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Meet Our Peer Advisors for 2019-2020

Our peer advisors are Sociology students who can answer your questions and share their experiences regarding the Sociology major, coterm program, sociology courses and sociological interests.




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Kimiko Hirota



Your favorite class/professor (and why): Since week 1 of frosh fall quarter, I heard numerous upperclass students recommend Professor Rosenfeld's The Urban Underclass, so I took it spring quarter and was not disappointed, despite my high expectations! All of the books we read, from Making the Second Ghetto by Arnold Hirsch to Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates, were thought-provoking and led to some powerful section discussions. The course helped me really understand how inequality has developed, and continues to develop, over time. It also equipped me with the historical knowledge needed to recognize how these inequalities massively affect some more than others. 

Favorite book (and why): Idiot Verse by Keaton Henson is my current favorite. His poetry, much like his music, is honest and intimate, managing to magically turn the cliche into glorious confession. If you're at all sentimental or ever suffered from a heartbreak, this book will make you feel it all over again... in the most nostalgic, romantic way possible. 

Your career goals and future plans: I hope to continue my education beyond my bachelor's degree. I'm passionate about serving the elderly population and working to ensure that all older people are able to live with dignity.



Cassandra Lin 

(On leave Autumn 2019) Email:

Your favorite class/professor (and why): Human Behavioral Biology with Professor Sapolsky. I took this class the spring of my sophomore year because I had heard from upperclassmen that the professor was a legendary lecturer (they were right!). As someone who didn’t have a prior background in biology, I took away so much from this class, from game theory to sociobiology. Would highly recommend for everyone, especially if it’s outside of your major!

Favorite book (and why): The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, which is a beautiful take on a classic Greek myth. It’s written in clean yet striking pose, which is a quality that I deeply admire about her writing. I got to attend one of Miller’s readings when she came to campus last year with the Stanford Storytelling Project, which was an amazing experience (she’s even cooler in person).

Your career goals and future plans: I’m currently working on my master’s degree in Sociology, which I will (hopefully) finish along with my bachelor’s this spring. I am planning to work in the education sector after graduation, whether through teaching, research, or non-profit work.


Natalia Rojas 


Favorite class: My favorite class at Stanford has been SOC 130, Education and Society (taught by Professor Chiqui Ramirez). When you're a part of the K-12 public school system, it's expected of students to not question the education system and to blindly believe that we're all receiving an equal and quality education. I never really agreed with this, which would always get me in trouble and made some of my teachers not like me very much. This class validated that even though I was just a kid, my suspicions were true. Professor Chiqui welcomed questions that challenged what we were learning.

Favorite book: Corazón by Yesika Salgado. One of my closest friends here put me onto her work last year and I fell in love with Yesika, a "fat, fly, and brown" Salvadoran from my beautiful Los Angeles. Her poems are raw, vulnerable, and not the basic "I'm in love, woe is me". A recommend for anyone who loves slam poetry.

Career goal / Future plans: I'm not sure how I'll do it yet, but I'm going to contribute to the ongoing efforts to restructure the U.S. education system so that minority, low-income, and/or other underrepresented students actually have an equal opportunity of getting into "elite" institutions if they want to. I want to support efforts that make sure that these students are not only represented in all institutions, but that they have the knowledge and skills to thrive within them.