Sonia Narang Shaw
I am originally from Canton, Michigan where I attended a very large high school of almost 10,000 students. When it came down to the decision of choosing a college, I knew I belonged at a smaller school where I could receive an education and where I was not just a number. I was so excited when I learned about the University of West Alabama (and it being only an hour from my grandparent’s house) I decided to give it a shot. UWA was just the right size; it was large enough to offer the college experience but small enough to where I could get involved and enjoy the smaller classrooms that I desired. Throughout my experience at UWA, I tried to stay involved on campus while also focusing on my academics. I was a member of Phi Mu fraternity and also a part of the band. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a concentration track in Social Work and a minor in Special Education, and in 2015 graduated with my Master’s in Counseling and Psychology. I fell in love with UWA and all that it had to offer and was so excited when I was offered a position to work for the institution that I fell in love with many years ago.
Favorite Place on Campus:
My favorite place on campus is the Student Union Building. The two-story building offers a peaceful environment, I spent many days as an undergrad and grad studying on the second floor while finding my passion to work out on the first floor of the SUB.
Favorite UWA Tradition:
I love Homecoming week! This is a great time for students to participate and get involved on campus. I enjoyed all of the events of Homecoming week had to offer- from the hunt for the Key to Victory, Serendipity, fireworks, pep rally — all leading up to the football game. It really is a great time to be a Tiger!
What do you love most about UWA:
Honestly, I would say I love everything about UWA from the people, classroom sizes, school spirit, and campus life. I love that I have been able to call Livingston my home away from home. I can truly say there is something about this place and I am so glad I chose UWA.
Piece of Advice for Prospective Students:
Your college experience only happens once. Make the best out of it! I would advise you to really focus on your academics while also making time to get involved. UWA has a lot to offer, so when you have some free time, make new friends, join a sorority/ fraternity, or try out for the band or a sport. Whatever you do, find a way to get involved on campus and make the best out of your college experience.