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.
"Thanks to small class sizes and professors' genuine interest in students' holistic development, I was able to find support through faculty in a way that I never had before transferring to Cornell."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means understanding your place in the both the Hotel School and Cornell networks and becoming a productive member of those communities. A Hotelie recognizes the value of connection and advances the world of hospitality in both his/her personal and professional lives."Read more »
"The School of Hotel Administration has given me all of the tools and experiences that I need to succeed in anything business-related."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 practicing business with heart. We learn plenty about profit maximization and good business practices, but when it comes down to it, a Hotelie will always place the guest and their happiness above anything else."Read more »