After serving for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Cody decided to pursue a college degree. He decided to apply to Ithaca College in part because he had grown up north of Ithaca. Originally an exercise science major, Cody switched to the clinical exercise science track to learn more about strength and conditioning.
Cody made the most of his time in the program and at the college and earned his degree in only three years. In addition to enrolling in 16 or more credits each semester, Cody worked as a volunteer intern with the Ithaca College Strength & Conditioning staff for his last three semesters. During the summer and into the fall of 2015, Cody worked with Professor Deborah King on a figure skating research project. During his senior year, he and two fellow seniors started their own research project to compare the back squat and hexagonal barbell exercises.
“I knew I was different than most other college students,” Cody says. “My experiences and age made my perspective a bit different than the typical incoming college freshman. From day one, I knew I wanted to get the most out of my college experience, and if that meant having a fully booked schedule, then so be it.”
The hands-on and practical experience that Cody gained at Ithaca are more meaningful than anything else. Cody says, “From the beginning of my academic career way back in grade school all the way up until now, I have always been a learn by doing type of student. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to become involved in so many areas while I was a student. I truly believe that I learned just as much if not more from my practical experiences than in a standard classroom setting.”
Cody played with the IC Men’s Rugby Club for two years. He will be attending Appalachian State University where he will pursue a master’s degree in exercise science.
- Completed B.S. in three years
- Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Eta, and Tau Sigma National Honor Societies
- Volunteer intern with Ithaca College Strength & Conditioning for three semesters
- Poster presentations at ACSM-MARC, James J. Whalen Academic Symposium, and ACSM National Conference
- Dean’s List five of six semesters
- Dana Scholarship for research with Dr. Deborah King
- Fieldwork at Cornell Strength & Conditioning and Geneva General Hospital