Hey guys! My name is Alanis Irigoyen and my preferred pronouns are she/her. I am a first year grad student in the Sociology Program concentrating on Digital Sociology. I am currently residing in Richmond, Va but I’m from Norfolk, Va..not too far off. I actually did my undergrad at VCU and got my B.S. in Sociology.
My research interests are still sort of up in the air, but I have found myself being drawn to how the usage of social media platforms affect our mental health. But since the rise of social media has become so increasing over the past few years, there’s so much more to unpack when it comes to social media and how it affects us overall. I also have recently found that I am not a fan of how polarizing news outlets have become and its aided in a lot of misinformation. There’s a lot in that field that I’d like to get into as well. I think finding a way to provide news in a neutralized way would help a lot of people come together.
That being said, I have very little programming experience unless you want to count a couple weeks of SAS course training. That is why I am eager to expand in that field and become more proficient in programming, which is what I know this class will help me achieve.
I’ll end by saying that I have an obsession with Korean hot noodles (Samyang brand to be exact) so I guess that’s a pretty “interesting/unique” fact about me if that counts as one 🙂