Glendale, AZ – Josh Brown grew up in the Phoenix-area suburb of Peoria and is well along an educational journey with an end goal of earning a master’s degree in Sociology.
Josh, age 20, graduated from Centennial High School before attending Glendale Community College where he’s finishing up his second year, and plans to attend Arizona State University, “I had fun in high school, but after four years I was pretty much ready for it to be over, and ready to move onto the next step, which was community college. And, it’s kind of the same feeling now at GCC, that I’ve done my time here – and there’s really not a whole lot of difference between high school and GCC in terms of how it’s structured and how the classes are. So now, I’m ready to go to that next ultimate level at ASU, where I can really dive into my sociology studies and I can really study what I want, instead of having to go through a lot of prerequisites (classes).”
Josh explains that his journey to sociology started elsewhere, “When I first started at GCC, I wanted to major in Journalism, but I ended up being on the newspaper staff at college, and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. And, at the same time I was taking an intro to Sociology course and I really enjoyed the teacher, and I really enjoyed the class, and a lot of the things we were studying were things that I was interested in. A lot of questions I had about the world and about different things, were kind of coming into light for me. Stuff that I had always wanted to study or was interested in, but I had never found a class that addressed them – I found in studying sociology.”
Josh adds that he is examining his long-term career opportunities and options, “I’m not entirely confident in what field I would like to go into, but right now I’m kind of bouncing between a job in media research – working for a research company, or a research center – or, going into marketing, working for a marketing company.”
Meanwhile, Josh is among the students who receive specialized mentoring services through College Success Arizona’s team of highly skilled “Success Advisers,” and its partnership with the EXCEL Program, which serves students at Glendale Community College and other community colleges.
Josh’s Success Adviser is Matt Sotelo, “Matt has been a really great help in preparing me for the transition to ASU, while Excel has helped me at GCC solidify classes. And, it has all helped to push me in a subtle way toward the transition that I’ve been making in my degrees. But, Matt has been the guy who has been preparing me for what is beyond community college, which has been really helpful. He’s made the goal of going to ASU seem more attainable than it feels sometimes, and we have serious talks about what I need to do in order to get there. Matt is a good source to talk and he’s a good source of information, and he gives really good advice about both school and personal stuff.”
Josh adds that his family has played a big role in his college success:
“My family has supported me and encouraged my college education from a long time before I was going to college. My dad always said, ‘you have to go to college, you are going to college.’ He never finished college himself and he wanted me to go and get a college education. And, they’ve never really pushed me toward one thing, they’ve always wanted me to do what I want to do in terms of my studies.”
Getting back to the study of Sociology, Josh says, “It’s the study of human behavior on a societal level. So, instead of studying individuals, sociologists try to study people as groups, as clusters in a way. We don’t look at individual behavior, but we look at how society works as a whole, and also the values of an entire society and how that influences their decisions, and influences how the people within those societies, are raised and act.”
Beyond the books, Josh enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and listening to music.
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