Luke Heisinger ‘16
Major: Planned Studies – Communication and Social Entrepreneurship
Minors: Honors Program
How did you choose your major?
During my first semester of college, I was introduced to the Planned Studies Program. Planned Studies allows students to work with faculty to design a unique degree addressing academic goals that cannot be accomplished within an existing major. Because I could not see another major wholly satisfying my passion for cross-cultural living and not-for-profit work, Planned Studies afforded me the opportunity to not just simply choose a major, but craft one class by class around my specific interests.
What was your favorite resource to use when you were an Exploratory student?
My favorite resource was talking to my academic advisor and other faculty. Professors have a wealth of knowledge about their own fields of study and the programs available at Ithaca. They also give great advice to a variety of students who are unsure of what to pursue in college. When developing my Planned Studies degree, I worked with two program directors, a personal mentor, and half a dozen professors. My degree would not have happened without their ideas, suggestions, and feedback.
What do you like most about the Exploratory Program?
I really like that the Exploratory Program does not treat undecided students as a large group that needs to be dealt with, but instead are offered special seminars, early registration, and a standalone academic program with faculty and student mentorship. These resources are specifically designed to help Exploratory students learn across a diversity of fields and choose their major(s) on an individual basis.
What is your biggest piece of advice to other Exploratory students?
Do not be afraid to ask for help. Talking with someone else about your passions and interests is a great way to sort out your career goals and find the major that is right for you. Every professor on campus chose their career because they love working with students. Do not deprive yourself of their years of experience and expertise.
What extracurriculars are you involved with on campus?
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Program
Ithaca College Protestant Community
List any recent accomplishments.
Spring 2015 Study Abroad: Christchurch, New Zealand
RMI Remote EMT Course