Ithaca College’s Division of Graduate and Professional Studies has expanded its social networking and increased events — initiatives that will help create a sense of community.
The 447 full-time and 60 part-time graduate students at the college may feel isolated at times, especially those who did not complete their undergraduate degrees here. Graduate students may also feel cut off from the rest of the campus community and not make connections with each other.
But by increasing awareness on Facebook and myHome, the program will receive more of an identity. College-sponsored events also give them a chance to interact with each other and meet new people.
Despite the efforts, however, interaction within the graduate program is low. Graduate students are encouraged to use these networking initiatives. They should also attend the social events, especially with Cornell University, as a way to make connections that will help with future employment.
Being a graduate student here may not seem like anything more than studying and attending classes. But in order to make sure they receive the full experience of an Ithaca College education, graduate students should make an effort to become a part of the community.