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 Senior Sendoff: Gretchen Hohmeyer

1424576_10209129461537225_5010296201079289399_n.jpgGretchen 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!

IC Honors Seminar Spotlight: Slow Read, The Golem and the Jinni

This semester, Writing professor Katharyn Machan is teaching a new slow read seminar on a more contemporary novel that combines Arab and Jewish folk mythology! Read more below:

Describe your seminar in one sentence. We will gradually read the excellent historical/fantasy novel The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker and engage in research into turn-of-the-20th-century New York City as well as Jewish and Arabic mythology, with the opportunity for some related creative writing.

Describe your classroom style in one sentence.I work to engage students with intelligent humor and humorous intelligence, supported by generosity.

What is one thing you hope students will take away from your seminar?I believe students will hold onto a new awareness of how fantasy grounded in historical research can shape fiction.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students?Open ears and minds—and mouths for wise laughter!”

Want to learn more?I also teach the Writing Department’s course in Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy and have done so since 1978. I also teach Honors and ICSM courses about fairy tales. So I am ENTHUSIASTIC about this book!!!!!!!”

Check out the full list of seminars here and the whole list of spotlights here.

IC Honors Alumni Spotlight: Alyssa Frey ’14

Meet Alyssa Frey, a recent graduate from the Class of 2014! Alyssa was a Journalism Major with minors in Legal Studies, Writing and Communication Studies. Alyssa is currently a graduate student at Boston College in Boston, MA. Find out more about Alyssa below!

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Current positions: “Communications Graduate Assistant & M.A. Higher Education Student, Lynch School of Education, Boston College.”

One piece of advice you wish you had been given at IC: “Pick a few things you love and dive into them with your whole soul. Don’t overextend. I am the worst example of this.”

Favorite Honors Seminar you took and why: “News of the Century with Professor [Mead] Loop — a great professor, an interesting subject & just the right amount of work.”

One word that sums up your university experience: “Constant.”

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: Andrew Hinkley

Meet Andrew Hinkley, our student spotlight of the week! Andrew is a junior Writing major with a minor in Anthropology from Rochester, NY. Find out more about Andrew below:

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Favorite part about IC: “The professors. I’ve encountered so many wonderful, friendly, generous faculty throughout my time here and without them I would not have been nearly as driven to succeed and get as involved in IC as I possibly could.”

Favorite Honors seminar you’ve taken and why: “Sex, Gender & Desire with Carla Golden. She challenged the class to work hard and think hard, the readings were interesting and thought-provoking, and Carla really knows the subject well.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “It’s a tie between the London Center Program this previous fall and working on skeletal specimens with Jennifer Muller in Buffalo this past summer!”

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: John Jacobson

Meet our Student Spotlight of the Week, sophomore John Jacobson, an IMC major with minors in Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies from DuBois, Pennsylvania. John is very active in LGBT+ activism and feminism both on-campus and off. Learn more about John below:

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Favorite part about IC: “My favorite part of IC is the amazing people that inhabit it. The friendships I have created on this campus are ones that I treasure. IC has allowed me to find friends that understand what it means to be an outsider.”

Favorite Honors seminar and why: “Wonder Women and Lethal Girls: Feminism in Science Fiction and Fantasy. That freshman Honors seminar with Katharine Kittredge changed my life. It introduced me to a lot of social justice concepts and introduced me to people who were passionate about the two things that I hold close: books and justice.”

Coolest opportunity you’ve had through IC and/or the Honors program: “My coolest opportunity through IC has probably been having the ability to work at the LGBT Center through the IC Counseling and Wellness Center. The LGBT Center is a under-utilized resource on this campus that provides a haven for queer students and their allies. Working there has changed my life and allowed me to grow as a queer person and as a general student.”

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!