Pioneer Profile

Alyssa Heyerdahl '17

Major: Sociology
Minor: Communication and Criminal Justice

What made you choose this major?

Sociology is interesting, because of the many different factors associated with it. I love looking at people as a whole and the impact of society. I decided that psychology was not my thing and looking at the way people interacted with each other was more interesting to me. After taking Introduction to Sociology and Sociology of Social Problems, I made it my major. Taking an introduction class in high school also sparked an interest.

How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?

I’ve learned many different things in my courses that will apply to my life. For example, I took a Marriage and Family class and found out about different societal trends and the way patterns have changed over the years. Social Gerontology is a great class to take, because it is learning about aging. As time goes on, the number of people over the age of 65 is increasing rapidly. It is important to know about how people age, because we all will someday. I also got to take a class where I learned about LGBT individuals and the many ways a person can identify themself. This class showed me the importance of acceptance.

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

I have made many connections with my professors, one in particular being Dr. Jennifer Huck. While I was in Dr. Huck’s class, I asked a lot of questions and got to know her as a professor. Beyond that class, I have worked with her on getting internships, along with advice for job opportunities after graduation. The best part is I can use her as a reference on job applications.

What’s a unique experience you’ve had relating to the coursework for your major?

In my Marriage and Family class, I learned something that I’ll never forget. We all know that divorce is very common in today’s society; one thing not everyone knows is that divorces are breaking up marriages at the same rate that death was in the past. The assumption that marriages are ending faster now than in the past is wrong, they are just breaking up in different ways.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person outside of the skills you’re learning in the classroom?

Having sociology as a major is more than achievable, leaving time to add two minors and participate in intramurals. Being able to do other majors and minors depends on how you manage your time and set priorities.

Why did you choose to attend Carroll University?

I’m very happy with choosing Carroll University, because of its community. The campus is smaller and brings a welcoming feeling. As it is a smaller university, you get to know a lot of students and faculty personally. I have utilized Carroll’s many resources, including academic advising, the Walter Young Center and career services through my journey at Carroll. If you need help with anything, it is easy to find. I feel my experience here will help later in life.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Carroll provides numerous scholarships and grants that people do not realize. My tuition was about the same as a public school, because of the great financial aid that Carroll offers.

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