“How Longview changed my college experience” by Julia Glassman

I recently received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College (IC), with a minor in Aging Studies. Although Aging Studies wasn’t my main focus throughout college, it still had a major impact on my experience at IC.

Entering as a first year student I didn’t know what I wanted to study. One of the first classes I took was an Age Matters class, and for the first time in my life I was being asked to think about how I was going to age and what I wanted that process to be like. That course opened me up to the beauty of studying Gerontology, and I have been hooked ever since.

When the next semester came along, I enrolled in the Fieldwork in Gerontology course, where Julia Glassman with resident Eddie Rooney at I chose to spend hours each week at Longview. Longview’s Holiday Bazaar. Many students in my class spent their required hours on a specific project, but I fulfilled them by getting to know the Longview community. I had wonderful conversations with Adult Day Program participants during Tea & Talking every morning. Along with other residents, we baked together, played trivia, and had debates. I bowled, exercised, did aerobics, danced and went to the occasional birthday party. I ate lunch with different groups of residents each time I was there. Throughout all the things I experienced, I made the most wonderful friends with both the residents and staff, and came home with the best stories to share.

Becoming an Aging Studies minor was one of the best decisions I made while I was at IC. The classes have been incredible, and the Longview partnership was better than anything I could have imagined. Learning the importance of intergenerational friendships, and lifelong learning, through hands-on experiences has been priceless.

Even after the fieldwork class was finished, I continued taking classes, volunteered regularly, and visited residents whom I still consider to be close friends. Additionally, this past semester, I had the pleasure of serving on Longview’s board as the student board member. I am forever grateful to Longview for opening their doors, and being my second home during my time at IC. Now, I’m off to University of Michigan to pursue a Masters degree in Environmental Psychology with hopes to do research within this field in connection with Gerontology. As I move forward in my career, the experiences that I have had at Longview will carry me into the future.