Students sometime discover their passion later in life and find a university that embodies exactly what they are looking for in a program to advance their career goals.
D.C. Wright is one of those students. Coming back to college at the age of 30, Wright is considered a non-traditional student.
“I chose to attend Missouri State because of its mission and focus being rooted in public affairs, as well as its history and reputation of producing capable, educated citizens,” said Wright. “Because my past experiences and future career goals revolve around public service, I saw the principles embraced by MSU to prepare its students for future success matching my own educational objectives and opportunities for personal growth that could not be matched elsewhere.”
Wright came back to college to prepare for a more advanced role in public service and explore career opportunities to make meaningful contributions to the community.
“The public sociology program at Missouri State is ‘one-stop-shopping’ for anyone who is serious about living out the university’s mission statement and becoming a truly educated person,” said Wright. “Through a wide-ranging curriculum you cultivate critical reasoning skills, enhance your creativity, develop communications skills and ethical capacities, and gain a profound respect for cultural and human diversity.”
For Wright, there are many reasons someone would choose to major in sociology and he encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities to get involved with the community.
“I completed a component service-learning section affiliated with a political sociology class, which gave me over 40 hours of practical experience in an area of local government,” said Wright. “In addition to expanding my knowledge of the election process and the institutions of government, this level of community-engagement allowed me to examine community diversity, local civic participation, and how social capital is influenced within a community.”
Wright also took advantage of research opportunities within the program to aid in solving local social problems.
“Practicing public sociology in the community, I developed a deeper understanding of how the academic world can bridge gaps and provide support to foster a more collaborative community that is capable of achieving progress toward solving social problems,” said Wright.
Through his experience in the sociology program, Wright has been able to refine his analytical, research, and writing skills that aided him in his studies and in making a visible and positive difference in the community.