Ahna – Majoring in Sociology at Iowa State University

Ahna – Majoring in Sociology at Iowa State University


I chose sociology because I had always
been interested in politics and systems of oppression and things like that. And
when I came to college I had a lot of anger about inequality, social inequality
economic inequality, and sociology kind of gave me those reasons to why there is
social inequality and why there is economic inequality and it gave me the
tools to work to change that. There’s different areas of sociology, there’s no
specific concentrations, but in sociology a lot of people do choose minors so some
people are interested in environmental aspects of oppression, so they’ll choose
a minor in environmental science or environmental studies and then take
sociology classes that correlate with that. So, for example, environmental
sociology or rural sociology. I was expecting it to be a lot of theory and a
lot of reading and not a lot of science and it is a lot of theory and it is a
lot of reading but I do realize I think I learned along the way that sociology is a
science, so there is a method to it and there are ways to apply science to
it. So I’m able to use that when I talk with other scientists even if they’re
outside of my field. So I can talk to biologists and I can talk to
psychologists and psychiatrists and things like that and talk about
sociology as a science. Currently I do graduate in May so I’m
really looking forward to that. I do hope to in the long run go into academia. I
hope to get my PhD in rural sociology and sustainable agriculture. So
essentially I’d like to do research on community development at the local level
in rural communities and how we can engage sustainable agricultural systems
to develop communities further. Introduction to sociology, that was my
favorite class I’ve ever taken actually. I came in as an open option student
within a week or so I declared sociology I fell in love with the class. That class
is really just a general overview of oppression of systems in our society I
mean we talk about religion we talk about politics we talk about economics
it’s really just a grab bag of anything you can think of. Right now in particular
I’m in sociology 380 which is the sociology of work. So this is talking
about the work environment and how the work environment impacts society as a
whole and institutions of work and how that impacts oppression. So in particular
we talk about the effects of unions on oppression and the work environment and
things like that and it’s really interesting. I’ve been a research
assistant to several professors. It started out as a volunteer position. My
first research assistantship was with Alysha Cast and that was just basic
entering data into a computer system and her study was on the effects of marriage.
I got, um, another volunteer position with Jan and Cornelia Flora and that
started out doing kind of an analysis of data available for certain topics and
then that was really interesting and then they hired me the following
semester and currently I’m working on, I’ve edited their textbook, I’ve worked
on grants and things like that. Right now we’re working with F-F-I which is the
farm initiative and we look at how we can incorporate our different programs
to increase access to locally grown sustainably grown food and
institutions. Professor Anastasia Promoções is someone I really look up
to, she’s an associate professor professor in sociology and women in
gender studies. I’ve never even actually had her as a professor in class she’s
one that I’ve just grown really close to over the past couple of years. She’s
someone that I can go and talk to about social change and about social action,
um, she’s someone who her office is literally always open as long as she’s
in there I can go in there and talk. She’s got a big comfy couch in her
office. On top of that she’s really mentored me on my options when I
graduate. My advisor is Mark Hagwon. He does play an integral role in helping me
pick up my classes. I don’t know where I’d be without him. I go in there at
least a couple times a semester. My first year it was every other week about you
know stressing out about classes, things like that, But he’s really always in
there I’m always ready to help always ready to help schedule things and he’s
definitely helped me graduate on time. If you’re curious about sociology I would
really recommend, even if it’s not declared as your major yet, get involved
in research because you’ll get to see on the ground work and what sociology is
really about. And what sociologists are doing. It’s really fascinating work so as soon
as you get involved with that and professors are happy happy to get you
involved you’ll get to see what it is that sociologists do. I would definitely
be taking you know social studies classes history classes because it
brings in a lot of sociology brings in history of the United States history of
the world and how that kind of relates now to a larger level.

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