IC Honors Student Spotlight: Kyle Brassil ’17

Meet our student spotlight of the week, junior Kyle Brassil with a major in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Art from Kingston, RI who’s fresh off a semester abroad in London! Learn more about Kyle below:

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Favorite part about IC:I love that there is community where I don’t feel like an outsider. Growing up I always thought that I would never fit in, but Ithaca College has so many unique, bizarre, and incredible people who just sort of say ‘Who cares if you’re weird? We want you to join us!’ This College just sort of creates that feeling inside you: the desire to be inclusive.”
Favorite Honors Seminar (so far) and why:Teenage Wasteland my freshman year. I may be a bit partial because it was my first, but this seminar with Bruce Henderson was such a great way to indulge in such a unique topic. Being able to go through so many variations on the ‘Young Adult in Dystopia’ genre was great in exploring differences in story structure, and it definitely helps you out when such a big part of your major involves telling a story.”
Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program:The ability to study abroad in London. Ask anyone who’s ever spent a semester out of the country and you’ll sentence yourself to a half hour rant on why they wish they could go back. Personally, I’m just eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to become integrated in a new city and a new country. The London Center still feels wholly Ithaca though, with Bill’s City as Text class for Honors students feeling like it came straight from the mind of old Pfaff himself. If anyone is on the fence about studying abroad, I highly recommend it. At the very least you’ll come back with new memories and worldviews”
We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!
Email sguter1@ithaca.edu with any comments, questions, concerns or nominations.

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Samantha Guter

Meet Samantha Guter, a junior Journalism major from Chicagoland, Illinois with minors in art, theatre and the Honors program! Samantha helps manage social media for IC Honors, is an RA in the HOME program and very involved in theatre and publications on campus (and she promises someone else nominated her, she’s not posting about herself just cause). Learn more about Sam below:10980703_10206016309317764_1312221271531340813_n

Favorite part about IC: “Definitely the community here and the ease of getting involved. I’m an ambivert, and most of the time, I love interacting with people. Being able to walk across campus and see both people I know and people I don’t know is great – there’s always the opportunity to meet new people but there are always people you’ll know wherever you go. It’s also so easy to get involved with whatever you want to do. The people here make the school – both CCES and Res Life where I work I joke are my ‘families’ because it really seems like that most of the time.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “Undoubtedly, Gender, Sex and Desire with Carla Golden. It was largely discussion-based and the books we read sparked such interesting expansions of everyone’s ideas about what makes a person a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’ and discussed the fluidity of sexuality and gender. Even though I had a really awesome knowledge base in those subjects, it was phenomenal to be able to read and discuss these concepts in a more academic setting. Plus, Carla’s just amazing.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “I’m going to cheat a little bit here and list two. One is the phenomenal experience of participating in the Patti Pace festival in Georgia both my freshman and sophomore year with professor Bruce Henderson. It was such a great experience to meet other students passionate about communication, art and theatre and build connections with other professionals and other students from across the nation. The second one is the chance I had to go abroad to the Ithaca College London Centre last semester. Having the opportunity to immerse myself in British culture and travel all over Europe was beyond anything I had ever dreamt of, and taking Bill Sheasgreen’s Honors seminar in London was a phenomenal experience to get to know a city on an intricate and personal level.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!

IC Honors Student Spotlight: Gretchen Hohmeyer

Meet junior Gretchen Hohmeyer, our Student Spotlight this week! Gretchen is an English and Writing double major from Lake Clear, NY. Find out more about Gretchen below:

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Favorite part about IC: “I love the community here. I never thought I’d find friends this fantastic and caring or professors that are interested in me and my work. I really feel like I’ve grown as a person as well as a student because of the environment I get to go to school in.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “I’d have to say my freshman seminar called Lethal Girls and Lady Knights with Professor Katharine Kittredge. That class not only introduced me to some of my best friends, but also to one of the professors who’s had the most impact on my college career. Also, it proved to me in my first semester that going to college was a right and awesome choice I’d made.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors Program: “Definitely my semester abroad in London. Not only were the staff there marvelous and the opportunities they created for us fantastic, but being in Honors gave it that little something extra. The Honors program was the only reason I got to go to Edinburgh, Scotland, first and then the Honors seminar I took while actually at the school was one of my favorite classes. (This also happened to be with the director of the London program, who is one of the best human beings I have ever met.) Going abroad was one of those experiences that I needed to have, for my own personal growth, and Honors helped make it possible.”

We’re always looking for interesting students to highlight in our Student Spotlight series.
Do you know a really cool Honors student? Nominate them to be a Student Spotlight here!
Do you know a really cool alum of the Honors program? Nominate them to be an Alumni Spotlight here!