25 Jul My Experience at Ithaca Summer College
The following is a guest blog written by my son Philip, who is a rising high school junior. He recently spent three weeks at Ithaca College, taking a course in Sport Management.
Philip is a sports fanatic & natural athlete (baseball, golf, soccer, tennis, etc.) and thinks he would like to pursue a career in the sports world. Last week I flew out to Ithaca from California to pick him up, tour some of the other upstate New York colleges (Cornell, Syracuse & Hamilton) and surprise him with a day trip to Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. After spending five days with Philip and listening to his “college” experience, I am certain that these weeks in Ithaca will be extremely beneficial as he really starts his college search. Another benefit is that he had an opportunity to meet teens his age from around the country, get a sense of others work ethics, and cultivate lifelong friendships.
I spent three weeks this summer at Ithaca College taking a Sport Management class. A summer program is a great way to get a feel for a college and to find out if you like the classes or major youre thinking about taking in college. For me, it was probably one of the best experiences of my life and it gave me the closest possible feel for a college that one can get. We slept in the dorms, ate in the dining hall, and took actual college courses from college professors for college credit. Sleeping in the dorms was very important because I could get a feel for how much stuff I could bring if I were to go there, how big and comfortable (or not comfortable) the rooms were, and if I would want live there. Food is probably one of the most important things to know about before you choose a college. You are going to want average to good food if you are going to be eating there for four years. So, eating in the dining hall for three weeks was definitely enough time to get a sense of the kinds of food I would be eating. I think the best part of the program was being able to take a college class in a subject that I thought would be of interest to me. It was great to be able to learn from college professors, to learn what kind of curriculum the Sport Management major offers, and to get a feel for the level of difficulty of the class. After taking the course for three weeks, I know what kind of work I would be doing if I took the course in college and that I would really like it. For the summer program at Ithaca, class sizes are small which allows you to develop a relationship with the professor. Being at college without any parental guidance forced me to be independent and to develop time management skills. I also got a sense for the campus, college life, and the type of students that go to the school. There were RAs (Resident Advisors) for each wing of the dorm. I became close with my RA and got to know him, which helped me understand what current college students at the school are like. I would definitely recommend going to a pre-college summer program (like this) to anyone who wants to get a feel for college life and to find out if they would want to take a certain class and go to that type of college or university.