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A few weeks into the term, I wanted to share what my favorite class is and what makes it so interesting!

SOCY 48's title is Immigration, Race, and Ethnicity (it's also cross-listed with the Latin American Studies department). The class is largely about learning the different immigration policies that have been established in America since the 1800s. Recently, we had our first project: Immigration Life History assignment. We were asked to interview an immigrant of our choice –– whatever the term "immigrant" means to you –– and interweave their experiences with the macro policies in-place. I decided to interview my aunt who immigrated from South Korea to the States in 2012.

This class is my favorite for a multitude of reasons: it's well-structured, interesting readings, and my classmates are extremely diverse. I always thought immigration was very one-dimensional where when one migrates from one location to another, that process is considered immigration. But, after taking this class with Prof. Kim, I came to realize that so many factors are intertwined, such as race, socioeconomic class, transnational policies, and more. Even our first assignment, where I interviewed a family member I believed I knew very well about, developed a new outlook on her experience immigrating to New York. 

The point I'm getting to is that: even if you are a chemistry major (like myself), economics, philosophy, studio art, et cetera, it is worth it to attempt taking classes in different departments. I'm personally a biological chemistry major and initially viewed this sociology class as a mere method of fulfilling a distributive requirement to graduate. However, after completing the readings, doing the assignments, and attending lectures, I realized how applicable sociology is to my own life –– as an immigrant from South Korea. 

I think this is the beauty of a liberal arts education at Dartmouth, as you're able to explore so many different fields whilst fulfilling the requirements. At different institutions, I wouldn't have taken a classics course about ancient medicine, an anthropology course on primal evolution, or now a sociology course on racial immigration. If you are able to, I say try out new fields of interests!

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