"After I graduate, I want to pursue a doctorate. I see that with my background, I can do social activism -- which really interests me."

Matt McAnear

Update: After graduation, Matt is headed to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a master's in non-profit leadership. He plans to one day earn a doctorate in either sociology or demography, or both.

"When I found out I had to take calculus to fill a requirement, I was worried. I thought I was horrible at the subject, but Professor Peter Brooksbank encouraged me to seek help whenever I needed it. Soon, I was excelling and I decided to major in mathematics and add a second major in economics. I at first thought economics was all about the nuts and bolts of the economy.

"I loved the material so much that my professors suggested I get involved in research. They connected me with Carl Milofsky, a professor of sociology who was creating a survey to find out more about local residents' access to healthcare. I gathered patient satisfaction data and analyzed overall trends by demographic indicators, like race and age.

"The experience has defined my career goals. After I graduate, I want to pursue a doctorate. I see that with my background, I can do social activism -- which really interests me."

Matt is from Morristown, Tenn. || Watch Matt's video: Advice on Coming to Bucknell from Out-of-State

Posted February 10, 2012

 


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