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Michael A. FitzPatrick IV

I am currently  a Masters Exercise Physiology student at Ithaca College in the Health Science and Human Performance School. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science degree in Clinical Exercise Science at Ithaca College in Spring of 2011.

I graduated Chenango Forks High School with an Advanced Regents Diploma in 2008 ranked 13th out of 150 students. 



 My name is Michael Augustine Fitzpatrick IV, and I was born December 7th, 1989 in Johnson City, New York. Before my first year of life had been completed, my family and I moved to Binghamton, New York, a short fifteen minute drive away in pursuit of a larger home for our four person family, and have stayed there ever since. 

My family consists of my father Michael FitzPatrick, my mother, Donna FitzPatrick, and my older sister Sarah Gannon. Being the youngest in the family does have its upsides and downsides, but I am very happy and would not change it even if I could. Earlier in our life, my sister and I would clash and argue quite frequently. Now however, we get along quite well, and I have realized just how important she is to me. Having an older sibling is beneficial because I have someone who has shared similar experiences  and knows my situation more than others could. I believe this is why we are so close today.

My true passion for exercise and rehabilitation stems from my father, Michael FitzPatrick. At the age of 35, my father suffered his first heart attack, an event that would cost him the apex of his heart. Ever since this disastrous event, my father has been in and out of the hospital with heart complications. Experiencing my father's disease in such a direct way has grounded my perspective on rehabilitation, and has motivated my desires to help those in similar situations that I have experienced.

Some of my favorite activities other than learning about exercise and rehabilitation include music, juggling, soccer, and hiking. Currently, I can play four instruments: percussion and the drum set, trumpet, piano, and guitar. I took private drum lessons for seven years, I took trumpet for 8 years in elementary, middle and high school, and self taught myself how to play guitar and piano, both of which I started two years ago. Music is a key aspect of my life, and I am always looking to expand my repertoire. 

On my 16th birthday, I received a juggling instructional kit, and ever since then I have been juggling non stop. I immediately fell in love with the challenge of multi-tasking and manipulating objects in the air, and have been practicing frequently ever since that day. I am always looking to improve, and when I found out that Ithaca College had a circus club on campus, I immediately joined up. Ever since that first meeting, I have been avidly involved in all things circus, both improving my juggling skills, but also my acrobatics. This club does performances all around town, and I love to be a part of it.

I have played soccer all of my life. Playing a sport in which you cannot use your hands is a unique challenge for me. I believe that many of us take for granted many things, especially the use of our hands. This sport is not only fun to play for me, but it also presents a unique challenge of not using my hands, and reminds me just how useful they are. I am always looking for new and challenging concepts, and soccer fit the bill for me.

As you will see in a photo gallery on the left, hiking and nature are huge aspects of my life. I believe I first fell in love with the outdoors through a camp my family owns in the Adirondack Park in Upstate New York. Every year we would travel three hours north to go to our camp for the weekend. I have fond memories of building treehouses and hiking in the Adirondacks. One of my goals now is to climb all 46 of the high peaks in the Adirondacks. Seeing the view from a particularly difficult assent neutralizes any stress or bad feelings I have accumulated. My love for the outdoors increased exponentially when I joined the Boy Scouts of America, and through my climb to eventually becoming an Eagle Scout, I learned about nature, how to conserve it, as well as went on many outdoor adventure trips. The most memorable of trips was going to New Mexico for a 10 day backpacking trip. Being out in nature for 10 days with no electronics, really grounded me, and helped me appreciate life just a little more.