Name: Victoria Vazquez
Major(s) and Minor: Majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Anthropology
Why did you choose Sociology as your major?
I chose Sociology as my major because I took a Sociology class in high school. It was a mess of a class but I liked the material so I wanted to give it another try when I got to college. And I fell in love with it right away. My sociology classes were the ones that I was both good at and enjoyed, rather than other classes I was taking that were always only one or the other.
What did you like most about it?
What I personally like about Sociology is that, because we are trying to understand how people perceive the world around them and why people act the ways that they do, what we can study is endless. Sociology can be broad but you may also find a specific subsection that means a lot to you and I was lucky enough to find that myself.
What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I currently work as a phone interviewer for a public policy research company. That’s a fancy way of saying I ask people questions over the phone all day. I enjoy this because I collect data that could positively affect public policy.
What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?
Since I am a recent graduate, my first job out of Rutgers is in my current position. I am a phone interviewer for a public policy research company. I was able to get this position because of my degree and my past research experience while I was an undergraduate.
How did you move from that first job to your current position?
Once again, because I just graduated, my first job out of school is my current job. I was able to go, however, from a job in retail to my current job as a phone interviewer because of my degree and experience at Rutgers.
Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?
The class that I would say was the main contributor to my successes would be the Honors in Sociology program. This class gave me a taste for research and helped me realize that Sociological research is what I want to do.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?
The main advice I would give current students is this: get close to your TAs and your professors. Be close enough that you feel comfortable asking them questions and asking them for help if and when you need it. Your questions and your comments in class are not a nuisance and will only help you in the long run.