I am a transfer hospitality management major here at Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. I started fall 2015 and am now considered a junior. I’ve not had an atypical path to get here. I graduated high school in 2007 and went on to take advantage of a state scholarship, New Jersey Stars, offered to me. I attended Camden County Community College, where I was able to get all of my general education credits paid for. At that point, I had no clue what career field I wanted to pursue. My list was extensive and oddly varied – from actress to hospice nurse.
Upon graduation, the only thing I was sure of was how much I loved to serve others. At that time, I was working as a host in a local country club. During that period, most of my fulfillment came from my job; however, I still wasn’t certain where I should continue my schooling. Eventually I enrolled at The Restaurant School. I graduated in 2012 with an Associate Degree in Pastry Arts. I became a bit more confident in my decision to go forth into the hospitality industry, yet, I was still unsure exactly what I wanted to make of myself within the industry. I decided to hit the ground running and began to work both front and back of the house. I knew that I wanted to be “well-versed” in both departments to have a more dynamic edge. Through my work experiences, I gained an even greater confidence in my decision to go forth into the hospitality industry.
The education I am receiving within the program is challenging me to think beyond what I know of the hospitality industry
This now takes me to present day. With a working knowledge of the hospitality industry, a well crafted résumé, and a recognition of the empowerment and personal growth education garners, I knew Drexel was where I had to go. There was no question. Drexel’s hospitality program has its finger on the hospitality industry’s pulse and is continually exposing students to future opportunities. The education I am receiving within the program is challenging me to think beyond what I know of the hospitality industry. The faculty within the department are inspiring and have a personal investment in each and every one of their students. While its hard being a full-time student and juggling a full-time work schedule, the experience and education I am getting at Drexel is worth it.