AMS Graduate Life Design Educator/Senior Career Advisor
Hailing from Elkhart, Indiana, Sonjala loves bringing people together, water aerobics, and her friendly poodle, Midnight! Sonjala works to connect students to opportunities that enhance and broaden their skills. She also works with employers to help connect them to the top notch talent at JHU! Sonjala’s path has been a lesson itself in Life Design and she loves being able to combine all the skills and experiences she gathered to help others find their life’s purpose!
Sonjala holds a M.S from Indiana State University in Student Affairs and Higher Education and a B.A. from Purdue University in Sociology with a teaching certification in Secondary Sociology, Psychology and History. Prior to coming to Johns Hopkins, Sonjala served as an Assistant director in the Career and Professional Development Center at Carnegie Mellon for 15 years. Before CMU, she worked as an Assistant Director in the Career Center at Indiana State. If Sonjala could tell her college-self anything, she would say to invest in yourself. Keep your eyes open, be curious, take risks, explore and experience life!