Amber Galusha-Patel serves as an Area Director for the Housing and Residence Life Department at the University of Miami. The Chicago native left her roots in the Midwest to receive her B.S. in Secondary Education and her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University in Miami, FL. Prior to starting at UM, Amber worked for the housing department at the Georgia Institute of Technology for three years. During her time at Georgia Tech, Amber worked with the Office of International Education for the Summer of 2013 where she traveled through 6 European countries and 10 cities with students studying art and music. This experience introduced her to study abroad programs and the exciting opportunity to combine her passion as an educator with her love for traveling. She is thrilled to meet all the Fall 2015 Semester at Sea voyagers as they embark on a journey of a lifetime.