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Posted by Thomas Rochon at 12:16PM   |  Add a comment
What would you say to the IC president during an elevator ride?


I am so excited to be at this school. I want to thank you for making Ithaca College feel so homey and welcoming. Especially as a freshman, I miss my home a lot, but I know that Ithaca was the right choice for me. It was very nice meeting you, and hopefully I will be able to talk to you again.

These words were never actually spoken. Finding herself with a few minutes at the end of a freshman class in our physical therapy program, Professor Barb Belyea asked her students to imagine themselves in an elevator with me. What would they want to say in the few moments we would have together? Her students dug into the impromptu assignment with gusto, and Professor Belyea was kind enough to send me the results. 

My experience at Ithaca has been amazing so far. I fell in love the first time I visited and still get that feeling now. Something about college pulls out this optimistic side of me that is not the same when I am at home. The professors of my classes want us to succeed and are a fantastic group of people. The students are welcoming and friendly, making for a complete sense of community throughout the campus.

I really like IC. I wish there were more time in the day to do and participate in the activities, clubs, and events that happen on campus. There are so many different and diverse people here that I’ve come to learn from, enjoy my time with, and become friends with. The professors I have encountered thus far are extremely helpful, understanding, and knowledgeable in their specific areas. Overall, I am loving my college experience. (I would like more activities that IC students and the community can participate in together on the weekends though.)

It’s a great school. I’ve met a lot of people who I can relate to, and get along with. My classes are all challenging and my professors are always ready to help me. … Transitioning into college was a fear of mine but it was very easy to do it here at Ithaca. Everyone is extremely welcoming and I’m glad to be here and be a part of Ithaca College.

Ithaca College is such an amazing, diverse school, and I’m so glad to say that I’m a Bomber. I may be kind of shy at times, and may not get involved in many things on campus, but I enjoy seeing all the life and uniqueness that is here.

Transitioning into college was a fear of mine but it was very easy to do it here at Ithaca. Everyone is extremely welcoming and I’m glad to be here and be a part of Ithaca College.

It was heartwarming to read these testimonials to the quality of our academic and residential community. It was also interesting to see what students would focus on if they had my ear for a minute or two.

I have enjoyed my Ithaca College experience so far. … My only complaint with college is the dependence on technology for assignments.  If a laptop were to crash, it would set students far back on work and notifications. Broadening the range of ways we spread information would be a good idea. Other than that, I love the school and have a nice day.

Understandably, a number of students would use the elevator ride to express their particular desires for change at IC:

I’ve enjoyed my time here at IC so far. The only things, as of now, that I would change would be the hours of the dining halls, especially on the weekends.

Squash courts should be built because there are a lot of people that would love to play whenever they wanted to.

Sometimes, alarms go off in Bogart [Residence] Hall and I’m not sure what they’re for so maybe you should get maintenance to check out the area for malfunctions.

I was able to get the alarm system in Bogart Hall checked out, but fortunately in other cases students are aware of the limits to my power: “I wish it could be warmer but there is not much you could do about that.”

Finally, several students wanted to be sure to get in a question or two themselves. Most common was, “What made you want to become president of a school like this?” 

After reading what Professor Belyea’s students would say to me in an elevator, I am sure the answer to that question is obvious. 


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