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.
"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 »
"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 »
"The Hotel School has provided me with peers, friends, professors, and mentors who are willing to dedicate their life to serve others. I am nothing but proud to be part of this passionate and devoted community whose members are always there for each other."Read more »
"Each new student you connect with could become a close friend, business partner, or co-worker later in life."Read more »
"Every student—whether they go into operations, finance, or real estate—leaves with a well-rounded education in business and hospitality."Read more »