Sociology Department of Social Sciences
…The person I am today is much different than the person I was when I first entered college some 8 years ago as a computer information systems major. I guess you could say I was a typical 18 year old whose main concerns were hanging with friends, partying, and girls. I would say that on a scale of 1 to 10, my social and political awareness at the time was about a 3. I eventually dropped out of college and upon returning to school a few years later I took an introductory sociology course. This was the course that opened my eyes to the field of Sociology…..
…Taking sociology classes caused me to ask so many questions that I never before thought to ask. It made me wonder why there was such a big gap in wealth disparity. I knew that this gap existed but I never thought about the reasons why it existed. I began to wonder how there could be so many nations across the world that could be in such financial ruins that many of the people living there are near destitute while at the same time our nation was one of the most technologically and financially advanced in the world yet we were unable or unwilling to help others…..
…What hit closest to home for me was the topic of income disparity, especially as it pertains to different races. I began to realize that income had a lot to do with education and resources that are received throughout a person’s life which in turn led me to think about why blacks are more likely to have an inadequate education as compared to whites. Obviously I knew that there was still discrimination in America, but I never thought about how institutionalized racism affected and permeated throughout society…..
…Being in the sociology major I realized that the classes I was taking were changing my values. With this new found knowledge that I was learning and receiving, I began to read a lot more on the subjects that I found most interesting. I also felt that it wasn’t enough just to be aware of the problems in society, but I felt I had to do my part to help change these problems. I knew that I wanted to be a contributor in some way to a better society. In order for this to happen, I felt as though declaring my major as Sociology was a necessary first step. I feel as though I am much more socially and politically conscious now and I realize that I can play a part in making a change…..
…Throughout my time as a Sociology major I’ve learned that I can have an impact on my community and the first step is to become knowledgeable about the things we wish to change. Without knowing about society, we can’t change it, and I’m thankful for the Sociology classes I’ve taken that have given me that knowledge…..
…Because of the Sociology major, I am determined to do my part in trying to figure out ways to fix the problems which are so rampant across the African-American community. The studies I have encountered in Sociology have been very conducive to my desire for social change. Sociology has helped to motivate me to not only do what I can, but to also do my best to influence others. The mere fact that I decided to continue my education when I had all but given up tells me that I have more ambition than I initially thought. I am now dedicated to continue to define myself through my future actions and by setting an example of perseverance through adversity for others to follow…..
…Sociology has contributed to my growth and development as a person by influencing me to be a leader through my actions. I now realize the importance of being a positive role model to others and modeling the behavior you wish for others to emulate. Everybody can’t be a Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but everybody can be a leader and an agent for social change if they make that decision. I’m aware of the contributions each one of us makes to society and I’m committed to try and do my part in changing the things I wish to see change. This has become apparent through my participation in the African American Male Initiative program (AAMI) where I tutor and mentor at-risk high school juniors. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for my decision to pursue Sociology as a major, I would have never been a part of this program. Working in AAMI is just the first step in my journey of becoming a social change agent…..