Brooke Gerstein '15
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
Being a Hotelie is elevating experiences with excellent relationships. "Life is Service" has become a mantra for me, on and off "the floor"—it is that mentality that has had the greatest impact on my career, as well as in my personal life.
What internship has most impacted your career plans?
Empire Merchants, hands down. We're lucky enough to send one student as an intern each year, and having the opportunity to work with other Hotelies—as well as the most amazing wine and spirits suppliers and buyers throughout metro New York—definitely affirmed my career within the wine industry. The relationships I made that summer have been indispensable, and I'm lucky enough to continue working with my colleagues there at my current position.
What resources at Cornell have helped you the most?
The beverage center and the wine program in general. Whether it was seeking advice from my adviser, Cheryl Stanley, or working with producers in the finger lakes from a wine making or marketing perspective with Kathryn LaTour, the resources were immeasurable in discovering my passion.
"The Hotel School has provided me with peers, friends, professors, and mentors who are willing to dedicate their life to serve others. I am nothing but proud to be part of this passionate and devoted community whose members are always there for each other."Read more »
"The School of Hotel Administration has given me all of the tools and experiences that I need to succeed in anything business-related."Read more »
"Get to know your professors. They truly want you to succeed in every aspect of your college career, and are dedicated to helping you reach that success in any way that they can."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."Read more »
"Don't be afraid to take risks, venture out of your comfort zone, and try something that you would never have done. You have been given such a wonderful opportunity to learn and grow as a student and individual—take advantage!"Read more »