Cara Cirino

Cara Cirino

Email: ccirino@ithaca.edu
From: Croton on Hudson, New York
Class of 2022
Major: Economics
Minors: Business Analytics; Honors

What clubs/organizations are you involved in?

  • Through my involvement in Students Today Alumni Tomorrow, I promote school spirit and philanthropy on campus. I am on the Spirit Week Committee and take the lead on planning a week’s worth of events to hype up the student body leading up to Cortaca, the big football game against our rivals at SUNY Cortland.
  • I also write for an ICTV show called After Hours. Comedy-sketch writing and improvisation are some of my passions, and becoming a part of the After Hours crew was a perfect creative outlet for me. It has also been really great to be involved with the Park School in this capacity because I get my perfect blend of comedy on the side with a main focus on the social sciences academically.

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

I am pursuing a minor in the Honors Program. My favorite class at IC so far was actually an honors class called Cultural Encounters. The coursework consisted of attending at least 25 events on campus throughout a semester. This was an amazing way to see some of the fantastic performances, speakers, games, celebrations, etc., put on by Ithaca College students. Cultural Encounters definitely inspired me to go out to events as frequently as I can.

Are you involved in IC athletics?

In high school, I was a three-season athlete. In college, I struggled with figuring out how to incorporate athletics into my new lifestyle. Then, I started signing up for fitness classes in addition to going to the gym, and it was the perfect fit for me. The highlight of my week is always my Zumba class. I attend this high-energy dance workout at the Fitness Center. Zumba, along with other exercise classes, are student-led and are included in tuition. It is so much fun to get a couple of my friends together and head to the gym for Zumba!

Why did you choose Ithaca College?

I chose Ithaca because of the Exploratory Program. As an incoming first-year student, I had no idea what I wanted to major in and was disappointed that most other colleges only had an “undecided” or “undeclared” option. I loved that IC had some structure to help students find the academic path that best fit them. By the beginning of the second semester of my sophomore year, I was able to declare my major as economics. The Exploratory Program provided me with so many great resources and helpful contacts that I wanted to become a mentor for prospective and current students who are unsure of their major. Now, I am a peer ambassador and leader for the Exploratory Program, and I couldn’t be happier!