As a double major in physics and bassoon performance, I’ve learned that spaces matter. A well-thought-out and engineered recital hall makes all the difference for musicians and audiences. Just as I have searched for spaces acoustically fit for performing, I have also searched for a school that would give me the space and flexibility to pursue both my passions: science and music. Ithaca College was that space.
As a junior at Ithaca College, Rochelle Frankson ’13 was already involved in cancer research, contributing data to the collective knowledge the world has about the disease. Frankson’s work may eventually help lead to advances in cancer treatment. “Using the skills that I’ve developed to solve a problem that so many people are facing is a good way to use my time on earth,” she said.
Music was always a big part of Mike Severo’s life. He loved playing the drums. But when it came time to go to college, he wanted to pursue something that he felt would offer a little more stability for the future. The big question was what to study.
“At a lot of institutions, if you’re undeclared you have to find your own way, and it’s an arduous process,” Severo says. “At Ithaca, there’s a concentration on growing organically with the school.”