Introduction: The Environmental Sociologist

My life's journey has taken my on a path toward cultivating a sociological imagination. As a kid, I ran countless experiments and conducted research. For example, I would use my four younger siblings for observation by teasingly inserting an incentive to get them to eat or do something they otherwise would not have done. These intentionally placed variables created interesting situations where I could simply compare how their behavior changed as a group. When not engaged with family, I would spend hours analyzing the statistics and data on thousands of
collectable sport cards and geographical maps. As I grew older began to grasp more complex concepts, I found myself constantly asking questions as to why social phenomena occurs, and how does it effect the world around me? I have been practicing sociology in one form or another all my life, but it wasn't until 2009 that I enrolled into college. It was in my first year I came to understand what sociology means to me.

Sociology is the study of how society operates and progresses given the vast circumstances happening in every individual's life.  Sociological research aims to observe and record the effects of these occurrences in order to better understand why social phenomenon comes into existence. Henceforth we are able to determine how these phenomena affects both social movements as well as the collective people within. Like any study true to science, sociological knowledge is the pursuit of truth. I have faith that with more truth in the world, people will more accurately recognize what it means to be human. Only then can we understand how living abreast other humans affects the environment, culture, and the future of the world. When the unknown becomes know, fear dissipates and a positive force prevails. I study sociology to help make the world a better place for everyone.

I've just graduated (spring 2013) from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor's of Art in Sociology with a double minor in Philosophy and Environmental Studies. I've been awarded a fellowship to the University of Wyoming. In the fall of 2014 I'll begin the Masters of Art in Sociology/Environment and Natural Resources program. I'm excited to learn and grow as a scholar and a person through continuing the pursuit of knowledge.

Picture: Me and my husky Vinson (and one of my parents dogs) in the Chugach Mountains overlooking Eagle River Valley.

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