Meet Our Students
Meet Some of Our Sociology Majors!
Andrea Becker (’16) is a double major in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies with a minor in German language. She found her passion for understanding social inequality during a summer in India where she volunteered at a Tibetan middle school in Leh, Ladakh. Her primary sociological interests lie at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality. At Wake Forest, she has been involved in gender equality advocacy as part of the leadership committee of the WFU Feminist Collective. This summer, she will be conducting an ethnographic investigation of the Jewish migration to Berlin, Germany, delving into the topics of political and religious sociology for the first time. After Wake, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Sociology and develop a career of research and teaching.
Robin Bleiweis (’16) is a double major in Sociology (with a concentration in Business and Society) and Psychology. She credits her advisor and favorite professor, Dr. Robin Simon, for peaking her interest in issues of social inequality and igniting her passion for achieving social justice. The summer before her junior year, Robin studied abroad in London where she interned at the Anna Freud Centre and studied adolescent PTSD, mental health, and well-being. This summer Robin is interning with the National Academy of Public Administration in D.C. and she hopes to one day return to Washington to pursue work in public policy.
Sara Brigagliano (’16) is a double major in Sociology and Political Science. She was convinced to declare her major in Sociology after taking a seminar with Professor Simon. This past summer, Sara interned with the Super PAC “Ready for Hillary,” and hopes to see a woman president very soon. In the long-term, Sara is interested in lobbying for public policy reform to create a more inclusive America. While at Wake, Sara studied abroad during the summer at Casa Artom in Venice, Italy and spent the fall of her Junior year in London, England.
Sebastian Ivory (’17) is a Sociology and Politics and International Affairs double major. He was inspired to become a sociology major after taking Professor Wahl’s Social Problems course, which deepened his sense of empathy and gave him a stronger world-view. His primary interests include political sociology, social inequality, and the ways that sociology impacts public policy. He is a currently the Vice President of the Wake Forest College Democrats and Political Director of the College Democrats of North Carolina, as well as a member of the Anthony Aston Players and a recreational athlete. This summer he is interning on Capitol Hill with Representative Jim Langevin. Long term, Sebastian would like to either become a professor or work to influence public policy, before eventually running for elected office.
Helen Kemeny(’16) is a Sociology major with minors in Music and Health and Human Services. Helen is thankful for the liberal arts experience that Wake has to offer and has enjoyed the academic study of society while also being able to pursue passions in music and counseling. Helen chose to be a sociology major to bring her passion to serve people into the academic setting. She is a resident adviser, a member of Reformed University Fellowship, a member of Delta Delta Delta, and a member of the a cappella group Innuendo. She is also the president of the Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. She spends her summers as a Leadership Development counselor for 17 and 18 year old girls on Lake Winnipesauke in New Hampshire. She will pursue her thesis project through the honors sociology program during her senior year under the guidance of Dr. Harris.
Cherina McKnight (’16) is a Sociology major who hopes to pursue a career in dentistry. When she came to Wake Forest, she was searching for a major that really enhanced her interest in helping others within communities. She has always been big on giving back to her local community and those who have been less fortunate than her. When taking Principles of Sociology, she was immediately intrigued by the topic. Sociology not only explains why people are in certain circumstances but it also suggests a solution to issues within societies. Sociology has allowed her to interpret and view the world in ways that allow her to understand the social aspects of society. After graduating she hopes to have her own practice where she can give back to the community.