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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Sociology and Anthropology Student Ambassadors

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Katie Howell

Katie Howell

Katie has bolstered her love of public service by majoring in sociology and also pursing her minor in the Society and Health program. She has studied abroad and found many mentors within her department who have encouraged and guided her.

 

Why did you decide to major in sociology at UM?
I decided to study Sociology as a major and Society and Health as a minor because I am devoted to learning about community health and development. I thought these two fields worked together well to focus on public health and community research. I think majoring in sociology is a great choice for those interested in social relations and social systems, which is emphasized in many classes! This major has helped form a grasp on my goals and intentions within community work and public health.

Have you found a mentor among your professors?
I have enjoyed my experience with each sociology professor I have taken classes with, as their diverse fields of research offer great perspectives on sociological theories and perspectives!

Is there an especially memorable experience from your time at UM so far?
I had the opportunity to opportunity to study abroad this past January. I received the Gilman Scholarship which allowed me to take a sociology class about the Holocaust in Berlin, Germany. The class visited Sachsenhausen concentration camp, which opened in 1936 and is the site of a memorial to the prisoners of Nazis who died there. About 200,000 were held in the camp and an estimated 100,000 died there, having been either executed or killed during brutal, torturous “medical experiments.”  It’s one thing to see something in pictures or in books,  but being able to see it, to witness the critical sites inside the concentration camp, just really brings everything to the surface. It was very sobering. We were able to see it all firsthand. I can’t even describe it.

I went to five countries. Once you are over there, everything is cheap and close together. I got a flight to Copenhagen for $20. I was able to go to Copenhagen, but also Budapest, Prague and Paris, in addition to being in Germany. I’m so happy I was able to do that. I learned so much in the class I took, but there were also valuable life lessons.

What is your career goal?
I want to work within the non-profit or public-service sector in administration.

What are you binge watching?
I am currently re-watching old seasons of Survivor from the early 2000s!

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
My go to meal in Oxford is definitely the green curry from Rice and Spice, with tofu!

Sara Grevy

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Sara is a premed student who is broadening her world and appreciation of cultural diversity as an anthropology major while picking up her minor in chemistry.

 

Why did you decide to study anthropology?
I have always had an interest in studying people and their histories, and anthropology allowed me to study that while challenging me to continue to think critically. I knew I wanted to branch out and major in something that I would be passionate about and I found that in anthropology.

Why study anthropology at UM?
Anthropology allows you to study people in a variety of aspects while challenging you to think critically and push you to want to learn more. You learn about many different histories, cultures and relationships between people. The department at UM is really comprehensive.  There are professors who specialize in cultural anthropology and ones who are experts in physical anthropology, so it’s a great balance.

Any particular support or encouragement you have received from a professor?
Every class that I have taken so far within the department has taught me more than I could have ever thought. Every professor is so passionate about their teaching and it translates into the classroom. Having professors that care about their work and students is extremely admirable and makes me want to keep learning not just while I’m in college, but for the rest of my life.

Have you had any learning opportunities outside the classroom at UM?
I am a student worker at Mississippi Law Research Center, which is based in the School of Law. We provide legal research for the Legislature, municipalities, universities, and state agencies. The research must be non-political, so there’s no bias—and I take orders for places that need research done and organize the files.

What are your career goals?
I plan on going to medical school after graduation.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
El Agave or Hawaii Poke and Grill.

What are you binge watching?
New Girl and Anne with an E.