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.
"I've never had more doors open to me than when I have told people that I went to the Hotel School."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 »
"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 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 »
"The Hotel School has given me the flexibility to take a breadth and depth of classes offered in and outside the school."Read more »