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our session during the scheduled times. We look forward to seeing you!
Malchijah Hoskins '22 - SO PAC Captain
Minors: Intergroup Relations & Media and Film Studies
About Me: I am a junior from Jersey City, New Jersey. On campus I am involved with student government
and serve as V.P for Inclusion and Advocacy. I also am a co-host on the student social justice platform Pass the Mic and am on the Tang Student
Advisory Council. I love baking, literature, and anything to do with pop culture.
Why PAC?: Some of the most transformative experiences I have had in learning were all rooted
in community and reciprocity and I believe PAC really embodies those qualities. Also, PAC has been extremely helpful for my experiences with Sociology.
Favorite Class and Why: It would have to be Black Female Body. That class was one of the most life changing classes I have taken. I was challenged academically, socially, and mentally. Because of the challenges it was extremely rewarding and allowed me to be more conscious and more present in my everyday life.
Academic Advice: I think it is always important to make what you're learning more real. Try to relate either your
own lived experiences or current events to make sense of the things you are learning.
Tucker Boyd '21
Majors: Sociology and Social Work
About me: I'm part of Skidmore's restorative justice club, a member of speakers bureau, and
am training to become a peer health educator. I love books and spending time with
family, friends, and my dog.
Why PAC: I'm so grateful for the guidance and community that PACs have offered me during my
past two years at Skidmore, and I am so looking forward to the opportunity to give
that same support to future Sociology students!
Favorite class and why: Freedom Dreams, my first year seminar. The class introduced me to IGR, a department
that has had a huge impact on my Skidmore experience and that I am so grateful to
Academic advice: Your education is yours! It's been empowering for me to realize that learning and
personal growth support one another. If you can, study things that matter to you-
it's made all the difference for me.
Tova Petto '22
Major: Sociology Minor: English
About me: I am a junior from New Jersey. Besides being a new PAC, I am a trained PHE and a
member of Chillmore. I love studying abroad and learning about different cultures
and perspectives, and I'm so excited to work with you in PAC.
Why PAC: I love that PAC provides a structured way to get academic help from fellow students,
and I find that talking through a confusing topic can make all the difference in understanding
it. Also, PAC has been so helpful to me in the past, and I want to return the favor
to other students!
Favorite class and why: My favorite class so far has been African Drumming and Dance with the amazing Professor
Opara. I got to learn something totally new through talking and moving. Plus, we
ended the semester with a live performance, which was super fun and really brought
me out of my comfort zone!
Academic advice: Talk to people! Don't be afraid to go to PAC, office hours, or even create your
own study group. Skidmore is a very welcoming and supportive community, and whatever
you're struggling with, somebody else probably is too! Doing something as simple
as checking that you're on the right track can increase your confidence and make you
a stronger student.
Ashley Ramsay '21
Major/Minor: Sociology major and Political Science minor
About me: On campus, I am a head tutor in the writing center, VP of Knit-Wits (Skidmore's Knitting
Club), a member of the swim and dive team, and now a PAC! In my free time, I like
to read books (specifically anything by Ta-Nehisi Coates or dystopian novels), and
Why PAC?: I enjoyed taking all the core sociology classes (i.e., stats, methods, and theory)
and although they were challenging at times, there was never a dull moment. I want
to help students push through the different moments and realize how interesting and
complex our discipline is!
Favorite class and why: Tocqueville's America because it was a perfect blend of the two disciplines I study.
The class gave me the opportunity to use both the skills and knowledge I acquired
in my sociology classes, as well as the theories I learned in my political science
classes in every discussion. Plus, it was the only class I've ever taken that only
focused on one book, which was very cool!
Academic Advice: Go to your professors' office hours! I am a big proponent of going to see my professors
whenever I have a question or to seek advice on a specific assignment. Every meeting
turns into a discussion about life where I get to know my professors and they get
to know me. The professors at Skidmore are here and willing to help and are super
Sarah Spruill '22
About me: On-campus I am a research assistant in the soc department, a writing center tutor,
and a PHE. Outside of that, I run a blog and I’m a freelance social media creator.
I adore the oxford comma, bullet journaling, studio ghibli movies, baking, and houseplants;
plus I’m currently way too invested in animal crossing.
Why PAC: I joined PAC in part because I love sociology both as a subject and department. Soc
PAC is an amazing space for support and guidance and I am so excited to be a resource
for my peers!
Favorite class and why: Race and Power with Professor Ford solidified my passion for sociology and had a
profound effect not only on my education but on myself.
Academic advice: Find an organization system that works for you! For me, it’s bullet journaling and
for others, it’s just a simple calendar or notes on your phone. Beyond that, be gentle
with and take care of yourself! Your mental health and academics are EQUALLY important.