Joanna HaugJanuary 16, 2019
The professors in EPPS are incredibly accessible and helpful. I regularly meet with my professors to discuss classwork, but they have also helped me to plan and brainstorm for the future.
Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- Member of the McDermott Scholars Program and Collegium V
- Dean’s List
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Editor for the McDermott Blog
- Member of Newman Catholic Ministry
- Member of the Intersectional Feminist Alliance
- Member of No Labels
- Writer of a satirical advice column for AMP
- I spent the summer of 2017 studying abroad in Northern Italy and London and I am currently studying abroad in Madrid (Spring 2018).
Deciding on Sociology
I was originally a psychology major, but I realized very quickly that it wasn’t for me. I was always interested in the way people think and interact with one another within society, so I decided to enroll in Introduction to Sociology with Dr. Scotch in the spring of my freshman year. I walked out of my first class certain that I had found the major that was right for me. I wanted to really understand the mechanics of society, and sociology began to do that for me right away.
My EPPS Success
The key to my success in EPPS has been forming relationships with professors. The professors in EPPS are incredibly accessible and helpful. I regularly meet with my professors to discuss classwork, but they have also helped me to plan and brainstorm for the future.
Plans for the Future
I hope to pursue a PhD in history, focusing on gender. Studying sociology has given me a basis for understanding the role of gender in society and I have become increasingly interested in exploring that role in the context of the past, as well as the present.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
Interact with the people around you. Meet with your professors– they’re incredibly intelligent people who can give you a lot of insight into the world. Talk to the people in your classes– you may end up understanding even more about the subject matter from hearing about their experiences.
Above all, focus on the things that inspire you, anger you, or sadden you. If you want to better understand yourself and the world, get fired up.
Things that get me fired up include history, politics, pop culture, and mental health awareness. In my free time, I read, write and sing in a community choir.