Macarena Moreno '16
SHA is the best hotel school in the world! I was able to get a world-class education, network with industry leaders, and explore multiple fields within the hospitality industry.
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
The School of Hotel Administration has provided me with peers, friends, professors, and mentors who are willing to dedicate their life to serve others. Hotelies always introduce themselves and show genuine curiosity to learn more about each other. They are friendly, make me laugh in the most stressful times, and taught me that they will always have my back. Nothing is more important than the relationships I have built in this school. I am nothing but proud to be part of this passionate and devoted community whose members are always there for each other.
If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?
1) Give your best work and be proud of the things you will accomplish at this school. Each piece of work you turn in is a presentation of yourself. 2) Embrace the Hotelie network! As an active volunteer in Hotel Ezra Cornell, president of the Cornell Real Estate Club, and member of Ye Hosts Honorary Society, I was able to meet other amazing Hotelies who are truly passionate about the hotel industry and who are willing to work together to achieve great things.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
Being president of the Real Estate Club at Cornell has been one of my most fulfilling activities at Cornell. As a club leader, I was able to organize and engage with other students who shared my same passion and interest in hospitality real estate.
"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 »
"Although Hotelies may enter different businesses, the underlying hospitality theme drives our dedication to work around people every day."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 »
"Through SHA, I have met and become close with students from all over the world. Diversity is an added bonus on top of an already incredible college experience."Read more »
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