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.
"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 »
"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 »
"Being a Hotelie means you are part of the world's greatest network. Not only do you have the power of the education you've earned at the school; you also have the network and support from everyone around you, a culture that can push you to the next tier of success."Read more »
"Being a Hotelie means wanting to help others and connect, forming not only business contacts, but also deep friendships."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 »