Hometown: Benton Harbor, MI
Major: Sociology BA with LJSC subplan & Women's Studies BA
Campus Organizations: Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Incorporated, Project Teach
What inspired you to major in Sociology?
I have always been fascinated in understanding what people do, in other words, asking the "why?" question. I was trying to figure out this whole college thing and decided to take Intro to Sociology just to see if that would fit me because I did not really know what sociology was other than a major. I ended up loving it and realizing how sociology is what I been doing my whole life: studying people. I found myself at home with Sociology. I wished to learn more and gain better critical thinking skills so I declared it my major.
Have you participated in an internship or research experience?
Yes, I was a part of Sociology Opportunities for Undergraduate Leadership (SOUL). We did research on the first generation college student experience which led to my current project where I am working towards creating a resource for all first gens to use to navigate the many demands of the University of Michigan.
What do you hope to do after graduating from Michigan?
Throughout my years as an undergrad, my career has changed a lot. I am still figuring things out, but as of now, the plan is grad school, either for Sociology or Public Health.
What classes have you most enjoyed? Why?
The classes I have enjoyed the most were Urban Inequality taught by Professor Alex Murphy and Sociology of Medicine taught by Matthew Sullivan. Both were really great classes where I learned so much and both instructors were passionate about what they were teaching. I learned more than I expected, and although the classes were tough at times due to the material we were learning, I gained new perspectives on how our society works. Alex and Matthew both made me comfortable enough to reach out to them and help me understand or relate the material to personal experience. I really would recommend the classes. They helped me gain new career aspirations.
What advice would you give to students considering a major in Sociology at UM?
Sociology is the way to go. It teaches you so much about different aspects of the real world, but you also learn about yourself and how everything works.
Where is the best place in Ann Arbor to get late-night study food?
Hunter House Hamburgers