LIFEREADY GUIDES


ahighfieldAmanda Highfield
Assistant Director of Recreation - Outdoor Recreation and Education 
ahighfield@berry.edu

I am a third generation “Roman” who was born with a spirit of adventure and a desire to travel, so I actually never considered going to college here at Berry.  But then when I transferred back home to enroll here as a junior, my family was thrilled.  Even though I was the first in my family to attend college, they were delighted I’d moved back to Rome and joined the Berry family.  I really loved my time here as a student and felt like I could be just myself for the first time in my life.  

After college in 2005 I moved to Kenya to work at a summer camp for international kids and ended up staying there for 5 years.  I love East Africa and international service, so I moved from there to Missoula, Montana where I earned a Master’s degree in Intercultural Youth and Family Development with the hopes of returning to Africa.  I realized then that my calling is not only to work with young people in international and cross-cultural settings, but within the intimate yet professional relationship of Mental Health Counseling.  

So, I moved from my US Peace Corps assignment in Rwanda to pursue counseling at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  While at GSU, I continued to keep one foot in the outdoor adventure world by working in Campus Recreation as the outdoor recreation graduate assistant.  While it seems like an interesting path, landing back here at Berry last Fall, has proven to be just the right place.  I get to plan and join students in outdoor adventures, facilitate experiences on the challenge course, and be witness to tremendous growth and development that happens during your college years. The best thing about Berry is the students and I am honored to help you navigate this season of life and maybe have a little adventure while you’re here.