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Tessa C. Perchansky

This is a photo of Tessa Perchansky. Tessa is wearing a dark black suit and has wavy dark hair.

When I came to Ithaca College in the fall of 2016, I had no idea how big of an impact the next four years would have on me. I entered college as a music education major because music mentors throughout my life taught me music can be healing and left a lasting impact. While I quickly discovered that music education wasn’t the right fit for me, music led me to the Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education as a health science major and music is still a very important part who I am. I chose health science as my major because I intend to pursue a career in medicine and I saw this major as an opportunity to explore all of the components of healthcare. After graduation, I will be attending medical school to continue my journey towards becoming a physician.

I had many great experiences at Ithaca College that shaped me into who I am today. Most memorable is the time that I spent as an intern with the cardiac rehabilitation program at the Cayuga Wellness Center. Working with the cardiac rehab team and helping patients progress through the program has been one of my most rewarding experiences thus far. I developed countless invaluable skills during my time at Ithaca College that will help continue to propel my career and confidence forward.

Academic Achievements and Personal Highlights

  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Dean’s List
  • Spirit of Competition Question and Answer Award, Penn State Case Competition
  • Ithaca College Residence Hall Association, National Communications Coordinator
  • Campus Band, Clarinet Section Leader
  • Internship, Cayuga Wellness Center, Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Internship, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Internship, Patient Care Advocacy Team
  • Music as Medicine Volunteer, Cayuga Ridge
  • Resident Assistant