Hometown: Commerce Twp., MI
Major: Sociology Major w/ LJSC subplan, Honors French Major
Campus Organizations: Ahava (Jewish LGBTQ group), Kol Hakavod Acapella, Songwriting, jNET Jewish Networking Fellowship
What inspired you to major in Sociology?
I took honor's introduction to sociology sophomore year with Professor Gocek and immediately was drawn to the way sociologists think about world problems. It gave me a language to speak about issues that I care deeply about.
What classes have you most enjoyed? Why?
I really enjoyed PJ McGann's Sociological Analysis of Deviance and Professor Murphy's course on Inequality. I'm very interested in politics and both of the courses allowed me to develop a very nuanced understanding of how to think, talk, and write about difficult social issues.
What do you hope to do after graduating from Michigan?
I'm moving to Leeds, England to support my partner in her studies at the University of Leeds. I'm going to use that year to work and decide where I want to go in the future. I'm not currently interested in pursuing a PhD in sociology (although I've considered it) and I'm in the process of investigating different ways I can take the skills I've learned in sociology and apply it to law and/or business.
Have you participated in an internship or research experience?
Yes. The summer after my sophomore year, I worked with a group of LGBTQ Jewish people in Paris to conduct research for my thesis in French. I interviewed 30 LGBTQ Jewish people and participated in group events for three months. The group in Paris is called Beit Haverim and I'm planning on going back in September for their 40 year anniversary weekend. They asked me to write an article for a book they are publishing about Beit Haverim, which will be published soon.
What advice would you give to students considering a major in Sociology at UM?
I didn't realize when I chose sociology that we have such incredible faculty here. Do a bit of research on each professor and what they study. Also, studying on the 4th floor of LSA gives you great views when the sun sets.
Where is the best place in Ann Arbor to get late-night study food?
I always go for Jimmy Johns!