Ashley decided she wanted to work in foreign affairs early on in life and quickly realized how important studying abroad would be to reaching her goals. During her sophomore year at UGA, she received a scholarship from the Honors Program to study in Hangzhou, China. Now, Ashley serves as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State and will soon start her next assignment in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Even though her career has taken her many miles from Athens, Ashley is still finding ways to enrich the student experience at her alma mater. Hoping to give other Bulldogs the same opportunities that she had to see the world, Ashley has made a generous pledge to the Langston Honors Travel Fund.
“I just hope my gift allows someone to have this wonderful, eye-opening, heart-pounding, exciting adventure that they wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Ashley said. “I hope that they come back with some really good stories to tell!”
Ashley had her fair share of eye-opening adventures while at UGA. Originally from Florida, Ashley’s parents wanted her to stay in her home state for college; however, she knew that the incredible study abroad experiences, research opportunities and language courses offered at UGA were what she needed to succeed. Ultimately, her parents agreed and Ashley went on to double major in international affairs and history. While at UGA, she challenged herself academically in the hallowed halls of Oxford University in England, traveled to China for an immersive six-week Mandarin Chinese language course, and coordinated disaster assistance for Haiti and Chile as an intern with the Department of State in Washington, D.C.