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Department of Sociology and Anthropology

University of Mississippi

Sophie Husslein, Marley Cruise, and Lauren Hamme, Student Ambassadors

Sophie Husslein

Sophie Husslein, Student Ambassador for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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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.


Student Profile

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?
Taco Shop

What are you binge watching?
American Horror Story

Marley Cruise

Marley Cruise, Student Ambassador for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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As president of the UM Anthropology Club, Marley is a campus leader in promoting love for both classwork and fieldwork in archaeology. She is a Lucky Day Scholar who is enthusiastic about unearthing new ideas and ancient structures.


Student Profile

Why did you decide to study anthropology?
I’ve always been fascinated with people and ideas outside of what I’ve experienced; this coupled with a love of history and the outdoors lead me to anthropology and by extension archeology which is the field I hope to work in.

How would you describe the anthropology program at UM?
Small but mighty. Some of the hardest and most intense courses that I have ever taken have been through the anthropology program here at Ole Miss. I have yet to step into a classroom where I haven’t felt like my professor expects me to put my everything into their course. I’ve also had some of the best conversations, met the most interesting people, explored a cave, dug over 100 shovel tests, and discovered myself as a person through the archeology program.

Career interests after graduation?
I’d like to work in cultural resources management directly after graduation in order to travel the country and make some decisions about what area and specialty I’d like to work in before returning to school for a master’s degree.

What are some activities you have participated in that were off campus/beyond the classroom?
I would like to go to law school following graduation and practice family law.

Activities outside the classroom?
This past summer, I attended an archeological field school in Virginia through Study USA. It really cemented the fact that archeology in something that I see myself doing. It was some of the most fun I have had in my life. I had the opportunity to excavate at a 14th century Native American house while gaining valuable knowledge about my field and genuinely having the time of my life.

What’s your go-to restaurant in Oxford?
The Hawaiian Poke and Grill If you go order the vegetable and tofu ramen you won’t be sorry.

What are you binge watching?
Top Chef and The Great British Bake Off

Lauren Hamme

Lauren Hamme, Student Ambassador for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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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.


Student Profile

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