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Fuse Guide to Surviving (and Thriving!) Your First Year

Written by Margaret Hibma

Illustration by Harrison Shuldman '08

As a high-school student, you probably have lots of questions about what IC will really be like. Fuse interviewed eight Ithaca College students about what they were most concerned about as they prepared for college -- and asked what advice they’d give prospective students just like you.

Introducing Our Student Panelists

President and founder of IC Movie Night Daniel Brown '11 is also an editor at Ithaca's iMPrint Magazine. He’s a politics major from Washington, D.C., who participated in Jump Start and INVOLVED his first year.

Riley Dunn '12
is in the exploratory program but seriously considering majoring in exercise science. Riley loves "playing basketball, hanging out with my friends, and laughing."

Karin Edsall '12 is also taking advantage of Ithaca's exploratory program. “College searching last year, I was looking for a relatively small campus that housed a connected and kind community,” says Karin. “Ithaca was my top choice, and I am happy to be here.”

Psychology major Molly McPike '12 participated in Jump Start and Leadership Retreat in her first year, plus she’s an IC Peers student ambassador and a member of the American Sign Language Club.

Samantha Stern '12 grew up in a little town called Cornwall on the Hudson River. She’s an aging studies major, an avid cheerleader, and a dedicated volunteer.

Katherine Sullivan '12
hopes to sing opera professionally one day. She’s a performance and music education major from North Andover, Massachusetts.

Katrina Thoene '12 is a physical therapy major from New Jersey whose interests include “volleyball (I'm on the women’s team here), dancing, ceramics, traveling, the outdoors (I’m very environmentally aware), fashion (shopping), and much more!”

Another physical therapy major Kaylee Underkofler '12 has an “awesome view” from her room on the eighth floor of the East Tower. She’s involved in Colleges Against Cancer, the Physical Therapy Club, and One-to-One Big Brothers Big Sisters -- and still has enough energy to hold a part-time job at Wegmans.

Follow the links at right for answers from our student panelists to questions about freshman year!



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