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.
Favorite Class / Professor (and why): During my freshman spring, I took a class titled Immigration and the Changing US. As a product of immigration, I was fascinated to learn more about Mexican immigration to the United States. Additionally, I was able to learn more about how different immigrant groups affect others aspects of life like education. Professor Jimenez would always say something along the lines of, "if this class leaves you with more questions than answers, then that means I am doing my job." That was definitely the case when learning more about how immigration affects identity, which I was able to see in my own life as a Mexican-American, second generation immigrant. This class allowed me to question policies that are in place to protect the rights of immigrants, and service programs that aid immigrants (especially those undocumented) in integrating themselves into American society. I hope to be involved in this class in the future!
Favorite book (and why): My favorite book is definitely The Good War by Studs Terkel which focuses on personal narratives of individuals during and after WWII. I have so much love for this book because it was my first introduction into oral history. Terkel was able to take himself out of his own book and let people who might otherwise be silenced share their point of view when it came to women rights, zoot-suit riots, homosexuality, and other interesting topics.
Career goal / Future plans: In the future, I hope to become an immigration lawyer, or a Sociology professor, or perhaps a judge. I'm very indecisive as to what I want to be, however, I hope that anything I do will allow me to advocate for Latino and immigrant rights.
(On Leave Spring quarter 17/18)
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.
Favorite Class: I recently took a class, by Professor Cristobal Young, called Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy (offered in spring quarter). From readings about the complex tax system to discussions surrounding the role of welfare programs and the consequences of mass incarceration, this course showcased the many ways in which poverty is defined, measured, represented, and to a great extent—reinforced by design. As a Native Pacific Islander who lived in communities with intersectional identities, including my home, the Northern Mariana Islands, poverty wasn’t new to me. I often found myself in better living conditions compared to my peers and classmates, even though we all identified as low-income. For this reason and with the help of Dr. Young’s class, I delved into research about how poverty affects the public education system and how it impacts both immigrant and indigenous populations back home. I plan to use the information I learned to make meaningful impact in Micronesia.
Favorite Book: Because I have been exploring my identity these past few years, The Rope of Tradition by Lino Olepai reminds me to stay grounded through my Pacific Island roots.
Career Goals and Future Plans: I want to eventually return to my islands and open up an equitable school for the indigenous population. In the meantime, I am looking ahead to more years of school and learning.