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.
"Although Hotelies may enter different businesses, the underlying hospitality theme drives our dedication to work around people every day."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 »
"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 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."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 »