Vanessa Chu '17
Why the School of Hotel Administration?
I love how the Hotel School has given me the flexibility to take a breadth and depth of classes offered in and outside the school. Also, Hotel School professors take a genuine interest in students—and that's particularly hard to find in college!
What has been your favorite class at Cornell?
I think my favorite class at Cornell so far is Professor Lawrence's Case Studies in Multi-Unit Restaurant Strategy class. I love how the class is discussion-based and the material is extremely relevant within the hospitality industry and also outside the hospitality industry.
What is your main Cornell extracurricular activity? Why is it important to you?
I'm currently President of Pandora Dance Troupe, a student-led dance troupe that performs twice a year. Having danced since I was four, I knew I wanted to continue to do so at college. Pandora has been a perfect non-Hotelie family for me and has allowed me to develop my leadership skills as well.
"'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 »
"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 »
"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 »
"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 »
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."Read more »