Meet Our Students
Meet Some of Our Sociology Majors!
Danielle Ambrogio (‘14) is a sociology and psychology major who hopes to pursue a career in industrial/organizational psychology. She realized her love for sociology while taking a sociology course freshman year with Dr. Wahl who encouraged her to explore more classes in the department. Without a doubt, her favorite aspect of the sociology program at Wake is the highly supportive and down-to-earth faculty. She loves walking into Carswell and always seeing a professor she knows and can talk to. Some of the highlights of her time at Wake Forest include volunteering with Campus Kitchen, the on-campus food recycling program that serves Winston-Salem, and studying abroad in Casa Artom, Wake’s house in Venice, Italy.
Dorronda Bordley (’14) is a sociology major with minors in Chinese and linguistics. While at Wake, Dorronda has studied abroad in Shanghai, China where she not only studied the language and culture but interned with a Chinese company and taught English to migrant children. At Wake, Dorronda has volunteered with the Advancement through Pardons and Expungements, helping ex-offenders access employment and education opportunities. After graduation she hopes to become a defense attorney or work in international affairs.
Le’Ron Byrd (’14) is a double major in sociology and philosophy. When he arrived at Wake, he was looking for a major that explained human society in an objective non-biased way. Once he got his first taste of sociology, he did not want to let it go. He is passionate about sociology because it is applicable to so many social issues. Le’Ron also has a great appreciation for the professors in the sociology department. He currently serves as a Guardian ad Litem with Forsyth County and is a Fellow with the Institute for Public Engagement. After college, he plans to pursue his career goal of helping children by attending law school and practicing family law.
A double major in sociology and Spanish, Shannon Ciprut (‘14) first became interested in the sociology after taking Dr. Harnois’ “Social Problems” course. She enjoys studying how we relate to one another, as it has such a huge impact on our lives as individuals and as a society. She has greatly appreciated the professors within the sociology program at Wake because they are extremely supportive and invested in helping students develop their ideas and interests. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in social work or social research. On campus, she is a member of Kappa Beta Gamma sorority, serves on the steering committee for DESK, and studied abroad in Madrid.
Aaron Colston (’14) is a double major in sociology and English. He knew sociology was for him when he realized he had been studying it his whole life. He appreciates that the major gives him the tools, vocabulary, and lens to understand the social world and that you can study any topic from a sociological perspective. When he declared his major, he felt like he had found a real home at Wake. Aaron is the Online Managing Editor of the Old Gold & Black and Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America. He studied abroad in London. After graduation, he hopes to work with Teach for America before getting his MBA in Marketing.
Sociology major Quintin Hege (’15) just wants to be a superhero. He hopes that the recent popularity of superhero films will establish the legitimacy of the field, but critics are tough. If he can never be a spandex wearing vanquisher of injustice, then he hopes one day to be a teacher, which is honestly the same thing just with less spandex and more women in the business. Before graduating, he hopes to positively change campus culture at Wake Forest.
Erin Hellmann (’14) is a sociology major with minors in women and gender studies and political science. She became interested in sociology at when she took a class for divisional credit and her professor encouraged her to take additional classes in the department. She has found the faculty very supportive and has enjoyed taking classes that encompass a variety of subjects that are applicable to the real world. She has conducted research with Dr Yamane. She received a Richter Scholarship to conduct independent sociological research in South Korea. She volunteers with El Buen Pastor and Campus Kitchen and studied abroad in London.
Megan Jarrell (‘14) is a sociology major with minors in statistics and health policy and administration. She became interested in sociology after taking an intro course with Dr. Simon. She was instantly hooked on sociology because of its focus on understanding and solving real world social issues. The summer before her senior year Megan plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Her campus activities include Alpha Delta Pi, Concert Choir, and Golden Key Honors Society. She hopes to pursue an MA degree in public health and to pursue a healthcare career in a nonprofit or governmental agency.
A double major in sociology and communications, Chloe Potash (’14) first became interested in sociology after taking Principles of Sociology freshman year, and was drawn to the idea of learning about how societies and people interact. She plans on attending law school after college and eventually hopes to work in child and family law. Last May she spent two weeks volunteering and living in an orphanage in Moscow, Russia as part of a Volunteer Service Corps trip with other students from Wake Forest University.
Lila Sefat (’14) is a sociology major with a business and society concentration and entrepreneurship minor. Since taking Dr Wahl’s immigration class, she has been a tutor at El Buen Pastor, helping Old Town Elementary School students with their homework. She hopes to have a career in the beauty industry or in women’s health.
Marshall Shaffer (‘15) is a double major in sociology and communication with a minor in film studies. He first got interested in sociology by taking a Social Issues in Literature class in high school, which inspired him to register for Dr. Brown’s Principles of Sociology class. Since then, he has been fascinated by the discipline and greatly appreciates how the department has encouraged his curiosity in all things sociological. He hopes to find a career that combines all three of his areas of study at Wake Forest.
Gurdeep Singh (’14) is a double major in sociology and classics. His interest in sociology was first sparked when he took Sociology of Families with Professor Harnois, and he instantly fell in love with the major. Gurdeep appreciates that sociology courses at Wake Forest facilitate student-professor interactions on account of the small class sizes. After graduation he plans to pursue a join MPP/JD and ultimately to work in the government. Gurdeep is involved in the Wake Forest Public Policy Fellowship which provides students a great outlet to both work with local policy-based groups and discuss these issues with each other from a broad perspective.