Theresa Ward is in Shippensburg University’s Sociology, B.A. program. Coming from Upper Moreland High School, Ward was drawn to Ship’s sociology program and the university’s community feel.

“The curriculum is so interesting,” Ward said. “There are so many different types of sociology classes and each subject is really interesting to learn about.”

Ward was glad to make so many close friends so quickly once she arrived at Ship.

“SU really puts effort into having so many social activities where you can meet new people and have fun together,” Ward said.

Involvement with the student advisory board, being a sociology peer tutor and serving as vice president of the Sociology/Anthropology Club have also been positive networking experiences for Ward. Her classroom experiences have also contributed to her growth as a budding professional.

“I am required to take classes that go in depth about real world issues. I definitely know so much more about the country and world in general,” Ward said. “My writing has also been able to improve. I have also gotten a lot more comfortable with math, which I’ve never excelled in, after dealing with statistical data often. Also, I was required to do a job shadow which allowed me to see sociology applied in the real world and to be offered an internship.”

Ward notes the social capital she has gained at Ship is among the most positive aspects of her experience, especially when it comes to her relationships with faculty.

“Knowing and having a good relationship with your professors and other faculty allows you to go to them for help or advice for almost anything.”

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