Juanita Arias ’18
Biology and Sociology
“When I started at St. Joseph's University, I was intent on focusing on my major: biology. However, to fulfill my core, I chose Introduction to Sociology. This class has taught me lessons that I can apply to my life as an immigrant. For example, one of the topics covered in class was inequality. This social phenomenon concerns me, for I have experienced and observed economic injustice in my community. After taking this course, I have decided to pursue a double major in biology and sociology.
“Sociology offers me insights and concepts about the reality of so many people who live in the shadows. In addition, this class has taught me how problems like inequality can be confronted by educating the community and decreasing the dependency one group has on the other. It is my objective to learn about these social conflicts and apply this knowledge for the empowerment of my community.
"To fulfill my core, I chose Introduction to Sociology. This class has taught me lessons that I can apply to my life as an immigrant... Sociology offers me insights and concepts about the reality of so many people who live in the shadows."
“I am blessed to have joined [the St. Joseph's University] family. After two years at St. Joseph's, I have been able to take leadership roles. I have joined a wide variety of community service events, conferences and workshops that have allowed me to grow as a leader and have provided me with the tools to succeed in my future endeavors. I am looking forward to participate in many more opportunities that the University has to offer.
“My future plans include attending medical school and becoming a well-rounded physician. In addition, I am looking forward to being a political representative or social activist who strives for the socioeconomic improvement of the immigrant community."
“My favorite quote is by Mother Teresa:
‘These are the few ways we can practice humility: To speak as little as possible of one's self. To mind one's own business. Not to want to manage other people's affairs. To avoid curiosity. To accept contradictions and correction cheerfully. To pass over the mistakes of others. To accept insults and injuries. To accept being slighted, forgotten and disliked. To be kind and gentle even under provocation. Never to stand on one's dignity. To choose always the hardest.'”
What is the best advice someone has ever given you?
“Study what you enjoy learning about. At the end, this is what you will memorize and remember for the rest of your life."
What have you learned about yourself during your time at St. Joseph's University?
"Throughout my experience at St. Joseph's, I have learned that I can use my leadership skills in order to achieve my goals and overcome my internal fears."
Do you have any hobbies or talents? What do you do in your spare time?
“In my spare time, I enjoy reading and dancing. This is why I have joined the dance team and I will be performing a Bollywood piece this semester.”
If you had to give one reason for a student to choose St. Joseph's University, what would it be?
"St. Joseph's teaches you how to be a successful professional and a great leader."