Her first-hand exposure to racism, sexism and classism led her to want to explore privilege and marginalisation for herself.
“Studying sociology at A level also made me realise several notions I had about society were founded on common misconceptions and I wanted to learn more so I decided to apply to Essex.”
Three years later, Olivia is graduating with a BA Sociology.
The rich history of the department and its international reputation together with the University’s multi-racial and culturally diverse student population were key to her choice and her activities and studies have shown her that Essex has lived up to her expectations.
To make the most of her time and to learn more about the subject, Olivia stood as President of the Sociology Society alongside her studies.
“I wanted to promote the study of sociology, create a space which allows conversation and therefore an environment which motivates learning and societal change,” she explains.
Organising meetings and forming networks to explore the sociological discipline expanded her interest even further and she really enjoyed putting together collaborations with other societies such as Psychology and Feminism to look at their fields of study through a range of contexts and engage with students from other disciplines.