#ProfilesOfTenacity: Suzanne Kebanli

#ProfilesOfTenacity: Suzanne Kebanli

April 01, 2021
What has been your proudest moment in the past year?

Being an Orientation Leader for virtual orientation last summer is one of the accomplishments that I’m most proud of. Working with New Student orientation at UGA has been my dream since I attended my own first-year orientation session in 2017. I knew one day that I would be an OL, and when I finally interviewed and got my acceptance, it was a dream come true! Transitioning to a virtual setting for the entire summer had a unique set of challenges and was certainly not what I expected, but my team and I handled it really well and took all of the obstacles in stride day by day.

Why did you choose Grady and your course of study?

I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career in the journalism and mass communications field, so upon coming to UGA, I knew Grady was the college for me. I quickly fell in love with the people here and could feel their passion for the industry.

What are you planning to do after graduation? What is your dream job?

After graduation, I want to move to London or New York City. I’d love to either work at an advertising or communications agency doing Account Management or for an event planning company.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I’m Turkish. I was born in Turkey, and my whole family lives there! I grew up going there during the summers, so it definitely has a special place in my heart.

What does the word “tenacity” mean to you?

To me, tenacity means pressing on and fighting for something even when it’s hard.

What is your most memorable Grady experience?

During my first year at UGA before I was even accepted to Grady, I took Dean Davis’s career explorations class and it was one of my favorite classes to date. At the end of the semester, he invited us to his “Dawgs with the Dean” event on the Grady lawn. It was — and still is — one of my favorite Grady experiences because it made me feel so welcomed and included.

What or who has had the biggest impact on your life during your time at UGA?

I was an Orientation Leader at UGA during the summer of 2020, and my supervisor, Tori Tanner, had a huge impact on my life. We met my junior year and she has been one of my biggest mentors and role models ever since. She taught me a lot about myself, about my work and leadership style and about tenacity and perseverance. 

What are you passionate about?

I’m really passionate about storytelling and hearing what people are passionate about. I love hearing what others love and what makes them excited.

What is your favorite app or social media channel?

I love Instagram because of its versatility. There are always new updates and changes to the app, and it’s fun seeing how quickly it grows and evolves. It’s hard to get bored on Instagram because of the number of ways there are to actually consume the content, whether it’s through stories, IGTV, Live Videos, Reels or just my regular feed. There’s always new content to see and share, and it’s super interactive.

Where is your favorite place on campus?

Herty Field is one of my favorite places on campus. During my first and second years on campus, I spent a lot of time sitting on those black benches in the red gravel around Herty Fountain. A lot of my classes used to be on North Campus, so that was always my go-to spot to unwind and relax after a long day of classes. The sounds and smells and that spot in general is really nostalgic to me, and I love it. 

Who is your professional hero?

Tori Tanner was my supervisor when I worked for UGA Orientation last summer, and since meeting her I’ve learned so much about myself professionally and as a leader. She’s helped shaped me and grow me over the last year to be the best version of myself in professional settings and tackle new responsibilities and leadership roles. She is one of the strongest and most hardworking women I know, and I aspire to be like her in my career in the future.