Hi everyone! If you don’t me, I’m Jen, a senior Television-Radio major and Theatre minor. Since May 2016, I’ve been working with Honors as one of our Social Media Coordinators. It’s been quite the journey, and I’m so grateful to have been part of such a wonderful program. However, I’m graduating this semester, and that means that this is the last post I’ll write for the Honors blog.
I want to thank everyone who’s made my time in Honors so wonderful – Alicia Swords, Kathi Powers, our former director Tom Pfaff, my Honors classmates, and my neighbors in the Lyon Hall RLC from the fall of 2015 to the spring of 2017. I most especially want to thank my former co-coordinator Ryan Opila and my fabulous current co-coordinator Tynesha Taylor, who will be continuing on next semester.
I wish the best of luck to all of our Honors students as we head into finals week, and thank you for letting me share what makes this program special on social media.As much as I’ll miss Honors, I know that it’s prepared me well for my next adventures. This community is truly incredible, and I’m so thankful that I am a part of it.
Kyle is the president of the Honors Advisory Board and a double major in IMC and Sport Studies! He’s headed to NYC after graduation.
After graduation I will be taking a week to explore Istanbul and Prague. Following my passion for experiencing unique bars and similar establishments, I will be visiting a beer spa as well as a bar with a rock wall inside of it while I’m there. After my week abroad, I will be spending my summer interning at Havas Media in New York City as a part of my IRTS Media Fellowship! In addition to interning, the fellowship provides me with opportunities to network with hundreds of media leaders across NYC and learn how to create more access in the media industry to marginalized groups that are underrepresented.
Jason Potel is a senior double major in Cinema and Photography (Screenwriting concentration) and English. Hear about his international post-grad plans:
I’m going to Columbia to get an MA in Cinema Studies. I’ll be teaching undergraduate classes while I’m there to help pay my tuition
This is Sam Cripe, an senior Honorite with a double major in Legal Studies and History, and you can learn about her volunteer plans for next year here:
Next year I will be a corp member, volunteering for City Year in Boston. This organization is part of the AmeriCorps umbrella. I will be working with inner city students on attendance, behavior, and grades all while encouraging them to do well in schools and find a passion for learning. I am so excited to work with youth and begin a possible career in the field of education. I am hoping that this year will help me decide if I want to continue on and get a teaching certificate, or if I want to continue on to Law school. Either way, I am excited to begin working with youth and making an impact on the Boston community!
Here’s Lisa, a senior Business Administration major with a concentration in Management, and a Campus Life Award recipient for this year. Check out her awesome grad school plans:
After graduation, I will be attending a two-year graduate program at the University of Connecticut to earn a Master of Arts in Higher Education Student Affairs while also completing an assistantship in the Center for Career Development and a series of practicums in other Student Affairs offices. Throughout my experience at IC, I have definitely recognized the importance of involvement during college, especially due to all the amazing resources IC provides that are not available everywhere else, and I want to help other students take advantage of the resources available to them in a similar way that I did. I have developed a strong passion for student development, and my goal is to play a direct role in helping college students recognize their unique strengths and realize their full potential.
Michael is a senior Architectural Studies major, and has some great grad school plans!
After graduating, I’ll be taking a week off to travel to Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies with a friend before settling down back home in Rochester, NY where (fingers crossed) I will have a job or two for the remainder of the summer. Come August, I will be heading out to Columbus to pursue a 3-year Master of Architecture degree at The Ohio State University.
Gretchen Hohmeyer is an English and Writing double major who, despite having plans to go to English PhD school, is not doing that right now. Instead, she is taking a year off to teach English as a second language in South Korea. She has been accepted to contract with the Council of International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to source employment at a South Korean elementary school in a yet unknown city. While the word of choice for this adventure would not be “excited” as much as “terrified,” she cannot wait to get paid to travel in Asia, which has been a dream since childhood!
Alexa Szotka is our first senior we’re featuring in our Senior Sendoff series! She’s a Public & Community Health major, and read a little bit more about what her summer plans are:
This summer from June-August I will be working at Florida International University’s Summer Treatment Program (STP) as a counselor. This is a nationally recognized comprehensive program at the Center for Children and Families in Miami, Florida that helps children with ADHD and related behavioral, emotional and learning challenges. This program is implemented as an eight-week therapeutic summer camp, where individual treatment plans are focused on each child, so that their academic readiness and social skills can improve. STP has been used in clinical trials conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health.
I will be working with the pre-k group as a counselor. As part of this job I will be responsible for delivering the treatment components within both classroom and recreational contexts. Counselors will assist in the following each day: (1) leading an academic center (i.e., English/Language Arts, Math, Science, Writing); (2) leading a sport (i.e., soccer, kickball, teeball); (3) delivery of treatment components during large group instruction periods; (4) assisting in the delivery of an evidence-based reading intervention; and (5) tracking the daily behavioral progress for assigned cases.
After this summer program, I hope to apply to graduate school in clinical psychology specializing in children and trauma, and I hopefully will gain a lot of insight for my future career from this experience. I am so excited to be working with kids, as well as traveling to Miami for the first time, and I can’t wait to see how much I learn and grow from this experience!
With commencement about a month away, we’d like to recognize some of our wonderful senior Honorites and what they’re doing post-graduation. We’re featuring seniors and their summer and next year plans over the next few weeks leading up to commencement.
Are you a graduating senior in the Honors Program? Are you planning on doing something cool post-graduation, like going to grad school, starting an awesome job or internship, travelling, or doing something else? Email email@example.com with a photo of yourself and a short paragraph about your plans to be featured!