Has the transition to UGA felt overwhelming? Are you not sure how to get involved or what to get involved in on campus? Should you enter the workforce or go to graduate school? These are all questions you may need help answering. We’ll help you have real conversations with UGA alumni who have been in your shoes in order to help you explore answers to your questions.The UGA Mentor Program presents Real Talk, a podcast series featuring authentic conversations between UGA students and mentors on topics that are pressing to students around work, life, school and career. Listen to the types of conversations that you could have with a UGA mentor here. Are you a UGA student or alum? Sign up for the UGA Mentor Program at mentor.uga.edu! Start your mentoring conversation today!
Looking Back & Forward: A reflection on where we've been & where we're going
UGA Mentor Program Ambassadors, Kevin Nwogu (BBA ‘22) and Elena Griggs (BBA ‘22), and their mentors, Raymond Phillips (BS ‘12 & MBA ‘18) and Mary Elizabeth Sadd (BBA ‘87), reflect on their experiences in the UGA Mentor Program from their time as pilot participants to now. They also discuss what it's like to get started as a student or mentor in the program, lessons learned from one another, and how the UGA Mentor Program has grown since its launch on August 21, 2019.
UGA Mentor Program Director, Jeremy Daniel (MEd ‘16 & PhD ‘21), also shares his thoughts on launching UGA’s first comprehensive mentoring initiative and the legacy of the program.
"We all end up somewhere by chance or by choice." - Mary Elizabeth Sadd
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Bella Sci (AB ‘22), and UGA alum, Cat Hendrick (ABJ ‘20), discuss imposter syndrome and how it's impacted their journeys as students at UGA and beyond.
Cat Hendrick studied journalism, sport management, and sports media while a student at UGA. She had a prolific journalism college career having served as a student journalist for the United States Olympic Committee to cover the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, working in the role of multimedia journalist and talent for Grady Sportsource, and presenter at the 2019 TEDxUGA. You can watch her TEDx talk here.
The First-Generation College Student Experience
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Mahi Patel (AB '23), and UGA alum, Will Ngo (BBA '07 & MBA '10), discuss life at UGA as a first-generation college student, expectations of immigrant parents, asking for help, and tips for first-generation students as they navigate through their collegiate or job search journey.
Will studied marketing while an undergraduate student at UGA. He returned to UGA shortly after to earn his Master of Business Administration. Will started his career in various sales and marketing roles spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He later transitioned into human resources, and now serves as a Talent Acquisition & Engagement Leader for YKK AP America Inc.
As a UGA mentor, Will is open to discussing building a personal brand, career/industry trends, job or internship search process, personal experiences and lessons learned, pursuit of an advanced degree, and transitioning to life after college with his mentee.
Personal Growth through Mentorship
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Sara Ervin (Ph.D. & MIP '23), and UGA alum, Jasmin Severino Hernandez (AB '13), discuss life after college, what it's like to be a first-generation and transfer student at UGA, their book lists, the magic of saying no, and how they've grown as individuals personally and professionally because of the mentors in their life.
Jasmin studied political science and Spanish while at UGA. She went on to earn her J.D. from Mercer University School of Law as well as a LLM in taxation at the University of Florida. She now serves as an Associate Attorney at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Jasmin served on the UGA Young Alumni Council as the Outreach Committee Chair for the Y20 fiscal year. As a student, Jasmin was involved with Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Soroity, Inc., the Hispanic Law Students Association, Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar Chapter, and Students for Latino Empowerment.
Being Black at a Predominantly White Institution - Part 2
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Kyla Edwards (BS '22), returns to speak with UGA alumnus, Cecil Threat (ABJ '82), to discuss their experiences as Black students at UGA and within the broader community.
Cecil studied journalism within the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and minored in political science. He went on to receive his maters in public health from Emory University. Cecil is now retired after having an over 32-year career as a Public Health Advisor for the CDC.
Being Black at a Predominantly White Institution - Part 1
UGA Mentor Program Ambassador, Kyla Edwards (BS '22), speaks with UGA alumni Yenu Wodajo (BS '02) and Jeffrey Brown (BA '05) about their experiences as Black students at UGA.
Yenu studied communication studies, mass communication, and African American studies while at UGA. She went on to earn a M.A. in journalism and public affairs from American University and later her J.D. from there as well. She's now currently the Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity and Privay Risk at Marsh. Yenu also serves as the Student Success & Support Committee Chair for the UGA Black Alumni Affinity Group.
Jeffrey studied international affairs while at UGA, and currently serves as the Vice President of Development and Marketing for the Partnership Against Domestic Violence. He is also the President of UGA's Black Alumni Affinity Group.