Additional education: Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Stony Brook University (2015-2018)
Current job: Pediatric Physical Therapist
Why did you decide to major in Sociology? I have always had an interest in “what motivates people to engage, and act as they do.” I think it’s all rooted in what was my “slight” obsession with Law & Order SVU. After transferring to Wagner, I did a little research and found out that there was an actual major, filled with classes that I genuinely enjoyed.
How has your Sociology degree (what you learned in your classes, readings, assignments, etc.) helped you in your job (and personal life)? A lot of my academic preparation explored the foundational elements of society dating back to philosophers like Karl Marx, or at least that’s a chunk of what I remember. Although, my sociology degree is not directly related to the career path that I have chosen, it has helped me by emphasizing “the whole rather than the part.” Essentially, societies developed as they did as a result of the religious influence that was present, location/proximity to bodies of water, which influenced items to be traded/bartered etc. People develop in a similar fashion, as a result of a conglomerate. When treating a patient, it is important to keep in mind that you are treating more than the diagnosis presented on the prescription. You’re treating unique individuals, all of who respond to cues, body language, their environment, and verbal direction differently due to the conglomerate that helped to shape them.
What is your fondest memory of a Sociology class? Judge Brennan’s class, criminal justice system, was pretty awesome. Specifically because one of the course requirements was to watch some sort of criminal proceeding. Again, it all goes back to Law & Order. A friend and I attended a series of arraignments at a courthouse in Brooklyn. It was a nice learning experience that was built into the syllabus.
Do you have any tips for current Wagner (Sociology) students? Don’t just “attend” your classes, but really try and be present by engaging and participating. You’re learning from really knowledgeable faculty members, and if Sociology is something that you enjoy, the process may be a little fun along the way.