Sonya Karras had BSSC students laughing out loud—then so quiet you could hear a pin drop—in the Ulumbarra Theatre this afternoon when she presented her Whole New World session.
A long-time friend of the college, Sonya said she loves coming to BSSC because of the connection she feels.
“There’s always an eager group who are willing to come up and tell me their stories at the end of my presentation.”
Approachable and open, unflappable and unshockable, Sonya began her powerful message with the admission, “I’m not here to tell you to stay home, drink milk and love your parents,” and went on to cover a vast range of information about staying safe, the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, the laws surrounding alcohol consumption, and her own very raw story of drink driving and how it impacted her family—all of it told with a mix of humour and compelling intensity.
“How many of you have a plan—and a back-up plan—to get out of a dangerous situation? You never have to stay in an unsafe situation—get yourself out of there! It’s okay to lie to a drunk driver.”