Aida Scarpati, MMH '18
What work experience did you have before starting the MMH?
Before coming to Cornell, I was managing my family's Italian restaurants in Connecticut. I enjoy working the front of the house, planning events, and forming lifelong friendships with my guests.
Why did you choose the Cornell MMH?
I first heard about the Hotel School from my brother, who learned of the program during his time at the Culinary Institute of America. Having completed my undergraduate studies, I was intent on pursuing a career in the food and beverage industry. I have worked for my family's restaurant business since childhood, and I was certain I wanted to continue my career in the industry. I soon recognized the significant advantage a master's degree would offer; however, I did not want a traditional MBA. The MMH program presented the perfect fit—it offers a business education with a focus on the industry that I love.
Tell us about your first impression of the Cornell MMH program.
From my first day at the Hotel School, I instantly felt at home. Being among peers and faculty who devote their pursuits to this industry is inspirational, and motivates me to learn every day.
What are your plans post-Cornell?
After completing the MMH program, I hope to continue building on my entrepreneurial dreams in event planning. Since the program has so much to offer, from extremely relevant coursework to professors and alumni who are always willing to give advice, I have no doubt that neither I nor my classmates will have any issues pursuing our post-graduation dreams.
"We have students from many different career backgrounds—including non-hospitality backgrounds—from all ages, genders, countries, and religious beliefs or non-beliefs. Each of us brings in our own perspectives to add to the MMH experience."Read more »
"My prior experience was exclusively in luxury hotels, and my goal was to open my horizons, learn from the very best hoteliers, and develop/manage my very own hotels. But the MMH program exposed me to a lot more that this industry has to offer."Read more »
"I chose the MMH program for a myriad of reasons. Small class sizes. World-renowned professors. The opportunity to grow with classmates from around the world. The endless resources that would be at my fingertips. And a culture that is hard to describe with words."Read more »
"Get to know the professors very well. Those in the real estate department are world class and know a ton of people in the industry. They will help you find a job if you put in the effort to showcase yourself to them."Read more »
"This program was beyond an education, beyond increased opportunities to network—it was a connection with a group of people who share your passion for hospitality and will be excellent friends and assets to you for the rest of your life."Read more »