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Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology

My Sociology Experience

April Elek-Schriefer

Elek SchrieferSenior April Elek-Schriefer looks forward to putting her sociology and criminology skills to work.

The Lindenhurst, NY native knew a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology would be the best fit for her career plans after working in loss prevention for her company.  "Working in loss prevention has put me in the position to learn about crimes being committed within retail companies, whether they be externally or internally," she said.  "I am able to get some understanding of why people do the things that they do. I am also in contact with local police departments as well as the court systems."

Elek-Schriefer has especially enjoyed the campus' convenient location and personal learning environment.  The small class sizes create an atmosphere where the professors get to know their students personally.  "The dedication of the faculty has been very uplifting and inspiring," she said.  "All the professors are very knowledgeable. Their doors always open to every student."

As Elek-Schriefer prepares to graduate and pursue a career in loss prevention management, she feels confident in the preparation she has received while attending Winthrop.  "I am excited that soon I will be an alumna from Winthrop University," she said.  "Graduating from this school and being able to put it on my resume will give me the edge that I need."


Rachel Nash

Rachel NashRachel Nash is exactly where she wants to be in her career, and she attributes her success to the education she received at Winthrop University.

The Frederick, MD native is currently a Job Coach for Vocational Rehabilitation in Rock Hill, SC. She transitioned in to her position after graduating from Winthrop in 2010.  The Vocational Rehabilitations Mission Statement is 'Enabling eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain competitive employment,'  she explained.  "I get to take part of that mission every day when I am work."

Nash is especially proud of her GPA and honors as a non-traditional student working full-time.  She attributes her success to the support Winthrop educators provide.  "It is the faculty that made my education," she said.  "My professors were amazing and I will always be thankful for where I started and where I am today."  Although she graduated with a degree in Sociology, Nash believes all the disciplines she studied helped her prepare for her current career.

"Words cannot describe my Winthrop Experience, but it is a feeling that is amazing,"  she said.  "It has been a life-changing experience."

Nash's Winthrop Experience continues today.  She is currently a graduate student in the  Masters of Liberal Arts program, and she expects to graduate in 2012.


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