Graduating Senior Spotlight: Q&A with Ahmad Wazwaz
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, MN
Major: Sociology BS - Policy Analysis
Activities you are involved in: Pre-Law Society
Did you participate in any student organizations, Learning Abroad programs, research or internship opportunities, or other related experiences? How have you learned from them?
I was a legislative intern for Senator John Hoffman during the spring 2022 semester. I met a lot of wonderful people and gained valuable insight into how I could fight for causes I'm passionate about by making politics and law more accessible to the average person. I also got to see the importance of holding onto what I've learned in college, as my quantitative analysis of district adjustments was used by my office to shape their campaign budgeting and advertisements. It felt weird being depended on, but it made me realize the value of what I've learned throughout my bachelor’s degree.
What is your favorite class that you took in CLA? Is there a professor that you particularly enjoyed working with? How did they prepare you for the next phase of your life?
One of my favorite courses was WRIT 1301 - University Writing with Professor Angelo Volpe. He focused less on giving students A’s and pushed us to become better writers. Looking back at my work, there's a night-and-day difference before and after I had him. He showed me the importance of not slacking off, as there'll eventually be a point where not giving it your all will set you back.
How would you describe your time in your major?
I'd consider my time with the Department of Sociology very enjoyable and supportive. I had some hiccups (especially with a required class not being taught last year or this year), but my advisor and the rest of the faculty made sure to make my experience as a sociology major as stress-free as possible. I only have great things to say about every SOC instructor, and I've reflected my feelings by TA-ing for SOC 1001 and instilling that passion into my discussion sections.
If you could go back and give your first-year self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Go check out more student clubs. While I didn't really have time, since I commuted and did 20 credits both semesters while working full time, I should've at least dropped by for a few minutes and check out what's there. I plan on amending this by connecting more with student groups in law school.
What's next for you? What are your post-graduation plans?
I have been admitted to the University of Minnesota's Law School, and I'm fairly excited! I never thought I'd be going to law school at 20 years old, but here I am.
Until then, I am going to squeeze in a lot of piano playing and spending time with loved ones. I also have a huge catalog of shows, games, and books I want to get to. I'm on Season 5 of Better Call Saul and plan on picking up the next Zelda game once that comes out.