IC Honors Student Spotlight: Maddy Horowitz ’19

This week’s student spotlight is Maddy Horowitz, a sophomore Health Education and Physical Education double major from Fairport, NY. Maddy is the co-chair of Speak Your Mind – a panel program sponsored by IC Active Minds. These panels allow students to share their stories and experiences surrounding mental health with their classmates with a mission to sponsor dialogue and erode stigma. She is also a resident assistant and an admitted student ambassador. Learn more about Maddy below!


Favorite part about IC:
I love the overall acceptance in our community. I feel like there are no societal boundaries, which can be interpreted both negatively or positively. Regardless, anyone can open up to whoever or whatever they want to be. It sounds so cliche and lame, but being able to function as a human with a strong mental state and well being is huge. Freedom to be who you are is something that Ithaca College accepts every day, and it’s an amazing thing.

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why:
I’ve only taken 2 seminars, but spring semester of my freshman year I took Power and Justice Through The Dark Knight, and our final was a series of two trials. I played Batman in both trials. Why was this is the best seminar ever? I was Batman, come on.

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program:
I think even though the 25 page synthesis paper I was assigned as a FIRST SEMESTER freshman was so daunting, it’s still something I’m so proud of it. That paper is my child, and is something I presented about at the Whalen Academic Symposium in the spring. The topic I chose turns out to be something very close to my heart, and something I really hope to include in health education curriculum in my class room one day.

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

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IC Honors Summer Student Spotlight: Samantha Castonguay

Meet Samantha, an incoming transfer student from SUNY Albany who plans to major in Environmental Sciences and Health Education (with plans to attend grad school for Health Education, hopefully becoming a Human Sexuality professor and/or researcher)!IMG_20140905_190144

This summer, Sam is taking a break after her exhausting first year of college! She recently started working at a local state park as a campsite greeter and park maintenance worker. Besides that, her band plans to record their first album (she plays the bass and sings alongside a guitarist/vocalist and drummer) and she’s excited to be able to learn to work with sound recording software and equipment. She’s hoping to relax and continue her passion of baking and cake decorating as a hobby (and small business she runs out of her home kitchen) on top of music and work!

Sam is excited to continue her Honors experience at IC in the fall.

“The main reason why I chose to apply and participate in the IC Honors Program was to continue my original plan for college. I was really quite excited to write a senior thesis and conduct research with a professor in my field(s). The fear of not having this opportunity was really influential on my decision to transfer to IC. I enjoyed all of the opportunities offered by the Honors Program at SUNY Albany and was really hoping to keep them when transferring. However, after applying, I was even more pleased with and surprised by the IC Honors Program. Drawing me in to both the program and Ithaca College was the sense of community and camaraderie among the students and faculty. The program and college feel more like home and I’m so excited to share it with everyone this fall!”

What are you doing this summer? Honors wants to know!

Email sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.