Michelle Goldring (BA 2010, MA 2011)
Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
First job after graduating: Technical Support Analyst, IXL Learning
I loved studying sociology at Stanford because the concepts were applicable to anything I was interested in. From family dynamics to work culture to political history, sociology helped me understand how systems worked and influenced the world around them. I particularly enjoyed Professor Rosenfeld’s class on The Changing American Family, and the process of writing my senior thesis; it was exciting to get to apply all of the theory I’d learned to a subject that mattered to me. Since graduating from Stanford, I worked at a small company in the Bay Area before going to law school and am now an associate at a large law firm. Sociology still helps me understand how my organization works and how my clients work. It gives me a lens to think about their concerns, and the ways my role and organization may be shaped to accommodate new developments and needs.