Grant Behnke '17
During their time at Statler Hall, students are exploring every corner of the highly dynamic hotel industry, and broader real estate and service industries. The juxtaposition of flexibility and specificity of the degree is special and has yet to be duplicated anywhere else in the world. The flexibility of the degree, combined with the school's network and continued support, allows students to stay connected to an industry they love while pursuing a career that closely matches their talents.
What are your plans post-Cornell?
My plans post-Cornell are currently divided in two. On one path, I am pursuing a "traditional" full-time job in either hospitality real estate, sustainable development, or impact investment. On another path, I am applying to graduate school programs in Europe where I would continue my research on sustainable tourism development.
If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?
Relax, keep your mind open, find a mentor, create a plan, work hard but not too hard. When I arrived at SHA, there was a lot to wrap my head around. I could have saved myself one very trying semester if I had just relaxed about everything, asked people for advice, and completed first-year soul searching in more focused manner.
"As a Hotelie, you are part of a tight-knit and extremely passionate group of diverse individuals. When you become a Hotelie, it is not just for your four years at Cornell, but for the rest of your life."Read more »
"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 »
"Utilize everything the SHA network has to offer. Hotelies love to help other Hotelies, and asking advice on courses and work can make a big difference."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 »
"Hotel Ezra Cornell is one of the hallmarks of my Cornell career. The chance to run a hundred-million-dollar facility for a weekend and create an innovative and educational conference for the world's top business leaders is incredible."Read more »