I am a third-year PhD student in sociology at UC Berkeley. My research interests include gender, technology, sports, and methods. Becoming a sociologist is the best thing I've ever done (this is my personal statement).
In short, I am a sociologist because it is my art: "What happens [in sociology] matters, not in the way that food matters but as poetry does to some people and alcohol does to others: it engages the personality. It has conflict and beauty, and when those two qualities are present together in something offered for public appraisal they represent much of what I understand to be art." I've adopted this quote from Arthur's Hopcraft's "The Football Man.”