Student Spotlights

Jacqueline Adams

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Hometown: I grew up in Las Vegas, NV, but now I live in downtown Chicago, IL

Majors: Marketing/ Sociology

Why Soc as a major?

Sociology is an extremely relevant and fascinating topic of study since it is a science focusing on the occurrence and effects of individual behavior within a society. I find Sociology to be relatable as well as exploratory through the dissection of the effects of a society on the individual. I think that Sociology is a great complement to any field of study, but especially for business— through our study of behaviors, social status, and social facts. I chose Sociology as a major because I really love the field of study.   

Favorite or Most Interesting Course in Soc:

The Sociology class that I am currently enrolled in is Health, Medicine, and Society (SOC 20410). This course has pushed me to think and dissect material in ways that I never have previously, while learning about a topic that is applicable to every individual living in our society. We have talked extensively about the relationship between a physician and a patient, the social roles of a physician and patient individually, and the effects of socioeconomic status on the health of an individual. The course forces contemplation over extremely interesting and controversial topics that are all related to our own health. 

Extra-curricular Activities at ND:

I am working in a for-profit social enterprise called Blue Bucket that gives restaurants a platform to manage and market their charitable efforts. I am also a mentor to a second grader through College Mentors for Kids and act as the Big Sis/Little Sis Commissioner in Cavanaugh Hall Council. 

Future Plans/Career Goals: In order to combine my academic interests in business and Sociology with makeup artistry, my goal is to work on the corporate side of the beauty or fashion industries, most likely in brand management.

 

Matthew Roderick Coscia

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Hometown: Zionsville, IN

Majors: Sociology/ Pre-Health

Why Soc as a major?

I chose Sociology as a major for two main reasons; the first being that I am interested in why people interact as they do, on both small and large scales.  Secondly, I believe that possessing a deeper level of understanding of individual backgrounds, and why people act in certain ways, will better prepare me for my intended future career as a doctor.  

Favorite or Most Interesting Course in Soc:

My favorite course so far in Sociology is Foundations of International Research Design (SOC 23951). I found this course very engrossing because it allowed me to build a solid foundation in research, as well as develop a project that allowed me to successfully acquire two grants and an ISLA research badge.

Extra-curricular Activities at ND:

I work as a teacher’s assistant in an organic chemistry lab on campus. I play on the Siegfried football team (interhall football), and worked as the summer storage commissioner. Additionally, I volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

Future Plans/Career Goals: I plan on attending medical school.

 

King Fok

Hometown: I was born in Hong Kong, but I grew up in Portland, OR

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Majors: Sociology/ Pre-Health

Why Soc as a major?

I chose to major in Sociology because it is a discipline that adds a certain degree of humanity to my studies. It is very people-centered, and it is one of the reasons why I really enjoy it. Being a pre-medical student, it’s sometimes hard to remember why you're studying to become a doctor and easy to feel disconnected in the midst of hard science classes. 

Favorite or Most Interesting Course in Soc:

One of my favorite Sociology classes is Introduction to Social Psychology (SOC 10722) with Professor Mark Gunty. I love learning more about social interaction, and what factors come into play when analyzing different social relationships. 

Extra-curricular Activities at ND:

I'm Vice President for the Evans Scholars Chapter at Notre Dame, which is a scholarship provided by the Western Golf Association, and a reason why I am able to be at Notre Dame today. I'm also very interested in, and minor in, international development. I serve on the abstracts and communications committee for the Human Development Conference, Kellogg Institute Student Programs Advisory Board, and the International Scholars Program. 

I am currently researching the effects of mRNA on cancer development at the Harper Cancer Institute with Professor Richard Dahl, and I am engaged in sociological research concerning prosthetics and amputees in the developing world with Professor Terence McDonnell. Some other activities include Club Coordination Council, First Aid Services Team, Multicultural Commissioner of the Upward Bound Program, and the High School Ambassador Program. 

Future Plans/Career Goals:

Upon graduation, I want to serve a year or two abroad in the Peace Corps or in another service program before going to medical school. I plan on enrolling in a Master’s in Public Health and Medical Degree program at medical school in order to become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

As a surgeon, I want to work abroad to help restructure healthcare systems around the world to make them more accessible for people. I'm confident that my background in Sociology will not only prove to be valuable in chasing my dreams, but a vital component in achieving them. 

 

Betelhem Hailu

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Hometown: Apple Valley, MN

Majors: Marketing/ Sociology

Why Soc as a major? 

I decided to do a double major in Sociology because I felt that as a Marketing major alone, I was not getting the full experience I wanted out of my academic experience. I have always been interested in understanding how various cultures are able to function in society, how their differences could potentially influence a collective culture, and the potential negative consequences of their interactions. Sociology gives me an opportunity to explore these interests, while giving me a new perspective and advantage in marketing as well.

Favorite or Most Interesting Course in Soc:

Foundations of Sociological Theory (SOC 30900) with Dr. Mim Thomas, because of Dr. Thomas! I also really enjoy learning about the theories that are essentially the core of Sociology and seeing how they’re relevant in a new form today.

Extra-curricular Activities at ND:

I have a marketing internship at the Morris Inn on campus. I am also Vice President of the Marketing Club, and an active member in African Student Association.

Future Plans/Career Goals:

After graduation, I hope to get some marketing experience for a few years, hopefully in advertising or PR. After a few years, I would like to go back to school to receive my MBA.

 

Gracie Reyes

Hometown: Kenilworth, IL

Gracie Reyes

Majors: Sociology/ Art History

Why Soc as a major?

I took a Sociology class my senior year in high school and fell in love with it. I find learning about people, history, and societies extremely intriguing and beneficial.

Favorite or Most Interesting Course in Soc:

I took Understanding Societies (SOC 10002) over the summer and really enjoyed it. It was enlightening learning about different aspects of a society and being able to apply it to my own life.

Extra-curricular Activities at ND:

I take private voice lessons and also do Baraka Bouts, the female boxing club.  

Future Plans/Career Goals:

One of the main endeavors I would like to take on is museum work. Museums teach us about our history and about the world around us, and it would be a great environment to merge my two majors, Sociology and Art History. My goal is to become the curator of a museum so that I can provide an excellent environment in which others can learn from history and apply it to the present.