Student Experience

If you choose to major in sociology, where will your education take you next? Here, some recent graduates share their student experiences and after-college successes:

Rochelle Cruz-Dyan '02 loves the law

Rochelle (pictured, right) grew up in New London. While a student at Connecticut College, she worked all four years for a prestigious local law firm, Mariani & Reck. She married at Harkness Chapel eight days after graduation, and the CELS office helped her find her first job out of college as an international trade legal assistant at Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in Washington, D.C. After her daughter was born, she moved back to Connecticut and gained more experience at a personal injury law firm. In 2007, she came back to Connecticut College: she is the Senior Assistant and Paralegal to Ulysses Hammond, Vice President for Administration, and also serves as secretary for the Connecticut College Alumni of Color (CCAC). She plans to attend law school in 2010.

Collins Anderson ' 04, San Francisco sous chef follows his passion

Now the sous chef of The Cottage Eatery in Tiburon, a well-to-do suburb of San Francisco, Collins Anderson says, "The most amazing things about sociology is the fact it helps you in all you do after college and hinders you from nothing (That's a loosely reconstructed quote from Professor Art Ferrari. His was much better!)" Collins believes that his Connecticut College experience and specifically the study of sociology have helped him rise in his field as fast as he has. "Being a chef is like being at school every day," he said. "You're always learning. If you aren't, then your food is never going to get to its apex." Read more . . .

Celso "Oslec" Villegas '03, on track to become a sociology professor

Oslec came to Connecticut College unaware that sociology as a field existed, and with every intention of studying international relations. A chance rejection from a government course led him to a sociology class, "Industrialization, Dictatorship, and Democracy," which, he relates, was daunting for a second-semester freshman. But he fell for sociology's perspective on political economy, and began a long-term love affair with Barrington Moore and comparative history. A semester in Chile followed, then a summer research assistantship at the Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso. A typically active Camel on campus, he was on the sociology Student Advisory Board, ran with the track team and sang with an a cappella group. As a senior, he was named a Winthrop Scholar, was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa, earned the sociology department prize, and was inducted into the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. He's now working toward a PhD in Sociology at Brown University, collecting data for a dissertation on middle-class formation in the Philippines, Venezuela, and Ecuador. Oslec is aiming for a tenure-track position at a small liberal arts college - just like the one he graduated from.

Contact information:

Chair: Ron Flores, Professor
Assistant: Nancy Lewandowski

Phone: 860-439-2625
Fax: 860-439-5332

Sociology Department
Connecticut College
Winthrop House
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196