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.
"Each new student you connect with could become a close friend, business partner, or co-worker later in life."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means being a member of one of the most well-connected and integrated communities in the industry. It's not about being a part of a community just for your four years at Cornell; it's about joining a community for a lifetime."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 »
"I've made an effort to do one thing each semester that scares me a little: take an intimidating class, join a different organization, or apply for an internship. Each endeavor has provided me with a new perspective."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 »