Meet Our Students
Meet Some of Our Sociology Majors!
Blair Bryce (’15) is a sociology major with a minor in politics and international affairs. He became interested in sociology after taking Principles of Sociology and Contemporary Families during his sophomore year. He spent two weeks volunteering in Kolkata, India through a service trip with the Volunteer Service Corps. On campus, he is a member of the African Caribbean Student Association, Campus Kitchen, and is a Fellow with the Institute for Public Engagement.
Ann Hollingsworth is a double major in sociology and Spanish. Ann serves on the leadership team of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and during her time here at Wake she has also been involved with the Wesley Foundation, has worked for the Wake Forest Fund, and has spent time volunteering for El Buen Pastor. She spent one semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain where she studied the Spanish language, culture, art, and literature. Ann first became interested in studying sociology after taking Principles of Sociology with Dr. Brown, for whom she now works as a research assistant. She has a curiosity for the study of language and culture, and a passion for the empowerment of women and minorities that she seeks to utilize as she pursues a career in the non-profit field.
Megan Jarrell (‘15) 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.
Maeghan Livingston (’15) is a sociology major with a minor in anthropology. Maeghan chose to become a sociology major to bring her passion to serve people into an academic setting. She knew that in order to be an effective catalyst of change, she needed to better understand the various social dynamics in our world which shape our life experiences. Maeghan is currently a NASPA Undergraduate Fellow and aspires to be a influential professional in the higher education sector after graduation. Within her collegiate community, Maeghan is the president of the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir, a resident adviser and a member of Intervarsity. She also studied abroad at Casa Artom in Venice, Italy for a semester.
Christina Mayse (’15) is a double major in psychology and sociology. After taking an introductory sociology class with her freshman year, she knew that sociology was something that she couldn’t get enough of. In tandem with her psychology major, she feels that sociology has truly opened her critical minds’ eye to see the world through a different lens. For her, sociology classes are the ones that you leave with a challenged perspective and a mindset to go change the world for the better. Currently, she is involved with immigration research with Dr. Brown and is pursuing her thesis project on stereotyping through the Honors Psychology program. She was recently accepted into the American Sociological Association’s Honors Program and presented her research at the ASA meeting in San Francisco, CA.
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.
Brittany Vasquez (’15) is a Sociology major with minors in Psychology and Schools, Education, & Society. This summer she worked as an Organizing Fellow with Students for Education Reform in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She worked in the Impact Strategy department under their director of education. She was able to attend planning meetings, accompany on site visits, and help with grant review. Additionally, she carried out an independent project analyzing the effectiveness of reform strategies in six districts. At Wake, she works with the tutoring program Saturday Academy, SFER, and the Public Engagement Fellows program.
Leigh Winters (’15) is a sociology major interested in business and economic sociology. This summer, she worked for UBS Financial Services in their Wealth Management division. She was selected to participate in their competitive Graduate Training Internship Program with a 3% acceptance rate, supporting senior-level associates of the firm with over 4 million accounts and more than $1 trillion in assets under management. Leigh reported to the Advisor Marketing Platforms & Premier Teams, contributing to development of a web platform that enables users to devise customized marketing and social media strategies. As a member of this team, she serviced high net-worth and ultra high net-worth clients, with assets under management exceeding $700 million. She oversaw compilation and analysis of user- engagement survey results, summarizing and presenting data for senior associates. She was recently offered a full time position as an analyst in UBS’ 2015 GTP class.