Perspectives from our 2017 Sociology Graduates
Pursuing a post-secondary education can be quite the journey. Whether you are entering university straight out of high school or have been in the working world for a few years, it is an experience like no other. Our 2017 Sociology graduates reflect on their time at Ryerson, and offer advice for those considering getting a degree in Sociology.
What do you wish you would have known when you started university?
“The importance of making connections with professors and how important that is for future success.”
“I think having prior study experience as well as work/ career experience gave me a bit of an edge when jumping into the rigour of full-time academic studies. However, no matter what your experience, time management is the one thing that will get you if you aren't diligent about it. Academic research and writing is a practice that needs and deserves thorough attention and consideration, and it takes time.”
Vanessa Cristina Heron
“Something that I wish I would have known when I started university was all the tricks to saving money on campus. From putting money on your One Card to avoid paying taxes on campus food to using the many discounted textbook stores that we share with the University of Toronto, I missed out on some serious savings!”
“That I liked it. I’ve always enjoyed learning, but I didn’t enjoy high school. I stumbled onto Rye Pride and got involved. I graduated with a bunch of friends, and even met my boyfriend there (through CESAR & RSU).”
Markus Harwood Jones
“All the good friendships I made. I didn’t live on residence but I made really good friends for life.”
What advice do you have for someone considering getting a degree in Sociology?
“Don’t stress over what you’re going do with your degree. Enjoy the social. You learn so many skills in Sociology I don’t think people consider. You can do marketing, etc. It allows you to be a social person and you don’t miss out on the big things between 18 and 22.”
“Be open to many opportunities moving forward. Be open to learning new things. Sociology offers more than people might think. Don’t be discouraged. Take classes that you like. If you take classes outside of Sociology see how they can work together. I took politics and found it complemented other classes.”
“Do it because we live in a society that needs to be understood because it’s ever-changing.”
“I would definitely encourage them to join the sociology program, especially if they were in pursuit of a deeper knowledge of how society shapes us and how we shape society. We interact with society every day and it has a fundamental impact on our development of self. To be able to dissect and think critically about its huge impact on our lives has proven to be an extremely useful tool in my experience.”
“Do it! Do it! Professors are amazing. Best place to do it - in the downtown core. I loved it, it was amazing!”