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.
"The juxtaposition of flexibility and specificity of the SHA degree is special and has yet to be duplicated anywhere else in the world."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 »
"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 »
"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 »
"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 »