Davana Bolton '16
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
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. Being a Hotelie means having empathy, patience, and that extra special quirk that removes you from the pack.
What accomplishments are you most proud of while at Cornell?
I joined Cornell Cuvee, SHA's blind wine-tasting society, at the beginning of my senior year. I was selected for the team that would compete in Lausanne, Switzerland, at a competition called Millesime. My team and I became close while we practiced five or more evenings per week and our coach, Cheryl Stanley, offered guidance. Over spring break, we traveled to the competition and placed third against 13 teams from all over Europe!
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I was a member of Cornell DanceSport (competitive ballroom dancing) for four years, and it was one of the best decisions I made at school. When I joined as a freshman, I gained an instant group of friends from every year and major who helped me transition to life at Cornell. By my senior year, those same people were my roommates and my family.
"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 »
"The juxtaposition of flexibility and specificity of the SHA degree is special and has yet to be duplicated anywhere else in the world."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."Read more »
"I've never had more doors open to me than when I have told people that I went to the Hotel School."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means you are part of the world's greatest network. Not only do you have the power of the education you've earned at the school; you also have the network and support from everyone around you, a culture that can push you to the next tier of success."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means understanding your place in the both the Hotel School and Cornell networks and becoming a productive member of those communities. A Hotelie recognizes the value of connection and advances the world of hospitality in both his/her personal and professional lives."Read more »