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Read What Our Students Have to Say

We asked some of our most recent Pre-Health Profession students what they thought of the program.

Khadija Musa ’23

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I’m a first-year student, but not only that I’m also a first-generation college student and also a first-generation American. Upon entering Ithaca College I had no idea what I wanted to pursue, however, I did know that I wanted to go into the health field.

Being a part of the Pre-Professional program has given me a hand and assisted me in navigating me through various career paths and majors offered here at IC. This program introduced me to a wide variety of health professionals by having several presenters with diverse backgrounds come into class and speak about their profession.

Because I was given the opportunity to explore, I have found an interest in Therapeutic Recreation, which is something that I discovered while keeping an open mind and having my options open. I have greatly benefited from the support and guidance of this program, which I am glad and thankful to be a part of.

After learning more about the field and the options available, I was confident choosing my major and am now formerly enrolled as an Exercise Science major with a concentration in Medical Science. There is no doubt that the Pre-Professional Program was the right choice for me!

Kelly Malepe ‘22

Vladimir Doroshenko ’22

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“Being involved in the Pre-Professional program has been a great way to begin my college life and future career.  It has been a phenomenal advising experience, I am grateful for the care and concern that I have received.   

“The Introduction to the Health Professions course really educated me on all the health careers and pathways I can explore at Ithaca College in order to reach my educational goals.”

I was also able to be involved in a few of the events that were organized by the program.  I hope to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. If anyone is not sure what major they should choose, this program is the one for them!

I love living in beautiful Ithaca and visiting the surrounding communities too!”

I am looking forward to taking the necessary steps to pursue my future career. I am excited to help people and improve their lives. The Pre-Professional Program has helped me find my passion and has made me excited for the future!

Greg Lee ’19

Kelly Malepe ’22

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As a first-year student, I knew I was interested in health sciences, but didn’t know what career path I wanted to pursue.  The program introduced me to a variety of options – many of which I had not previously considered. The program gave me the opportunity to interact with upperclassmen, professors and a variety of professionals in the health sciences field.   

Additionally, I spent a significant amount of time with my faculty advisor who helped me navigate the process and explore my options. After learning more about the field and the options available, I was confident choosing my major and am now formerly enrolled as an Exercise Science major with a concentration in Medical Science.

There is no doubt that the Pre-Professional Program was the right choice for me!

Samantha Bonocora ’23

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The program allowed me to gain knowledge about different professions from various presenters. I was able to learn and determine which careers I found intriguing and possibly wanted to learn more about.

“In particular, I was very interested in speech-language pathology because it made me realize that the ability to communicate is often taken for granted by most people, while others continue to struggle. This put in perspective what it is like to not be able to convey your wants and needs, which inspired me to want to help.

“Also, the program provided me with opportunities to explore and discover my passion [in the field].  [I was able to go to] Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, NY. This allowed me to obtain knowledge about the role of a Speech Language Pathologist in a hospital setting and working with children.