Student Spotlights

Student Spotlight: Shelby Frye

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been at Miami?

I'm a junior sociology, political science, and women's, gender, and sexualities studies major from Hebron, KY.

2. How did you decide to be a sociology major? What drew you to the discipline?

I came to Miami as a University Studies major and was very unsure about what I wanted to do. Throughout my first semester, I was very frustrated by the pressure to find a major and also not finding one that really seemed like it was "it" for me. I took a sociology class my second semester because I had taken one in high school and it was pretty interesting, and I ended up, cliche as it sounds, falling in love with the idea of studying how we have constructed this complex world that we live in. I love the way that sociology opens an avenue to challenging notions that are perceived as "just the way things are," and I love that it makes me think of ways that we could reconstruct our world in a different way.

3. What do you hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I hope to earn the first post-graduate degree in my family and get a PhD so that I can be a professor of sociology.

4. What have been your best experiences at Miami, both in the department and out?

In the department, my best experiences have been working with Dr. Jennifer Bulanda (in class, through being her UA, and in research) and attending the ASA Honors Program, which the department so generously paid for [through the Betty Kent Scholarship]. Dr. Bulanda has been absolutely critical to my Miami experience - she is what I hope to be one day. From the beginning, she has taken the time to talk to me about my interests, she has allowed me to help brainstorm for her class when I was her UA, and she has taught me a large amount about doing research in our discipline. I am forever grateful for her. Outside of the department, serving as a SOUL (Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader), an Orientation Student Coordinator, and as a Senator on the Associated Student Government have been three of the most meaningful experiences I have had here at Miami.

Student Spotlight: Emily Mueller

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? How long have you been at Miami?

My name isEmily Mueller and I am a senior from Columbus, Ohio. I am a double major in Kinesiology and Gerontology.

2. How did you decide to be a gerontology major? What drew you to the discipline?

I decided to be a gerontology major after my first gerontology class freshman year. I became fascinated with the discipline and wanted to learn more. As I continued to take more classes, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into my future career.

3. What do you hope to do after graduation?

Right now I am applying to graduate schools in hope of receiving my doctorate in occupational therapy. After graduate school I hope to obtain a job in a hospital or neuroscience setting.

4. What have been your best experiences at Miami, both in the department and out?

Within the department my favorite experience has been conducting research for my gerontology 479 class. This class has given me the opportunity to dive into research on the LGBTQ older adult population. As a kinesiology and gerontology major I love being able to use both of my disciplines to conduct further research. My areas of interest include LGBTQ aging and health and mental health and its effect on older adults. Outside of the department my favorite experience has been being part of my sorority, Delta Delta Delta. Through this sorority I have met some of my lifelong friends, have served as a member of the academic committee and have worked with Panhellenic as a Rho Gamma. I am so grateful for my time at Miami and I will continue to utilize the skills I have learned for years to come! Love and Honor.