Corinne Dickey came to St. Olaf unsure of her major. “I was originally a Psych major, Music ed., possibly, all over the place” she laughs. After finding the Psychology wasn’t the best fit, and enjoying the Introduction to Sociology course she took, she changed her major, officially declaring second semester of her sophomore year, “because I was gone first semester.”
That first semester and interim of sophomore year she did the Global Semester abroad. “I had kind of decided to be a So/An major but hadn’t totally declared yet. And I went as a sophomore, which is younger than usual. I was the baby. But the perspective I had learned in Intro really enhanced really taking in cultures and meeting people, and kind of guided what questions I would ask people.” During the course, they also took a sociology course in Korea, which also strengthened her interest in the major.
Corinne Dickey, Class of 2015
She also explains how Sociology/Anthropology helped her develop a curriculum while interning and teaching at a school in India “figuring out how to go about that and work with students and teachers from a different culture”.
The So/An major, she says has “given me a broader perspective” on the world and “helps me see things more clearly when I’m learning about a new culture.” It also, she says, makes her more curious about the world around her.
One thing she says she appreciates most about the major, however, is the focus on “life-long practice rather than just something that applies to a job”. Every professor, Dickey says, has given advice more on how to view the world rather than how to have a specific career. “I’ve really enjoyed that advice.”
As a student, she says she’s learned how important it is to “keep an open mind and do the readings, because they’re really interesting anyway, so I don’t know why you wouldn’t.” Participating and being attentive in discussions is also important, and she recommends paying attention to professors and asking them about their experiences “because they all have awesome experiences.”
The Minneapolis native is looking to move away after graduation, although she does say “I love Minnesota with all my heart and soul”. She relishes, however, the opportunity to live somewhere new and learn a new culture and place. Travel abroad is also a possibility. She jokes that the So/An major has allowed her to “travel without spending money to travel” because of the opportunity to learn about so many different parts of the world.
Though she will be graduating in just a few short weeks, Dickey says she has really enjoyed being a major. “I love our department.” She may end up anywhere from Oregon to France, but she will take with her the perspective and lessons from the Sociology/Anthropology major.
If you have questions for Corinne, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org