Welcome to December – and the FINAL WEEK OF THE QUARTER!

I hope you’re all ready for Week 10 and the end of the quarter! Everyone’s busy, stressed, and cold, but at least we have a good excuse to blare Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” and take candy & cocoa breaks.

Last week, we posted our November installment of the Featured Graduate spotlight.  If you didn’t get the chance, make sure you check it out and get to know Jeff Cornejo, ’16.

Not much else to report from Sociology Advising this week. As always, if you need help, we’re here to make sure you have all the support you need…but if you’re going to take Calvin’s idea above about looking like you’re paying attention, you’ll need to supply your own ping-pong-balls.

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Featured Graduate: Jeff Cornejo, ’16

Welcome to our November Featured Graduate Spotlight! This is an opportunity for us to introduce current majors to recent graduates and what they’re doing now – which means it’s also an opportunity for current majors to learn how to make the most out of their time here, and how to prepare for the next step of your life with your sociology degree in hand!

Today, we’re introducing you to Jeff Cornejo, who graduated in 2016. Department, meet Jeff, and Jeff, welcome back!

1.  How did you decide to major in sociology?
I am the first person in my immediate family to go to college, and I didn’t quite know what I was doing at first. I knew I was interested in people, especially how people think and act, so at first, I thought I’d get into Psychology, but I ended up switching to Sociology my Junior year. Unfortunately, I was going through a lot of stuff at the time while facing a lot of student debt, and was forced to take some leave – just in time for the Big Recession to hit. I worked my way through and, nearly a decade later, I paid off my debt and decided to come back. Susanna Hansson was still my Academic Counselor, and she remembered me from so many years ago. She gave me the advice I wish I had received years ago. She told me “Don’t go at it alone this time.” That set me up for a great comeback. 

2. What was your favorite Sociology class at UW?
I can’t pick just one – but these were my 3 favorites. The first is SOC 362:  Racial and Ethnic Relations, taught by Savannah Larimore. This was when Rachel Dolezal first made headlines, and I thought the class was thought-provoking and telling of what would begin to play out on the national stage. Second is SOC 403: Applied Research with ManChui Leung. Asking a question like “what creates social change?” then operationalizing it to conduct field research was a rewarding experience. Third, I loved Edgar Kiser’s SOC 401: Theories of Action. We covered so much territory that quarter! My final essay for that course was on the source of homophily and racial stratification in American online dating websites. I think it was some of my best writing, but it also made for some awkward first date conversations. I now save that for the third or fourth date. 

3. Did you have a favorite Sociology professor or TA?
I already mentioned Savannah, ManChui, and Professor Kiser. But I also want to mention Steven Pfaff for this one. He was my favorite lecturer because he was witty, he didn’t need his powerpoint, and his impersonation of Thomas Hobbes while saying “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” was awesome. Also, while I was getting my diploma during the Sociology Department graduation ceremony, I could hear him (discreetly) root for me from his seat, I felt very proud at that moment, second only to Susanna congratulating me before I walked on to that stage. 

4. What is one thing you wish you had known at the beginning of the program that you want to tell new Sociology majors?
Don’t go at it alone! Take advantage of the resources available to you like the Writing Center. I think I’m a good writer, but after my first visit to the center, my writing was almost unrecognizable. Also, go to office hours at least once, for each course – you can’t go wrong with that.

5. How did participating in experiential learning help you make connections between what you learned in the classroom and life beyond the university?
SOC 403 was very meaningful to me, not only because I was part of designing and conducting research, but because it connected me to a neighborhood in Seattle I had avoided while growing up. I was able to see how our study was used as an engagement tool for members of that community. It also introduced me to new tools and data sources, like Social Explorer, which I would go on to use when I was writing grants at a non-profit. I went on to do a Sociology internship where we developed a community report card of health for that neighborhood. That introduced me to even more tools, like SimplyMap (now SimplyAnaltics) which introduced me to Consumer Expenditures and Nielsen ratings, which always piques people’s interest when I mention it during a job interview.  

6. How did you find your first job after graduation?  Any advice for our current Sociology majors as they prepare to enter the workforce?
As Sociologists, we know a lot about how social networks (personal and professional) and social capital influence people’s career progression. I’ve found that making connections and tapping into your network is essential for career development. I was employed at a non-profit while I was finishing my degree and unexpectedly lost my job a year after graduating. A relatively new acquaintance gave my name to another non-profit that was looking to hire someone on a 3-month contract. I also had many friends send job postings my way when they saw something interesting. I floated along for most of 2017 when an old friend of mine reached out and invited me to a happy hour organized by the Affinity Groups at her company. By the end of 2017, I was providing Administrative Support to a Product Manager of an internal startup at Amazon.

7. What is your current position?
 I’m an Investigations Specialist now. My team supports the millions of vendors that sell their products on Amazon. It’s fascinating work, but I know there’s something even more fascinating waiting just around the corner. 

8. How are the skills and ideas you learned as a Sociology major relevant to your job or your life now?
Whether I was part of a grass-roots campaign, a tech startup, or one of Forbes 100 best companies to work for, I think a lot of Max Weber’s bureaucratic theory to help me understand the nature of the organizations I’ve joined. I see a lot of charismatic leaders in startups and grass-roots organizing, and the perils that follow once they leave. I also worked at an organization governed by a tradition mentality while struggling to attract younger and diverse members. But I’ve also seen the efficiency of bureaucracy, especially when standardizing work or using concepts like Six-Sigma to reduce defects (in outcomes or products.) 

9. What’s your favorite place to eat in the U-District?
I love taking people to Guanaco’s Tacos Pupuseria on Brooklyn Ave. The pupusas are fantastic, but the rest of their menu is excellent. 

For our other Featured Graduate Post, follow the link to meet Maggie.

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Welcome to a Wet Week 9!

Welcome back from Thanksgiving Break, everyone! As you can see, the rain has finally descended on Seattle, so grab your raincoats, rubber galoshes, and umbrellas (unless you’re from the area…then just enjoy getting wet, I guess?) because it’s gonna be like this for months.

 I hope you all got some much needed rest, as the rest of the quarter is going to FLY BY. There’s just a few things we’d like to bring to your attention.

  • Career Center. It might be nearly the end of the quarter, but the Career Center is still offering great support for students planning for their careers. This week, they’re hosting both Small Group Coaching for Transfer Students on Thursday and Pre-Health Drop-In Coaching on Friday
  • November Featured Graduate. Keep an eye out this week – we’ll be introducing you all to our November Featured Graduate – Jeffrey Cornejo, ’16.
  • Mental Health Services. It’s the end of the quarter – papers are due, exams are looming, and stress is at a peak. We just wanted to remind you all that UW provides a lot of resources to support your mental health. If you’re struggling, if you want some help, if you feel overwhelmed – don’t hesitate to visit the Mental Health Clinic in Hall Health, or try the Counseling Center in Schmitz Hall. Don’t forget about the Let’s Talk program too – perfect for those who are unsure about mental health counseling or if you’re looking for a more informal meeting.

Good luck staying dry this week! And if you need anything, we in the Sociology Advising Office are here to help!

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Happy Week 8(ish)!

Welcome to the shortest week of the school year – and the end of all the “What week of the quarter is this?” confusion! I sincerely hope you all take some time to catch up on work, recharge your energies, and visit with your family, however you define it!

Before that, here’s a couple of last week’s posts we wanted to highlight:

Teach For America – If you’re interested in joining Teach For America, there are still three application deadlines left: 05 December 2018, 01 February 2019, and 01 March 2019. If you’re interested in learning more
about the experience of being a TFA Corp Member, visit our blog post, or complete this survey to meet with TFA Recruitment Director Katey Thomson (a TFA alum!).

Girls Who Invest – This is a great Summer 2019 opportunity for young women to get an introduction to the financial asset management industry, which also happens to provide paid, 6-week internship as part of the program. For more information, see our blog post or visit the Girls Who Invest website.  Applications are open now through November 29, 2018

Hope everyone makes the most out of the short week and gets some much needed rest!

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Teach for America


Are you interested in challenging yourself in an impact-driven career? Putting your talents to work to disrupt inequity and create opportunity? Joining a powerful network of more than 60,000 leaders from all backgrounds and sectors?

Consider Teach for America!

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children living in poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America seeks the most promising leaders who have demonstrated the values and leadership necessary for systems change. Our diverse, outstanding corps members make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and have a profound impact on their students.  Through these two years, corps members gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact from any sector or field they choose. Beyond their two years, corps members become part of a network of 60,000 leaders working across every sector to shape the political, economic, and social future of our nation.

If you’d like meet with Teach For America Recruitment Director Katey Thomson (a TFA alum!) to learn about the experience of being a TFA Corp Member, complete this survey.

There are 3 more application deadlines this year: 05 December 2018, 01 February 2019, and 01 March 2019. For more information about the application process, including eligibility requirements and upcoming deadlines, visit the How To Join section of the Teach for America website.

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Girls Who Invest

Women and minorities manage under 10% of mutual funds in North America. Girls Who Invest, a non-profit specifically geared toward placing more women in the pipeline, needs your help to find bright and talented sophomore women from all majors for our 2019 summer intensive program. 

The summer intensive program is a 10-week program consisting of four weeks on campus at the University of Pennsylvania or University of Notre Dame learning core finance and investment concepts from top business school professors, followed by a guaranteed six-week paid internship at a leading asset management firm. The program is tuition free and includes room and board. Note: For those who cannot commit to a full summer program, Girls Who Invest provides an online, tuition-free, self-directed program, including financial modeling and investment foundations courses.

Video link: Hear from our founder and program scholars!

Students in our programs have come from a wide variety of majors – natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities included! There is no prerequisite for business/finance classes.

To learn more about the program, visit the Girls Who Invest website.  Applications are open now through November 29, 2018

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Symposium Celebrating Prof. Charles Hirschman

Cherry blossoms on the UW Quad. Photo by Katherine B. Turner/ UW

Please join us this Friday, for Looking Back to Find the Future:
Reflections from Social Science for a Changing World, a symposium to honor the career of Charles Hirschman. Prof. Hirschman was on the faculty at the University of Washington from 1987 to his retirement in 2017, serving as Director of CSDE from 1987 – 1995, and Sociology Department Chair from 1995-98.  The symposium will focus on the issues and questions that have animated Prof. Hirschman’s distinguished career. Sessions will address the following topics:

  • American Social Science in the Asian Century: What Role for Area Studies?
  • Understanding and Responding to Rising Inequality
  • Human Science: In a Hole and How to Climb Out
  • Prospects for Compassionate Futures: Insights from Immigration & Area Studies

Symposium and Celebration details:

Friday, November 16, 2018
Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall
Symposium 12:30-5:30pm
Celebration 5:30-9:30pm

Please join us for provocations and reflections with

  • Deans Robert Stacey and Sandra Archibald
  • Distinguished Visitors Patrick Heuveline, Maria-Giovanna Merli, Alejandro Portes, Kenneth Prewitt & Marta Tienda
  • UW Professors Dan Chirot, Sara Curran, Mark Long, Celia Lowe & Katherine Stovel

Celebration immediately following the symposium, with Emcees Professors Jerry Herting and Stew Tolnay.

Department of Sociology
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology
Southeast Asia Center
The Earl and Edna Stice Memorial Lectureship

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