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Erica Riley

Class of 2011
Major/Minor: Sociology with a minor in Gender Studies and Spanish

During my senior year, my “Sociology of the Body” class was the major catalyst towards seeking a Master’s degree in Social Work. I can confidently say that every class I took with her [Dr. Anderson] helped affirm my ideal career path. 

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your LAE in your current career?

I believe that my liberal arts education has greatly assisted with developing leadership, communication, and critical thinking techniques. In my current field of social work, these are valuable tools towards navigating the complexities of human services. 

Who was your favorite faculty member? Story?

Dr. Anderson was my favorite faculty at Washington College. She was by far one of the most challenging professors I had but I am able to attribute my personal, professional, and scholastic achievements towards what I learned in her classes. During my senior year, my “Sociology of the Body” class was the major catalyst towards seeking a Master’s degree in Social Work. I can confidently say that every class I took with her ultimately helped affirm my ideal career path. 

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

Snowpocalypse during the 2009/2010 academic year. Campus was closed for a week, and while I’m sure most eventually grew tired of all the snow, it was a great moment to embellish in childhood antics such as snowball fights. 

Did your Senior Capstone Experience have a major influence on your future career or your personal growth? If so, please explain what your SCE entailed and how it influenced who or where you are today. 

My thesis was about how print advertisements affect the way society perceives what a “normal” human body looks like, and my following career and academic endeavors are likewise based from a sociological/feminist perspective. My ultimate career goal is trauma counseling for victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault and I certainly believe this passion was initially fueled by my SCE. 

Campus Involvement
  • Resident Assistant
  • MHEC
Graduate School:

Salisbury University, class of 2017