Krystal Sarcone

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September 2001 to June 2005 I attended Hendrick Hudson High School and was very good at keeping myself busy with after school clubs and sports. If it wasn't Students Against Destructive Decisions, the National Honor Society, the Future Business Leaders of America, or Student Government it was Marching Band, Chess Club, Art Club, Drama or the Peer AIDS Education Organization. And when I wasn't booked with Cross Country or Track & Field practice and meets I was organizing a team for the AIDS Walk in NYC, a team for Relay for Life, preparing a talent show piece and a science fair project, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and at the local shelter. Some how my short speedy legs took me places athletically excelling locally until back problems prevented further accomplishments. It was during those years that I learned time management, not to believe everything you hear and discovered my true passion for International Public Health. 

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY

Having little guidance outside of, somehow I chose Ithaca for my college. Not to highlight my ignorance of colleges and programs, but I couldn't list three ivy league schools if my life depended on it... nor could I tell you the difference between public and private, associates vs. PhD, or realize that I had applied for and choosen a school that charged more for a semester's worth of tuition than my parents made in a year combined. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that I ended up being the only incoming freshman in my program of Community Health Education. It took a couple years of frustration and recognition that my early interest in this field was unique and that even had I been aware of better evaluatory standards for a better fitting school or program acadmically Public Health undergraduate degrees were sort of hard to come by. I don't say any of this to slight IC, it's just the truth of my experience. In the end I was happy with my choice, not necessarily for the often misaligned curriculm but more for the community in which my interst was able to flourish and the opportunities for life-long friendships and unique venues professional development. And in all actuality I couldn't be more thankful to my professors who did an exceptional job at allowing me to be, well, Krystal. In a 'Teaching Strategies' course geared towards Health and PE students working on Lesson Plan development I was allowed to modify the assignment and tailor it to more appropriately fit my area of interest, instead of students I'd have communities and instead of English I might be utitilzing Swahili. This flexibility coupled with a few professors, such as Stewart Auyash, who were motivated to revamp the department of Health Promotion and Physical Education to accomodate us students-in-academic-limbo that allowed for me to have a worthwhile experience at Ithaca College, which was only made possible by the gener scholarships from the Anne Frank Foundation, the Milton Carpenter Foundation, the Lions Club along with several school and federal grants and loans.

Outside of my classwork, which you can browse through the link above, I was active in several on-campus and off-campus groups such as: the Integrative Health Society, Responsibility Education & Action for Campus Health (REACH- a college-age version of SADD), IC Muevete (an IC latin Dance group), Rueda (a Cornell-based Salsa team), Ithaca's rock climbing community as well as Cornell's climbing staff for Outdoor Education. When not scalling the walls of Lindseth (one of the largest natural face rock climbing walls in the North East) or running a program on safer sexual expression- just like any other college student in the area- would enjoy some delectable Thai food in the commons, the beauty of the local gorges, the comforts of GreenStar, the sceen at The Oasis (formally known as Common Ground) and the deliciousness that is homemade Purity ice cream.

My undergraduate alma mater, my professors and classmates as well as the town of Ithaca and the community within will always hold a special place in my heart.

Westchester Community College
Valhalla, NY

Maybe it didn't make Washington Monthly's 2010 ranking of America's 50 best community colleges, nor did it stack up well on CCNMoney's "success rating" this year but Westchester Community College is known in NY for it's impressive nursing program. WCC also has a legit and entertaining radio station as well as a forward-thinking Native Plant Center and periodic free STD testing on campus. I never thought I'd attend school at WCC but at a fraction of the cost I've been suprised by the quality of the professors, laboratories and resources, and subsequently have developed a sense of unexpected school pride and gratitude. I actually appreciate community colleges like I do Planet Fitness. I could be wrong, and don't often like to speculate, but I have the sense that higher education and health clubs have a history of wealth and well-off patrons, so when important services are offered to the not-so-well-off my heart goes a little pitter patter.

Continuing Education
Everywhere. : )

Because I love learning and because I don't believe we ever stop being students I enjoy taking advantage of continuing education programs and eclectic courses offered throughout the community. While in undergraduate school I use to love browsing the Ithaca FreeSkool brochure for capoeira classes, plant identification workshops, and community discussions on feminism. I also have taken a Bee Keeping class through the Lakeland's Continuing Education program and always look through the language, professional development and health & wellness sections of WCC's Lifelong Learning brochure. Though the most significant recent venture into continuing education has been the course I took with Oxford Seminars to be certified to teach ESL. Having already been actively involved in language tutoring, including: ESL and Spanish to English speakers, I wanted to legitimize my work and polish some techniques that I had learned intuitively through experience but wanted to explore in the proper intellectual setting.