Sociology

Merice Raber

Class of

2018

My hometown is

Holland, MI

My major(s):

Sociology

My minor(s)

Spanish

I'm involved in:

Alma Symphony Orchestra, Residence Life

After I graduate I plan to

I plan to find a job that will teach me a lot and help me start my career, even if it isn’t necessarily my dream job.

My favorite place on campus is

My room!

Some of my favorite professors include

All professors at Alma work really hard to create an amazing environment that is obvious when you step on campus the first time, making it hard to choose favorites. However, Dr. Catherine Fobes in the sociology department has been my #1 go to since freshman year.

So far, my favorite class(es) has/have been

Sociology of Family

My greatest accomplishment at Alma is

Last winter (2016) I was a teaching assistant for Spanish 112. This was my first time being a TA and by the end of the semester I had multiple people thanking me for my hard work, saying that it helped them get a good grade on their exam, or that it made taking Spanish seem more applicable or easier to understand. Those comments solidified my hopes of successfully helping others in this course.

I'd advise an Alma freshman to

My advice for incoming freshman is to get out of the dorms! Your room is meant to be the calm and relaxing place you come to after a long day, keep it that way!

I'd tell a student considering coming to Alma

If you’re considering Alma, please just visit us! Alma College was my first college visit ever, and I wasn’t sure if I’d like the small school, location, etc. I was blown away by the consistent kindness from other students, the caliber of learning, and the positive environment that is Alma College. In the end, Alma was the only school I applied to!

What I like most about studying at Alma is

I love that professors always have office hours. Utilizing these has been the best decision for me while studying at Alma. I receive help when needed, can ask questions about the course, and at the same time I am able to build connections with amazing people.

My favorite part about living on campus is

My favorite part about living on campus is being with people. I consider myself quite social, and having all of these interactions is what I love.

I went to

I went to New Zealand for a 2016 spring term. It was hands down the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. Our main coursework was to write two research papers pre-departure; one related to our major/minor, and another related to an interest of ours that would be affiliated with our itinerary in New Zealand. Since we were able to do the majority of our course-work before leaving for New Zealand, our time in the country was that much more enjoyable. We went on multiple boat rides, kayaked on a glacial lake, experienced the native Maori people, went black water rafting, sight-seeing, the list goes on and on!