Whether it was working with the Cornell Women’s Ice Hockey team and having a record-breaking season, the passing of a dear friend and fellow athletic training classmate, or the numerous hours put into my clinical education, they all have the same common theme of relationships. I was looking for a team atmosphere coming to college, and I found something greater, family. I will be forever grateful for Ithaca College’s athletic training program, the staff, and the unforgettable experiences for challenging me to strive for greatness and reminding me to not take anything for granted.
Emily Condello '20 - Athletic Training
Olutayo Akinboboye '20 - Clinical Health Studies
Having two older siblings who were interested in the medical field gave me an early exposure to what I could potentially study in college. After I shadowed at Peak Physical Therapy in Newburgh, NY, I knew that I wanted to become a physical therapist in the future. Physical therapy is a profession that provides a great opportunity to make a difference in many lives. Ithaca College gave me the option to complete the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as continue to play football, a sport that I love. Ultimately, it was an easy decision to commit to the next six years of my life in Ithaca, NY.
Elizabeth Jesch '20 - Public and Community Health
The opportunities I’ve had at Ithaca College have formed me as a person and shaped my commitment to public health nutrition. I’ve had the privilege to be a teaching assistant for multiple nutrition courses, which enabled me to develop a passion for nutrition promotion and teaching. I also helped conduct research regarding the prevalence of food insecurity within the Ithaca College student population. This experience allowed me to kindle an interest in research and advocacy. Ithaca College has given me the experiences and skills to positively impact the health of my community after graduation.
Rosileny Custodio '20 - Therapeutic Recreation
Ithaca College was the first school that I visited outside of New York City and it quickly became my home away from home. It was the environmental change I needed in order to thrive in higher education. Through the preprofessional program, I discovered therapeutic recreation. After exploring different curriculums, I decided that this major best suited me. Looking at the many minors that Ithaca College offers, I was excited to see that they offered a deaf studies minor. American Sign Language (ASL) was always a language of beauty and fascination for me, so when I had the chance to take ASL classes, I was thrilled! After graduation and working for a little, I plan to move back to Australia and obtain my master’s in public health.
Matthew Darby '20 - Occupational Science
When I was in preschool I received occupational therapy services. Going to occupational therapy was my favorite part of the day because I got to do a lot of fun activities with my therapist. However, it was not until I started elementary school in my hometown of Guilderland, NY, when I realized how much occupational therapy helped me. The impact occupational therapy had on me inspired me to pursue it as a career. When I was looking at schools, I was drawn to Ithaca College’s program and the size of the campus.
Angelique Atlas '20 - Outdoor Adventure Leadership
I came to Ithaca College my junior year as a transfer student majoring in outdoor adventure leadership and minoring in environmental studies. I stumbled upon the field of outdoor education almost by mistake while I was still a student at the University of New Hampshire when I decided to take a backpacking class and I have been hooked ever since. I discovered Ithaca’s outdoor adventure leadership program and chose it because of all of the opportunities offered to get hands-on and research experience in the field. My decision to come to Ithaca College only furthered my love for the field by allowing me to expand my knowledge towards theoretical, leadership, facilitation, and socioemotional skills.
Lucy Hemingway '20 - Speech-Language Pathology
I value the many opportunities I’ve had at Ithaca College to get involved in the campus community and within my major and minor studies. The emphasis my professors placed on working interprofessionally led to my participation in the Penn State MHA Case Competition. Working with two other Ithaca College health professional students, our team presented a clear and innovative solution and won 1st place. I was happy to then be a member of the planning committee for Ithaca College’s successful inaugural HSHP Interprofessional Case Competition. Ithaca College has enabled me to grow as a student and an individual and I will forever be grateful for this start to my career in speech-language pathology.