not follow any exact path of involvement—try something outside your comfort zone! The community Zimmerman found in her cohort and in the Student Ambassador program have been spectacular. Such a role gives her a chance to give back to the College, which has provided numerous opportunities.