Lauren Mahaney '16
I always knew I wanted to go into hospitality, so I set my sights on SHA as soon as I learned that it was the premier hospitality school in the country, if not the world. Looking back now, I've never had more doors open to me than when I have told people that I went to the Hotel School.
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
To me, being a Hotelie means that you take pleasure in helping other people enjoy experiences. Personally, I get the greatest professional enjoyment from making a regular experience special or from turning an ordinary moment into something unforgettable. The way people light up when that moment becomes special to them makes me truly happy that I do what I do.
What are your plans post-Cornell?
I am currently working as a supervisor at a luxury private members club at AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants play. This is a special opportunity for me because I was able to combine my two passions—hospitality and sports—into one pretty awesome job at the ballpark where my favorite team plays.
If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?
1) Treat everyone you go to school with like a hospitality professional. This industry is very small, and word travels, because people are unlikely to forget being treated poorly in the past; and 2) don't forget to take classes that you are passionate about.
Don't forget that you have been given the opportunity to go to a university that prides itself on being an institution for any person seeking knowledge in any study. Embrace that freedom because you may never have the opportunity again.
"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 »
"The School of Hotel Administration has given me all of the tools and experiences that I need to succeed in anything business-related."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 »
"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 »
"Get to know your professors. They truly want you to succeed in every aspect of your college career, and are dedicated to helping you reach that success in any way that they can."Read more »