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Doing It All

Written by Conor Harrington

Five IC students balance classwork and extracurricular interests.

It’s 5:10 on a Wednesday morning, and Morgan Ewing is headed to crew practice. A few hours later, he eats breakfast, then works in the Student Government Association (SGA) office until noon, grabs lunch, heads to class, runs errands, attends his senior seminar, then goes straight to a senior gift committee meeting, ending the day with a two-hour-long SGA meeting. It seems crazy, but this sort of schedule is typical for many Ithaca College students (who also manage to squeeze in sleeping, studying, and socializing with friends!). Although academics are always their main priority, students take advantage of the many clubs, sports teams, and community service organizations that the College offers. Here are five examples of all-star Ithacans who balance academics with out-of-class activities.


Morgan Ewing '11 works out with the Ithaca College Crew Team at the Ithaca Boathouse. Photo by Jacob Lifschultz.

Morgan Ewing ’11

Majors: History and Politics

  • Crew

  • Vice President of Academics for Student Government Association

  • Resident Assistant

  • Climate Action Plan Facilities Task Force

  • Academic Policies Planning Committee

Ewing does the ultimate balancing act as an intercollegiate athlete and a fixture on the IC academic scene. Studying is his number-one priority, but he still makes time for his student government position, which he sees as crucial to keeping students informed on the latest academic news that shapes their college careers.

Ewing is incredibly passionate about rowing. And he’d better be—the team has five three-hour practices a week year-round and regattas every weekend in the spring. “It’s a great way to stay focused and relaxed during the day, because you can’t worry about school or anything else when you’re on the water,” he says. Ewing plans to use what he’s learned at IC to enter the Peace Corps after graduation and someday make a name for himself in government.


Rachel Heiss '13 at volunteers for a day of service at the local Ithaca library. Photo by Colleen Cunha.

Rachel Heiss ’13

Major: Integrated Marketing Communications

Minor: International Communications

  • Student Leadership Consultant

  • Sophomore Senator for the Student Government Association

  • Park School Dean’s Host

  • Student Director to the Ithaca College Alumni Association

As the student director of the Alumni Association, Heiss serves as the student liaison between alumni and the College, attending alumni board meetings, cochairing the Fall Splash Alumni Weekend committee, and writing a column for the alumni e-newsletter. On campus, she uses her role as a student government senator to enact changes proposed by her peers, coordinating events, and administering surveys to get feedback from her classmates. She also leads tours as a Dean’s Host for the Roy H. Park School of Communications.

How does she do it all? “The people in all of my activities are so outstanding, and that’s why I do everything,” she says. “I’ve met some of my best friends through my involvement.” Heiss, who wants to work in account management at a large advertising agency after graduation, says time management is the key. “If I lost my planner, you would find me crying in a corner. I literally have four planners, and I don’t know what I would do without them.”


Sudie Robinson '12 in the lab. Photo by Allison Usavage.

Sudie Ann Robinson ’12

Major: Biochemistry

Minors: Health and Honors

  • Teaching Assistant for Anatomy and Physiology and Chemistry

  • Vice President of Caribbean Student Association

  • Amani Gospel Singers

  • Patient Advocate at Cayuga Medical Center

When Robinson was looking at schools to attend, it was IC and its endless opportunities for involvement that drew her from her native Jamaica.

“Ithaca College has opened so many doors for me,” Robinson says.

Her activities, such as Amani Gospel Singers, keep her going during a hectic day. “I will be singing and just forget all the other things that I have to do, and when I am done, I feel energized to do my homework.”

Her major may be a handful at times, but she likes to share her passion for science with other students and her international friends by tutoring them in her spare time.

The aspiring cardiologist credits organization and time management for her success. With her diverse experiences, she really could end up being a doctor without borders.


Jake Tenenbaum '11 (center) meets with Caitlyn Reinecker '11 and Professor Mark Cordano. Photos by Lauren DeCicca.

Jake Tenenbaum ’12

Major: Business Administration

Concentrations: Marketing and International Business

Minor: Integrated Marketing Communications

  • Vice President of American Marketing Association— IC Chapter

  • School of Business Senator for Student Government Association

  • School of Business Peer Advisor

  • Office of Admission President’s Host

Tenenbaum has been balancing a packed schedule for quite some time now. “I think fourth grade was the point when I stopped being a slacker and got involved,” he jokes.

Since coming to Ithaca College, Tenenbaum has taken full advantage of the many clubs and positions available in and out of the business school. “At no other school can you get this hands-on experience,” he says.

Tenenbaum assists business professor Mark Cordano with the Strategic Management senior capstone course, preparing information regarding M.B.A. programs and global business tactics for the students.

With his impressive résumé, Tenenbaum would ultimately like to be an international marketing consultant. “My future holds something big and exciting.”

Sheraz Iqbal 2012 helps distribute care packages as part of his job at the Student Activities Center. Photo by Anika Steppe.

Sheraz Iqbal ’12

Major: Mathematics

  • President of Residence Hall Association

  • Diversity Peers Educator

  • Resident Assistant

  • Member of Brothers for Brothers

  • Intramural Soccer, Softball, and Volleyball

“I was told once that 50 percent of the things you learn in college come from academics and the other 50 percent come from everything else,” says Iqbal. “I can now say that firsthand because of all the things I’m involved in.”

Iqbal is known for his elaborate floor programs and door decorations that bring his floor together and really set him apart from the other RAs on campus. As the president of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), he helps plan large-scale events, like IC’s annual Earth Day celebration.

“RHA is the most fun because there is so much to do,” he says. “It’s very easy to get involved, which is a perk of being here. There are so many options, and you can even make your own organization.”

Iqbal is so passionate about residence life that he plans to become a residence director and pursue a graduate degree in student affairs administration.


Watch our video interview with Sheraz Iqbal '12 discussing his job as RHA President:




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