From: Walpole, Massachusetts
Class of 2020, BS
Class of 2022, DPT
Majors: Clinical Health Studies/Physical Therapy (B.S./D.P.T.); Music in Combination with an Outside Field (B.M.)
What clubs/organizations are you involved in?
- IC Club Swimming
- IC Wind Ensemble (piccolo/flute)
- American Physical Therapy Association Liaison for IC Physical Therapy Student Association
- IC Campus Band
- Sinfonietta Orchestra
- IC Campus Choir
- IC Flute Ensemble
- Gamer Symphony Orchestra
- Music Dean’s Advisory Council
- IC Club Sport Council
- IC Flute Association
Have you been engaged in research, internship opportunities, student teaching, or conferences?
I attended the National Flute Association Convention in August 2018 with several members of the flute studio. It was an incredible networking and educational experience, not to mention a blast! I got to perform at Lincoln Center in New York City with the IC Wind Ensemble and Wind Symphony in April 2019. I will never forget that transformative musical experience, and I am forever grateful for the School of Music for providing me with that opportunity.
Are you involved in IC athletics?
During sophomore year, I was treasurer and then junior year I was president of IC Club Swimming. I attended the College Club Swimming National Championship three years in a row with almost 2,000 other athletes. Leading all the administrative and fun duties of a team was the most rewarding extracurricular I did in undergrad. Go Narwhals!
Why did you choose Ithaca College?
I chose Ithaca College because it had absolutely every academic and extracurricular opportunity I could imagine that would make me happy, all packaged in one stunning campus. I fell in love with not only the idyllic mini-city but also the vibrant and supportive community of faculty and students. I feel like such a strong member of this community, not just a face or number. The faculty and network associated with Ithaca make me so proud to get degrees from here.
The nuts and bolts of my college search process involved some pretty specific wishes: I was looking for a six-year, direct-entry physical therapy program at a school where I could be pushed and supported musically. I also was looking for a school that had some of my other unrelated passions, so I could have the opportunity to pursue those—nutrition, dance, German, exercise science, etc.—if I had time! Never in a million years would I ever have imagined that such a school would exist to allow me to pursue both as dual degrees (it wasn’t easy, and I can’t say I would recommend the workload!), but I feel so fulfilled as a student and human that I wouldn’t go back and change anything.
As a senior, I feel completely transformed as a student clinician, musician, and human because of my interactions and experiences here. I am so grateful to spend six years in a place that I will always call my home.
Is there anything else you would want to share with a prospective student?
I am pretty involved off campus as well! I used to work at Ithaca Bakery downtown, I am a member of an AMAZING CrossFit gym and community at CrossFit Pallas, and I am a USA Swim Coach for children and teens for Swim Ithaca! I also have been a volunteer musician at Cayuga Ridge nursing facility as part of a class called Exploring Music as Medicine.
My final advice for you is to make sure you seize EVERY opportunity to explore hidden corners of Ithaca. There are so many stunning spots that make adventuring always exciting! I promise you that it will make you feel even more at home here.