UCLA SOCIOLOGY MAJOR OF THE MONTH
Hometown: San Diego, California
Extracurriculars: UCLA Office of Residential Life-Resident Assistant, Pilipinos for Community Health-Preventive Health Director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Scholar, University of Michigan- Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) Intern, Students for Community Outreach, Promotion, and Education (SCOPE) Fitness Instructor
What drives your interest in sociology?
My interest in sociology occurred when I started my undergraduate career. I went through a major personal challenge which altered my college experience significantly.
As a first generation college student, I did not understand how the intersectionalities of race, class and gender affected me personally until I took my first sociology class. Structures implemented create unequal opportunities for many people. As a Filipina-American woman coming from an underprivileged neighborhood, I understood my role in society and how existing societal structures affected my experiences which helped construct my identity. The sociology major helped me realize that I had a voice to speak out against oppression, and it has given me the opportunity to empower my community and myself through acts of service. As a graduating senior, the sociology major has sparked my passions for social justice.
What are your future career plans?
After graduation, I plan to take a gap year or two to work first before applying to grad school. In the future, I would like to pursue a career in the public health field concentrating on maternal and child health. I am really interested in pursuing maternal and child health because I can relate my family and community experiences through promoting public health policies and educating mothers and younger children about their health. Becoming a future public health leader will allow me to work with various professionals, peers, and communities while learning more about the issues surrounding public health. I want to advocate for more public health policies, and I hope to emphasize other aspects of health such as mental and physical health.
As a graduating senior and student leader, I hope to continue to serve my community to provide more opportunities for families to make informed choices about their health and wellness. I want to see better health care options for underprivileged communities, and through pursuing a career in public health, I will be able to serve every man, woman, and child through educating them about the different resources available to them. Ultimately, I want to contribute to creating equal opportunities regarding the public’s overall health to prevent serious diseases from killing populations of people worldwide, and I want to work together with communities to implement change.
Which Sociology classes have you enjoyed the most?
Introductory Sociology, Development of Sociological Theory, Medical Sociology, Comparative Immigration, Acculturation and Assimilation, Collective Behavior, Sociology of Gender, and Stress and Society.
Previous Majors of the Month:
January 2017: Nancy Nguyen