Sophie Husslein and Lauren Hamme, Sociology Student Ambassadors
A future lawyer, Sophie is double major in anthropology and German. She’s a leader within her department and on campus—and she plays on a UM ultimate frisbee team.
Why did you decide to major in anthropology?
I decided to major in anthropology because of my grandfather. He passed away about 5 years ago, but in 6th grade I had to do a school project in which I interviewed a few members of my family. In that interview I asked my grandfather, “If you could change anything in your life, what would it be?” and his reply was, “I would be an anthropologist”. I obviously forgot about it over the years, but I found the transcript of this interview as I was doing applications for college. When I saw that, something clicked — I already knew a lot about anthropology and was considering majoring in the subject, but this pushed me over the edge. I majored in anthropology to remember him.
What attracted you to the University of Mississippi?
I knew I wanted to go to UM immediately when I set foot on campus during my tour. It was not the beautiful architecture and landscaping that had me enthralled (though it did have an impact); it was the strong sense of community on this campus. Despite the number of students, it felt as though everybody knew and cared about each other. UM has such a strong community and identity that it was hard to ignore, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
Have you had a particularly memorable experience with a professor or mentor?
I do not have one specific memorable moment, but I do have two memorable professors that I look up to within the department. Dr. Mendoza and Dr. Meyers are two people that I view as intellectual role models. It is an amazing experience to take a class taught by a professor that really loves what they teach. When they speak, it is obvious how much pride they take in their work, and the care they take in researching their chosen subject areas — it is incredibly admirable. I can only aspire to one day have a topic that I can be as passionate about and that I can talk about in the same way they do.
What are your career plans?
I would like to go to law school following graduation and practice family law.
Activities outside the classroom?
I am in the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, I’m an active member of the Anthropology Club and Anthropology Honor Society, I play for the Ole Miss Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, and I’m a volunteer at the campus food bank.
What’s your go-to restaurant in Oxford?
What are you binge watching?
American Horror Story
When she’s not excelling in her sociology classes, Lauren busy tutoring at the University Writing Center. She also won a showcase award for her writing. She traveled to Spain last summer as part of study abroad program to improve her Spanish.
Why did you decide to major in sociology?
I think that it’s really important that we understand how we create society through our relationships and meaning through our interactions.
Have you had a lightbulb moment in a class?
When I was freshman, one of my teachers said that if you haven’t left college with a changed mindset, then the professors haven’t done their job. Then, I realized that I would experience a lot of growth and outgrow a lot of the beliefs that I had when I was in high schools.
What’s an experience that made you feel empowered as a student?
In a sociology we had to do take home essays and my professor would provide examples of how she wanted the work to be done, and she some of my work. That was empowering because I had worked really hard to fulfill the objectives of the assignment and think sociologically about certain issues.
Have professors at UM mentored you?
One of my instructors has provided me with a lot of professional and learning experiences. He gave me advice about how to successfully conduct research and how to use my academic experience in a professional setting.
What are your postgraduation plans?
I’m going to take a year off after college and then I’m going to pursue a master’s degree in business administration.
What’s your favorite meal in Oxford?
I love Agave and the taco salad.
What are you binge watching?
The Office and Friends