Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

Email: sgriffin@ithaca.edu
From: Scarborough, Maine
Class of 2020
Major: Biology
Minors: Theatre; Honors

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?

I do multiple club sports as well as the occasional student theatre production.

Are you involved in the Honors, Leadership Scholar, MLK Scholar, or Park Scholar Program?

I am in the Honors Program, which has allowed me to take many interesting classes outside of my normal major and minor classes. It also allowed me to participate in Partners in the Parks, an experiential learning trip that I went on in Olympic National Park two summers ago. It was an incredible experience, and I am forever thankful to the Honors Program for giving me that opportunity.

Where have you studied abroad?

I studied abroad spring 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. It was hands down the best experience of my life; I loved immersing myself in the culture and exploring the country. I directly enrolled at a university there, which allowed me to take classes with students from all over the world and really helped me get the most out of my time there.

Have you been engaged in research, internship opportunities, student teaching, or conferences?

I have been involved in research in the Center for Natural Sciences since my sophomore year. I studied the adhesive properties of the mucus of the slug Arion subfuscus in the lab of Dr. Andy Smith for two years, and during my senior year joined the ornithology lab of Dr. Nanda Cortes to monitor local bird migration. I am also a teaching assistant in the biology department, which has been a great experience because it allows me to both help other students and keep my own knowledge fresh.

Are you involved in IC athletics?

  • IC Club Swimming
  • IC Club Fencing

I have been on the club swim team all four years and am currently the co-president. I also do club fencing (foil), which I have been a part of since sophomore year.

What’s your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite place on campus is the tables in the Center for Natural Sciences. I started doing homework while sitting at a table sophomore year in order to get to know people in the department better, and it is where I ended up meeting some of my best friends. We eventually pushed several of them together to form “mega-table,” which we always study and hang out at during the day. It’s a really great spot because you’re right by the windows and professors, and students are always coming and going, so you always have people to talk to, which really helps make you feel like part of a community!

Is there anything else you would want to share with a prospective student?

Making the decision on where to go to college is challenging and scary, and it may be that no school is perfect for you. I chose Ithaca because it had small class sizes for my major and a good theatre department for my minor, and I worried I had made a mistake at first. But over time, Ithaca became my second home, and I cherish every memory I have made because of IC, whether it’s my time abroad or my first time presenting research, or even the time my friends and I smuggled 12 bananas from the dining hall freshman year. Ultimately college will be what you make of it, and it’s important to trust yourself and try new things, plan ahead, and know that you can be happy wherever you end up.