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.
"Thanks to small class sizes and professors' genuine interest in students' holistic development, I was able to find support through faculty in a way that I never had before transferring to Cornell."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."Read more »
"Through SHA, I have met and become close with students from all over the world. Diversity is an added bonus on top of an already incredible college experience."Read more »
"I've made an effort to do one thing each semester that scares me a little: take an intimidating class, join a different organization, or apply for an internship. Each endeavor has provided me with a new perspective."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means practicing business with heart. We learn plenty about profit maximization and good business practices, but when it comes down to it, a Hotelie will always place the guest and their happiness above anything else."Read more »