The Sociological Imagination Within The Medical School

873 WordsFeb 22, 20164 Pages
There are other instances where the sociological imagination takes place in my route to entering medical school. The concept of race is another example of a force that is unforeseen, but plays a role in my life. As Marcy C. Waters describes “Skin color is an important ascribed characteristic in American society. Less visible are national origin and nationality” (Optional Ethnicities: For Whites Only? 228). Essentially, race and nationality are forces that one does not have control over, but play crucial roles in his or her live. The concept of race can be traced to my past. For instance, when applying to college, a factor that colleges consider is the race or ethnicity of the applicant. Although some colleges may deny it, there are varying degrees of selection that are dependent on race. For instance, it may be easier for someone of African-American descent to get into college than someone of Asian descent. This concept of race does not only effect my past, but also plays a role in my future. When I apply to medical school, my race will be considered and it will play a factor in deciding if I get into medical school or not. I have no control of my race as it is something I am born with. It is another demonstration of the sociological imagination. Essentially, even if I focus on the many credentials of getting into medical school, there are uncontrolled sociological factors such as race that influence my chances of getting into medical school. These are social forces beyond
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