Sonya Leak is in her first year as a Career Consultant at The University of Georgia. Sonya graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communications, and went on to receive her Master in Higher Education and Administration degree. Sonya is a Career Consultant for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Engineering, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the College of Environment and Design, the College of Public Health, and the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (Math and Stats).

How did you get started in Career Services?

My first exposure to Career Services was at Middle Tennessee State University. We had a program similar to the Career Development Intern program, but we were called Peer Career Advisors. I worked as a Peer Career Advisor, helping students with resumes and career advice.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy being able to guide students in the right direction. I like to help students before their interviews so they feel prepared and do well.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Do what you need to do to get where you want to be. You don’t want to be stuck at a job that you don’t enjoy!

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A wedding planner!

What is your favorite place in Athens and why?

Your Pie. They have great pizza!

What was your first part-time job?

My first part-time job was working at Chick-fil-a during my junior year of high school. One summer I had three part time jobs working at a movie theater, Icing, and Champs.

What is something unique about you?

I have five best friends that I have literally known since birth. We are all extremely different, and currently live all over the country, but are still best friends to this day.

Why do the CDIs love Sonya?

“The CDIs love Sonya because she gives great career and life advice.  She is always willing to listen, and helps answer any questions we may have. Her extensive career related knowledge makes her an excellent resource for the CDIs and students. The CDIs love dropping by Sonya’s office to say hi.”

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