Marlee Birnberg '17
What does being a Hotelie mean to you?
There is an overwhelming sense of pride when anyone says "I am a Hotelie." Hotelies have similar outlooks on life and goals for the future. Although we may enter different businesses, the underlying hospitality theme drives our dedication to work around people every day.
What internship has most impacted your career plans?
My Bay Club internship after my sophomore year impacted my post-grad plans the most. The Bay Club's company culture aligned with my values and lifestyle. I was excited to go to work every day.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I joined Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE)—one of the business fraternities on campus—to find a network of people outside the Hotel School to help shape my career interests and my college experience in general. I built my business acumen with PSE's resources and have since taken junior and executive board positions. As a senior and vice president of alumni relations, I have been able to give back to the underclassmen from my experiences.
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."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 »
"'Life is Service' has become a mantra for me, on and off "the floor"—it is that mentality that has had the greatest impact on my career, as well as in my personal 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 »
"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!"Read more »