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What sort of activities are you involved in now, and why are you involved in them?

Written by Margaret Hibma

Illustration by Harrison Shuldman '08

A question from the " Fuse Guide to Surviving (and Thriving!) Your First Year" answered by eight current IC students

Molly McPike ‘12: I have a campus job, and I am also a student ambassador, which means I give tours, house overnight student guests, and participate in accepted student online chats and telethons.

I am a student ambassador in IC Peers, too, because I love IC and want to make sure prospective students have a lot of information before they make their decisions. I was also part of the MLK day of service, and I've participated in leadership retreats.

Karin Edsall ‘12: I play on the varsity volleyball team, and that keeps me pretty busy during the fall. In the spring, I turn my attention to classes, ballroom dance, and tae kwon do. Beginners are welcome in many clubs, which makes it so much more fun to learn, grow, and get involved in the IC community.

Daniel Brown ‘11: I am the president and cofounder of a film club, IC Movie Night. My roommate and I founded this club to bring together students who enjoy watching films, especially freshmen who may not have had the opportunity to make friends yet.

I am also an editor at iMPrint Magazine. I started writing show reviews and then applied for the editorial position when it became available.

Samantha Stern ‘12: I am involved in varsity cheerleading as well as the gerontology volunteer group called AGES. Being in cheerleading allows me to have a special bond with the other women in the group. AGES is an adult community service group. I am an aging studies major, so joining the group has given me a chance to combine my academic and public service interests.

Katherine Sullivan ‘12: I am involved as a student ambassador in IC Peers, the social network for accepted students only. I decided to get involved because during my college search I benefited from talking to IC students who had been through the decision process. I really wanted to be someone that incoming freshmen could talk to and get help in making their decisions.

Katrina Thoene ‘12: Being on the volleyball team is a huge commitment, but it’s definitely worth it because I love the sport, and I've met so many amazing people on the team. I'm also a member of the PT club, which performs community service on campus and in the community.

I love to go to the many events on campus, too: Ithacappella concerts (which are awesome), stand-up comedy, movie showings, special food nights, and much more!

Kaylee Underkofler ‘11: I work at Wegmans, which I like because it gets me off campus and makes it easy to meet people from the community and Cornell.

I am also a big sister in the Big Brother Big Sister program at the Ithaca Youth Bureau. On campus, I am active in the Physical Therapy Club and on the survivorship committee of Colleges Against Cancer.

Riley Dunn ‘12: I am on the basketball team, which has helped me open up and truly be myself with a completely new group of people. The other girls on the team are like sisters, and I know they would help me if I were struggling for any reason.

I’m also involved in IC Peers, which matches current students with incoming and prospective students to answer questions about the college transition, campus life, and academics.

Ithaca College boasts more than 150 student organizations, from the Anime Society to IC After Dark, KUUMBA Repertory Theatre, and the Women in Business Network, there's a club for every interest. And, of course, there are all kinds of sports you can play here, too!

Add a comment to tell us what activities you're interested in and how you think you'll get involved at Ithaca!

1 Comment

If I am accepted to Ithaca College, I would probably try to come in for a summer session. It would be interesting to see the campus and get a feel for it, as well as meet tons of new people like me who are eager to get started with their adventures at Ithaca. I imagine that I would be a part of the orchestra, or perhaps take private lessons on an instrument. I've played the violin for almost nine years, and as much as I love it, I have a desire to learn the cello. At Ithaca, I can do that! Additionally, I would love to get involved as a student ambassador to help prospective students make the choice and feel welcome on campus. After some research, I learned that there is a YoungLife group in the Ithaca community, so perhaps I could become a college leader for the area. That way, I can connect with high school kids around Ithaca and introduce them to God's Word and help them have a fun time doing so. Lastly, I would love to work behind the scenes for either the TV or radio station. It would be so fascinating to see how everything is put together and be a part of it. Ithaca offers me everything I could want and more, and I'm so excited to potentially attend college here.

Megan Banning
Prospective Student


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