IC Honors Advice: Getting the Most of your Education

PrintAdvice: Focus on challenges and questions, and less about grades.

Why: Honors students are focused, driven, and goal-oriented, which are wonderful qualities. Unfortunately, when the goal is a particular grade––as in, “I want to get an A in this class”––it’s easy to get distracted from what really matters.  It is easy to focus on grades when professors give a detailed syllabus and rubrics for every assignment, and financial aid depends on the.  But let’s be honest, that’s not what professors really care about.  We care about outcomes that are difficult to measure, like your passion, curiosity, and your ability to ask great questions.  Focusing on grades makes you less willing to take risks or take on significant challenges.  A comic to contemplate: http://kiriakakis.net/comics/mused/a-day-at-the-park

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Maggie Eckerson ’18

This week, we want to spotlight Maggie Eckerson, a junior Cinema & Photography major from Washington, D.C. with additional minors in Environmental Studies and Exercise Science. Maggie is an avid and creative photographer; if you’d like to see some of her work, check out her website or just poke your head inside the Honors Lounge and look around the walls. After spending last winter break researching rainforests in Belize and a busy summer in New York City interning with Silver Models, Maggie is looking forward to studying at Ithaca College’s Los Angeles program this coming spring and summer. For now, Maggie is pouring into her studies, teaching TRX suspension training classes at the Fitness Center, and continuing to hone her photography talents. Learn more about Maggie below!
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Above: Maggie alongside a project from her Human Environment of Geography Class. She researched the Geography of Architecture.

Favorite part about IC:
IC is a welcoming community with students and faculty that specialize in a wide variety of talents. I have made many friends from many different majors and minors.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
Honors Tracking with Jason Hamilton has been my favorite Honors seminar so far. As an environmental studies minor, this class immediately stood out from the selection of Honors seminars. Spending hours in the woods made me rethink about Earth’s influence on animal behavior. Most of the time, I would go for a hike at the falls. Some of our homework assignments included following animals for an extended period of time to examine their movements. This class isn’t your typical Honors seminar but it is your typical Environmental class!

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
Last semester, I spent my winter studying in the Rainforests, Coral reefs and Mayan Ruins of Belize, and even apprenticed a Mayan healer. I held tarantulas and pet a Jaguar! This was the most rewarding experience of my life as I spent days hiking(and living) in the rainforest with the Howler Monkeys, spelunking in Caves once utilized for human sacrifice as well as exploring the second largest Coral Reef in the world, The Belize Barrier Reef! While in Belize, I stayed with a Homestay family who not only taught me how to make coconut oil, but also introduced me to my new favorite food: Breadfruit! Belize is a country rich in culture and experience. Unlike it’s neighboring Guatemala, Belize is a very safe country. I could ride the bus without worry and even feel safe when alone. I met many children who are not only well mannered but also independent(they would put many American children to shame).

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors: Cayuga Nature Center

On October 8, first-year Honors students participated in our annual trip to the Cayuga Nature Center. They carved pumpkins, explored the Center’s treehouse and interacted with the creatures that live there, and, as per tradition, presented skits created with their seminar classes. Check out the slideshow below to see some highlights from the trip! We thank Daniel Gelles for sharing these photos with us.

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IC Honors FYI: Professional Confidence for Women

Career Services is hosting its fifth of seven workshops this fall on Wednesday! These workshops can help you build vital career development skills and count as SLI credit. Find out more about this workshop below.

Professional Confidence for Women
October 26 @ 4:00 PM
The gender pay gap. Double standards. “Superwoman Syndrome.”  These are just a few of the challenges that many women continue to face in the workplace. During this session we’ll explore specific strategies to tackle these and other issues, as well as ways to create success for yourself in work and in life.

If you’re interested in attending, you need to register online in advance using your Handshake account.

  1. Go to: https://ithaca.joinhandshake.com/
  2. Log in using your Netpass information
  3. On the left navigation panel, click on “Events”
  4. Click on the workshop title you wish to attend
  5. Click the “Join Event” button

The next workshop is entitled “What Comes After the Handshake?: Tips for Connecting with Alumni at Network Nights” and is scheduled for November 9 @ 4:00 PM.

For more information about upcoming workshops, visit the Career Services’ website.

All Career Services workshops will be offered in the Career Services Resource Center in Muller 101 (unless noted otherwise)

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IC Honors FYI: How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors

Career Services is hosting its fourth of seven workshops this fall on Tuesday! These workshops can help you build vital career development skills and count as SLI credit. Find out more about this workshop below.

How to Connect With IC Alumni Mentors
October 25 @ 3:00 PM
Find out more about how to use IC Mentor Connect, the Alumni Directory, and the IC Mentoring Network on LinkedIn and why having career mentors can help make all the difference in your career path. Also learn about networking etiquette and important strategies around utilizing these networking tools to make connections.

If you’re interested in attending, you need to register online in advance using your Handshake account.

  1. Go to: https://ithaca.joinhandshake.com/
  2. Log in using your Netpass information
  3. On the left navigation panel, click on “Events”
  4. Click on the workshop title you wish to attend
  5. Click the “Join Event” button

The next workshop is entitled “Professional Confidence for Women” and is scheduled for October 26 @ 4:00 PM.

For more information about upcoming workshops, visit the Career Services’ website.

All Career Services workshops will be offered in the Career Services Resource Center in Muller 101 (unless noted otherwise)

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IC Honors Student Spotlight: Monica Chen ’18

This week’s Student Spotlight features Monica Chen, junior Writing major from Carlisle, MA. Monica is also working towards a minor in Integrated Marketing communications. As someone who is passionate about giving back to communities, both local and global – Monica has worked with 180 Degrees Consulting, helping local nonprofits improve their business practices. She is also the president of IC’s China Care Club, through which she helps coordinate activities to raise both awareness and funds for Chinese orphans. Monica is a member of Martin Luther King Scholar Program and an inductee of the Oracle Honors Society. This semester, Monica is studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland where she’s interning for the video technology startup Viddyad. Continue reading for more about Monica!

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Above: Monia at the Cliffs of Moher in northern Ireland on her semester abroad with IES Dublin.

Favorite part about IC:
I’ve had incredible conversations in and out of classes with students who are extremely intelligent with so many interesting passions. I really appreciate being able to have real and deep conversations with people about important things like life experiences, matters of identity, social justice, and other topics like that. It’s very different from a lot of the more superficial conversations I’ve had with people back home.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I loved American Breakdown with Hugh Egan. Not only is Professor Egan an amazing professor, but the books and short stories we read in the class were very interesting and a lot of the students have very insightful views on topics pertaining to mental illness, hysteria, as well as the cultural and historical contexts of the pieces we went over in class.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I’m currently studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland and it has been the most amazing experience of my life so far. I’m so grateful that I’m able to spend a semester here and learn about the culture and the history of this place, as well as travel around Ireland and the rest of Europe.

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Spotlight series.

Do you know a really cool first year Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them here!

Email ropila@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors FYI: Whalen Symposium Information Session

Join us this Thursday, Oct. 20 from 12:10 – 1:00pm in Textor 102 for an information session regarding the 20th annual James J. Whalen Academic Symposium.

This annual symposium offers Ithaca College students and faculty the opportunity for to showcase their work. This includes those of you who are  working on a thesis project, conducting independent research, or developing some other form or original creative work in the field of music, theater, film, or two- and three-dimensional art. Maybe there’s a project or a paper for a class that you’d like to expand upon. Maybe there’s a feature you’ve written for a journalism class.

This information session is for interested those faculty and students who have questions or need more information regarding participation in the James J. Whalen Academic  Symposium.

Pizza and soda will be provided at the meeting for lunch

The James J. Whalen Academic  Symposium will take place on April 13, 2017.

The session will introduce students and faculty to the Symposium, the application process, the abstract guidelines, and presentation options.  Please follow the link to sign up:

Register Here

The online submission process for faculty sponsors to submit student presenter names will be open starting Tuesday, November 1, 2016 and close on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

For more information, go to the Whalen Symposium website at :

http://www.ithaca.edu/sponsored-research/whalen/

 

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