Tommy Ballerini '18
SHA is unlike any other school in the world. It's the perfect blend of business and hospitality, providing endless opportunities in terms of career paths. I know I have a well-grounded background in so many different areas due to how much SHA has rigorously prepared me.
If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?
- Be open-minded.
- Act like a sponge and take in as much as possible.
- Take advantage of the resources available to you.
I now send questions to professors on a regular basis, utilize the communication center, and stop by Student Services whenever I need to.
What is your definition of diversity as it relates to your Cornell experience?
Differences in thought, culture, and experiences are what I consider to be diversity. At SHA, I've met some amazing people who have different backgrounds and experiences that I can truly learn from. My SHA experience would simply not be the same if I was not exposed to such interesting and diverse people.
"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 »
"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 »
"I've never had more doors open to me than when I have told people that I went to the Hotel School."Read more »
"The Hotel School has given me the flexibility to take a breadth and depth of classes offered in and outside the school."Read more »
"The juxtaposition of flexibility and specificity of the SHA degree is special and has yet to be duplicated anywhere else in the world."Read more »