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Student: Robyn Nesbitt
Hometown: Kent County, MD
Major(s) and minor(s): Sociology Major with a Minor in Women’s Studies
Favorite component of Sociology: Women’s issues and deviance
Hobbies: Reading, watching TV ,and cooking
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"People aren't either wicked or noble," the hook-handed man said. "They're like chef's salad, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in vinaigrette of confusion and conflict."
- Lemony Snicket
What Sociology is to Robyn:
To me, Sociology is the study of people and how their surroundings and different institutions affect their daily lives. It takes into account the ways history shapes and forms our current society. It helps to explain why things are the way they are.
Personal reasons for majoring in Sociology:
I started out as a psychology major, but I felt that it was too abstract and not very applicable to my everyday life, so I had a hard time connecting to it. I then took Intro to Sociology, Criminology, and Intro to Women’s Studies as a freshman. Those courses influenced my decision in changing my major to Sociology.
Skills gained from the study of Sociology:
I feel that the study of sociology can give a person more compassion, better communication skills, debating skills, listening skills, and the chance to gain a more open mind. I feel that I have personally become more compassionate and understanding. Also, I am now more opinionated and outspoken as a result of majoring in Sociology.
Most memorable things Robyn has learned:
The greatest thing I have learned is that not everything can be defined in black and white. There are areas of grey, and there are many reasons why people do the things they do. You cannot judge someone without knowing their personal struggles and experiences.
Robyn’s Favorite Part about studying Sociology:
I really enjoy the way that sociology has opened my eyes and made me more aware of the small things, things I never paid attention to before. I feel like I have a deeper understanding of why people do the things they do, and how everything around us influences our actions and beliefs.
The class that got me most interested in sociology was Intro to Women’s Studies. It’s taught by Dr. Hartman. It basically goes through the history of women, from the beginning of recorded history to the present. It discusses the issues women face, the obstacles they have overcome, and how different institutions play into how they live their life and make decisions. I had never taken a class that focused primarily on women, and I recommend it to anyone, male or female.
Advice for those interested in taking the major:
Try it out, take a few classes. Make sure you keep an open mind and are willing to listen to other opinions. You may change your stance on social issues several times before you solidify your views. If you have not come into contact with people different from yourself, you will do so in a sociology class. Sociology also encompasses many different fields, such as religion, government, history, philosophy, and even biology. There are so many different fields within sociology that you can explore. Just take a basic level 100 class and see if you like it. I guarantee it will be interesting and if you participate in discussions, you will realize what your strong opinions are, and you can choose your path from there.