IC Honors Student Spotlight: Karina Feitner ’18

Meet Karina, our student spotlight of the week! Karina is a sophomore Psychology major from Cummington, MA – learn more about Karina below:


Favorite part about Ithaca College: “My favorite part about Ithaca College are the opportunities that I have had. I was blessed in High school to have access to all sorts of programs (sports, theatre, academics, etc.) and I was worried that I really wan’t going to be able to pursue all of my interests as I came to college. That was not the case, however, and I have been able to take part in theatre productions, I am a varsity athlete, I have opportunities through the honors program, and I have a great group of friends.”

Favorite Honors seminar (so far) and why: “My favorite Honors seminar I have taken was called The Politics of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Not only did I get to read a really good series that I have been wanting to read, but we deconstructed the story, looking with more depth into various aspects of the novels and the author. We were also given supplemental readings that allowed us to learn more about various themes addressed in the novels which in tern allowed us to be better educated, and to understand and appreciate the author and the stories that he told.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “I think that the coolest opportunity that I have had at Ithaca College has been the chance to become a varsity athlete without ever having played the sport before. I am on the crew team, and before college I had never rowed before. The opportunity to say you want to play a sport that you have never done before, and be able to do it and excel is amazing. I have gone from worrying that I was going to flip an 8 to being able to race in a single without having to worry about flipping, and that is truly amazing. It has also provided me with an amazing group of friends who are supportive but also challenge me to do my best.”

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 Summer Student Spotlight: Molly Robbins

For the summer, we’re starting something a little bit different with our Student Spotlights! We’re highlighting some of our awesome Honors students and what they’re up to this summer, as well as introducing some incoming first-year students who are already doing great things with their summers. Keep an eye out for these posts on Monday and Wednesday afternoons!

For our first spotlight of the summer, meet Molly Robbins! She’s a rising sophomore Psychology major.

11150622_10203878324334324_6285267492176123882_nThis summer, Molly is travelling all across Europe on a trip that she’s been saving for since she was twelve! She is flying to Paris by herself, then meeting up with a friend and they’re headed to Brussels, Bruges, Amsterdam, and Dublin.

Molly’s favorite experience in the program so far has been Katharyn Machan’s seminar Women and Fairy Tales.

“We were encouraged to write creatively, which was something I had really missed. Professor Machan also often brought in little trinkets and costumes that had to do with what we were talking about and we passed them around or wrote about them. But the best part was that for our final “exam”, we learned how to belly dance. We had a final paper due, but for the time period sectioned for an exam, we all walked down to Longview Assisted Living together and took a belly dancing class from Professor Machan.  It was so much fun and something I will never forget. How can you worry about finals and insecurities when you are belly dancing in an old-folks home with your professor, who is wearing a complete outfit and all, and a 90-something year old woman?  I formed valuable friendships with a diverse array of people from that class, and I will never forget it.”

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

Send an email with your plans to sguter1@ithaca.edu to be featured.