Kaitlin Kohberger '11

School of Humanities and Sciences | Psychology

How do you top off four years at Ithaca College crammed with classes and a wide range of extracurricular activities? If you’re Kaitlin Kohberger, you bike the entire width of the country to help build homes for the disadvantaged.

Kaitlin spent her summer after graduating from IC riding and working with Bike and Build, a nonprofit business that organizes groups to ride across the country to raise money and awareness for affordable housing, and pitch in on build sites.

“During my time at IC, my professors and fellow students really encouraged me to push for the change I wish to see in the world,” Kaitlin says. “As an able-bodied young person, I feel the responsibility to push for affordable housing—and to ride my bike from Providence to Seattle to raise money and awareness for the cause.”

There wasn’t much time to rest after her transcontinental journey, though. This fall she’s in Austria as a Fulbright scholar to teach English and American studies.

All of this echoes the way Kaitlin immersed herself while attending Ithaca College. As she was pursuing her degree in psychology, she found time to study anthropology in Hawaii, co-found the Gaelic Arts Society, teach spin classes at the Fitness Center, serve as an orientation leader, and mentor new students. And that’s nowhere near the full list.

“I started seeking leadership opportunities on campus as soon as I could,” Kaitlin says. “I found myself in a community of peers that were all heavily involved and leadership-focused.”

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