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Sociology

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Lauren Burleson ‘14

Hometown

Sussex, Wis.

Major(s)

Psychology, Sociology

Favorite spot on campus

“The meditation chapels. They are a great place to go and relax during stressful times. They provide that unique environment for students to feel like they are ‘away’ from campus for a while.”

Lauren Burleson knew that Carthage was the right fit for her after she saw how tight-knit the campus community was. “I was also drawn to Carthage because of its low student-teacher ratio and the high-level academic program.” 

Lauren is majoring in psychology and sociology. “Having the opportunity to partake in both majors is very beneficial because they feed off one another,” she said. “While they emphasize different aspects of human nature, they come together at the core in terms of understanding how or why people act the way they do.”

In terms of her sociology major, Lauren loves problem solving and learning about group behavior within a social context. She also enjoys how the subject matter is taught. “Classes are not lecture style; they are discussion style,” she said. “The professors allow you to have some control over how the class is run. When they ask questions, a great conversation, and sometimes a debate, breaks out. This unique style of teaching allows us to be directly involved in the learning process.”  

Carthage is more than just classes — and Lauren has a full resume to show just how active students can be on campus. She is president of Active Minds; second vice president and pledge trainer of Pi Delta Chi; and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Honors Council, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Psi Chi. She is also a large group team member for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and a National Residence Hall Honorary. In addition, she is a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega.  

Career goal

“My career goal is to be a clinical psychologist or to hold a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis in eating disorder rehabilitation.”

Favorite professor

Favorite class

“Juvenile Delinquency.” 

Toughest class

“Islam.”

Favorite moments at Carthage

“My favorite moment was winning the SEAL Award for Female Student Leader of Year in Spring 2012. It was really exciting to be nominated and recognized for doing the things I love.”

Biggest surprise so far?

“How much the faculty care about relationships with their students. All of the professors I have had still know my name and talk to me in passing on Campus Drive.”  

Advice for other students considering your major

“Never be afraid to ask clarification questions. All of the professors want you to have a true understanding and knowledge of the concepts they teach. Therefore, if you do not understand something to the point where you can effectively explain it to someone else, set up a time with a professor or ask them to clarify in class. The concepts in this major build off one another, and once you learn a concept, it tends to be brought up in every class after that. Foundational understanding is key in this major.”

Writer

Kasey Dallman ‘14
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