Name: David Arbit
Major(s) and Minor: Sociology, minor in biology
Why did you choose Sociology as your major?
I was always interested in our social environments and analyzing aspects of our lives that we take for granted. When I took intro to sociology, I realized that I could study a subject that involved both of those things, and I loved it.
What did you like most about it?
I really liked the way it made me consider things from a completely new perspective. In a way, the major makes you adapt a meta-social perspective in which you analyze even the way that people think and conceptualize things.
What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?
I am in my first year of medical school at NYU. I enjoy the learning process a lot and the social life. Beyond that, it is an incredible privilege to work with patients to help them heal. That is the work that attracted me to medicine in the first place, and although we do less clinical work in the first year, it is always special when we do.
What was your first job after Rutgers and how did you get it?
I went straight to medical school after graduating, but I was a non-traditional student and had military experience before I started my undergrad at Rutgers.
Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?
I really think the ability to think about things in unconventional ways is a skill that helps whenever it is important to think creatively or deal with tough questions. I think the sociology classes really helped me with that. Interestingly though, sometimes out-of-the-box thinking can receive some pushback with people. For example, once in an interview I started discussing how we as a society decide what count as “bad” drugs and what are “good” drugs. The interviewer did not seem ready for such an approach and reacted as though I was advocating for drug use. I realized that I have to be more careful with what I say to people not familiar with sociological lenses, or at least in scenarios that I do not have the time to fully explain my perspective.
What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?
If you want to work after undergrad, start making connections and doing internships while you are still in school. If you have something lined up early, it will help with the post-graduation transition.