Pooja Goel is doing her Double Major in Political Science and Public Relations from University of Southern California.
Do you have a favorite POSC class/professor? What makes the class/professor special?
My favorite POSC professor is definitely Prof. Eliz Sanasarian. She is honestly the most passionate and genuinely caring teacher I have ever had in my life. Her passion makes me interested in everything she talks about during her lectures, and since she has had so many experiences in her life so far, I have so much to learn from her. I also love how she facilitates discussions, enabling us to comment and give our input on texts and reading, rather than just lecturing at us the entire time. Furthermore, she gives us many opportunities to freely explore topics that we are specifically interested in. She relates all abstract concepts to relevant, present-day issues, which makes her classes that much more valuable.
When did you decide to major in POSC? How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and interesting career?
I have known that I wanted to major in political science for as long as I can remember. I have always had a deep interest in how the government functions and from where it gets its power. I love how political science is so relevant to everyday life, and whenever I can connect a theory or concept from class to current events, I feel as if I have truly grown not just as a student, but also as a globally aware citizen.
Do you plan to study abroad/away? If so, how will studying abroad impact your POSC career?
I hope to study abroad in a Spanish speaking country, as I took Spanish for seven years throughout middle and high school. I think that studying abroad will impact my POSC career in that it will make me a more open-minded person, more accepting of differences and diversity in general. In addition, I will be able to learn about the government system of a new country and then compare it to our government, analyzing the pros and cons of each, and finding both differences and commonalities in beliefs.
What are your post-graduation plans? How do you think the major will help you after graduation?
I would like to attend law school upon graduation, and then work in the field of white-collar crimes. I am extremely interested in the intersection of law and government, and I hope to find that connection in whatever career I go into. My political science classes so far have already enabled me to find connections between these two areas, and I have truly realized how much they depend on each other. After graduation, I will be able to apply everything I am learning right now to real life, which is something that excites me so much.
What are some of your extracurricular activities?
I am a news writer for the Daily Trojan. I am also a USG community affairs delegate. In addition, I am a part of the Scholars Leading Scholars curriculum committee, in which I help design the mentoring curriculum and assist in other organizational tasks. I am a member of SCIA, through which I have gotten to meet so many new people who share the same roots as me.