Sociology Student Profile: Sam Lee

Sociology Student Profile: Sam Lee


My name is Sam Lee and I’m from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Initially I was interested in sociology in high school when someone told me about it. I took a university seminar in sociology and I really liked it. It fit my personality. Sociology shapes your lens and perspective and how you see people in a larger context and the social forces that shape people. It’s
applicable to a lot of things. You’re studying a group of people, not an
individual, and so you can use useful generalizations to predict outcomes in
the social world. Personally, I saw a lot of benefit from looking into the
world with that kind of sociological perspective. It’s fun to make analyses.
You see evidence all around you all the time and then you get to put those
things together into theories and make sense of these things that happen in our
society which is already really complex. It’s just kind of like a big puzzle
that’s happening around you all the time. Sociology is definitely challenging! There are just so many dimensions, so many places to explore. You need to see people in a
complex way, but at the same time, in a unifying way because people are both
really individualistic but also very social beings. You’ll develop your
scientific skills because it is a social science yet, you also develop critical
reading and writing skills that I think are really, really valuable. It is a more
sticky knowledge. It sticks with you longer. You don’t really forget it, you know. I
found one of the most valuable gifts that this university has is providing a
Catholic perspective. I think that’s most evident in sociology classes that
revolve around equality and social justice and that kind of spirit really
solidified my interest in social work and helping people in need. I think
that’s essentially what i want to do after i leave is work with people that
are underserved. I would really like to go to medical school and go into family
practice. I just know that I need to work with a diverse group of people as much
as I can. Everybody should take sociology to like shape your lens, shape how you
view the world so that you can really see how people work in a larger context.

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