Carly Tsuda arrived freshman year to the hill believing she would be a Sociology/Anthropology major. But during her freshman year, knowing she wanted to work in non-profits, she switched to Economics, thinking “I have to be a business person!” Once in the Economics major however, it became very clear that she was not meant to be an Econ major. “So I sort of doubled back into Sociology” she explains.
Tsuda is also an American Studies major. “The American Studies major is in a lot of ways sort of an American cultural studies major, so there’s a lot of reflecting on American culture and examining artifacts from the culture, so that’s what appealed to me initially” she explains, noting that there’s a lot of crossover with So/An. Outside of the classroom Tsuda expresses her varied interests as a coordinator of the Gender and Sexuality Center (GSC), playing on the Women’s Rugby Team and working as a Tech Manager at the Lion’s Pause. (She notes that while hiring for the Tech team she and fellow major Nathan Hartwig analyzed how they went about hiring, using their So/An skills.)
What she calls one of her “pivotal moments as a So/An major” was her off-campus study program. She laughs. “Those of you who are in my senior seminar may be familiar with the fact that I went to Chicago, because I bring it up at least once a class.” In the Off-Campus Study in Chicago she took an Urban Studies course on Social Justice in an Urban Context, which, she says “was an amazing experience. I got to meet a lot of exciting people.” Tsuda recommends the domestic off-campus study experience, saying that immersing herself in a city “I was supposed to be familiar with” and learning about it was a valuable experience and “I have no regrets about not leaving the country.”
Another thing she has no regrets about is returning to the So/An major. “I feel like, I did it right.” She says, joking that “everyone has that moment senior year where they’re like ‘oh I should have majored in something else!’ but I think most often that major is So/An.” It’s also something she recommends to people interested in a variety of areas. “I think it’s a really great double major… I think it mixes well with other things, like Pre Med or a language.”
She talks about how much she has grown in the major, learning how “things often taken for granted aren’t necessarily truth” and she has learned to challenge assumptions, and to not always accept the simplest answer.
This May, Tsuda will graduate with her two majors, and is sure to continue her sociological thought wherever she goes.