With justice — and basic human needs — for all

By

Bryan Beach

Editor's note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2016 commencement. See the rest here .

Sarah Moser is a Barrett, the Honors College student who is graduating with bachelor of science degrees in justice studies and sociology from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She was selected as a Bidstrup Undergraduate Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year in recognition of her commitment to academic excellence. She is using the funds provided by the fellowship to carry out her thesis project involving female service providers on a local and national level, with a specific focus on the underrepresentation of female firefighters.

Question: What was your “aha” moment, when you realized you wanted to study the field you majored in?

Answer: I majored justice studies and sociology because I initially thought I wanted to attend law school.

Q: What’s something you learned while at ASU — in the classroom or otherwise — that surprised you, that changed your perspective?

A: When first attending ASU I was initially surprised at the amount of coursework posted online. This was the first time that my reading material, assignments and tests were based online even though I was attending in-person classes. I realized quickly that a computer was necessary for success in college!

Q: Why did you choose ASU?

A: I chose to attend ASU because of the scholarships and aid offered, and because I was interested in pursuing a justice studies degree.

Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’d give to those still in school?

A: I would advise students to attend office hours. Forming a relationship with a few professors can lead to possible research opportunities, letters of recommendation and improved test scores. Plus, finding a mentor is actually really helpful when trying to survive and navigate through college.

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

A: After I graduate in May, I will continue at ASU to pursue my master's degree in justice studies with the 4+1 program . After my master's, I hope to work for the federal government to address some policy-relevant social and justice issues.

Q: If someone gave you $40 million to solve one problem on our planet, what would you tackle?

A: I think that there are many local and global issues that need addressing; specifically, I think it is crucial to address issues of basic human needs — food, water, shelter. These basic human rights should be ensured and provided to all, and with $40 million dollars, I think that positive change could happen.