Sociology and Anthropology Student Ambassadors
Cecelia is an anthropology student with a sociology minor and plans to work in human resources. A successful student, she has been on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll. Cecilia has volunteered or interned in her community, including the New Albany Main Street Association/Union County Heritage Museum and the county library.
Why did you choose to attend UM?
In my senior year of high school, I toured many universities, but they didn’t compare to the University of Mississippi. The campus is beautiful, and I love the layout. It is aesthetically pleasing and attracts unique and passionate students and professors—this was obvious from the first moment I stepped on campus. I cannot think of a better place to further my education in anthropology.
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!
When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
I have been set on majoring in anthropology for quite some time. The major has endless career options and is all-around interesting. I chose to minor in sociology in the latter part of my freshman year. I chose this minor because I felt, and my advisor felt, it is a perfect pairing for my major.
What is your career goal?
My career goal is to be a part of a human resources department, which is essential to almost all companies and businesses. The responsibilities that come with this career make me excited to graduate college and enter the workforce.
Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
Dr. Marcos Mendoza has helped me become knowledgeable and passionate about the field of anthropology. His classes were the highlight of my freshman year and I look forward to learning more from him and others like him.
What has been a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community—either on or off campus?
This summer, I had the opportunity to be one of the four interns at my county’s main street association. Being a part of this association meant teaching weekly classes to the community’s children at the local library. These classes involved activities that required direction and assistance. Through these projects, the other interns and I witnessed really bright, young minds. It was an amazing experience that made me feel connected to my community and hopeful for the future.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of school?
My favorite thing to do outside of school is crochet. I started quite young, and it has been a creative outlet for me ever since. It is a relaxing and fulfilling hobby.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to?
King of the Hill. I love how it parodies the South and makes light of the issues we Southerners face.