I came to St. Lawrence University from Montreal, Quebec, having first matriculated from Millbrook School, in Millbrook, New York. When adults used to ask me as a child the ever so popular question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I used to answer: “I don’t know,...but I want to help people”. For the longest time, I thought this was a naïve conception of my future and that I could never do this for a career. Not having a title for my desired profession for the longest time, discovering non-profit organizations was almost a relief. Ever since discovering non-profits, I have geared my academic discipline to complement my career objective in sociology here at St. Lawrence. The sociology department has allowed me to explore facets of inequalities in society associated to race, class and gender.
My abroad experiences have shaped my experience in sociology here at SLU. Working in admissions, I tell perspective students interested in pursuing sociology here at St. Lawrence: “Imagine studying sociology in Australia or Kenya for a semester?” I decided to spend a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, taking sociology classes that brought me to places such as Prague for a long study tour, and Germany to visit concentration camps for a short study tour. Studying sociology abroad through St. Lawrence was such an incredible experience that I have decided to spend the coming fall semester in Thailand and Cambodia, which I anticipate to be an equally life changing opportunity.
Going back to my dream career as a child to “help people”, an internship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in New York City this summer will be the opportunity of a lifetime that I am excited to undertake. I am fairly certain that such an internship will provide me with future opportunities in the non-profit sector with my background in sociology.