Hometown: Okemos, MI

Major: Sociology BA, Political Science minor, & Writing minor

Campus Organizations: Camp Kesem

Let's get to know Meredith...

What inspired you to major in Sociology?

I wanted to better understand the social problems in the world today in order to critically think about what types of solutions need to be implemented.

What classes have you most enjoyed? Why?

I really liked taking Soc 225: Project Community as a freshman because it offered me a unique experience to work collaboratively with incarcerated men. I also like that it offered me leadership opportunity and that I was able to become a peer facilitator.

What do you hope to do after graduating from Michigan?

I am joining the Teach For America 2017 Corps and I will be an elementary teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina. After that, I plan to go to law school.

What advice would you give to students considering a major in Sociology at UM?

When you take Soc 310 (a major requirement), you'll have to do a research project of your choosing, and I think it's really important to choose a topic/project that you're invested in. This is a great opportunity to learn about whatever sociological issue you're interested in, so choose a research question that you are genuinely curious about.

Have you participated in an internship or research experience?

Yes. I did research on the effectiveness of peer facilitators in service learning under the direction of Ian Robinson. I also interned at the Ingham County 30th Circuit Mental Health Court.

Where is the best place in Ann Arbor to get late-night study food?

Hands down, Denny's. It's open 24/7 and they have wifi.