Jennifer Marcott '18

Jennifer Marcott '18

Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Concentration: Services marketing and operations management

What does being a Hotelie mean to you?

Being a Hotelie means there are no limits to what you can do. It means you are someone who understands the importance and the presence of hospitality everywhere and is excited to use that skill to do incredible things and make our world a more enjoyable place.

If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?

Do not be scared of the size of Cornell and do not attempt to join everything that interests you. As a Hotelie, you have a much more centralized and close group of classmates. You may find your best friends or your future business partners.

And while you are busy meeting all these new people, make sure to get involved in activities on campus. Different clubs and organizations on campus can undoubtedly better both your Cornell and Hotelie experiences. However, trying to join everything you can right away can definitely throw an imbalance into your settling-in and your overall schedule.

What is your definition of diversity as it relates to your Cornell experience?

Through SHA, I have met and become close with students from all over the world. I get to say that I am from Los Angeles, California and that some of my closest friends in SHA are from Amsterdam, Toronto, Beijing, Thailand, Hong Kong, Milan, Venezuela, and Miami. Not a lot of people get to go to college and experience that. Diversity, as it relates to Cornell and SHA, is an added bonus on top of an already incredible college experience.

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Tommy Ballerini '18

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Sarah Monahan '19

Sarah Monahan '19

"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!"

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Davana Bolton '16

Davana Bolton '16

"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."

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Vanessa Chu '17

Vanessa Chu '17

"The Hotel School has given me the flexibility to take a breadth and depth of classes offered in and outside the school."

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Lauren Mahaney '16

Lauren Mahaney '16

"I've never had more doors open to me than when I have told people that I went to the Hotel School."

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