Tommy Ballerini ’18

Tommy Ballerini '18

Hometown: Maywood, NJ

Minor: Real Estate

Concentration: Corporate finance/financial consulting

Why SHA [Cornell Peter and Stephanie Nolan School of Hotel Administration]?

SHA [Cornell Nolan School] 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 [Nolan School] has rigorously prepared me.

If you were to offer advice to incoming first-year students, what would you say?

  1. Be open-minded.
  2. Act like a sponge and take in as much as possible.
  3. 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 [Nolan School], I’ve met some amazing people who have different backgrounds and experiences that I can truly learn from. My SHA [Nolan School] experience would simply not be the same if I was not exposed to such interesting and diverse people.