Junior Hospitality Management Major, Events Concentration
- What made you decide to pursue hospitality management? Were you always interested in this career path?
From a young age, I had a passion for planning events- I just didn’t realize it at the time. I always took particular interest in planning, designing and organizing family events with my mom. For each one of my birthday parties, I had a different theme. From there, I created a vision, which I followed through from the design of the invitations to what was included in the “treat” bags. Even then, I noticed I had a meticulous eye for detail. In addition, I enjoyed watching shows such as My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and Say Yes to the Dress. I kept telling my family “I want to plan parties”. My parents suggested I come up with an alternative plan because at the time when I was growing up event planning wasn’t a well-known career path. When I was in high school and began to research prospective careers, I discovered how fast the hospitality industry was growing. My parents were thrilled I could chase my dream. I no longer needed a back-up plan because a job as an event planner was a possible and lucrative career path.
- Have you had the opportunity to plan any events as part of your coursework? What did you enjoy most?
Last semester I took the Management of Corporate Events course at Endicott. As part of the course, we were placed in groups of three and asked to plan and execute a specific event. My group’s assignment was to plan an event that focused on the 2016 Presidential Election. The goals for the event were to provide students with an opportunity to learn about election issues and create an environment for students to demonstrate election issue knowledge. To accomplish these goals, we came up with the idea to do a mock debate and trivia game. Being college students ourselves, we knew that the only way to get students to attend was to engage them in an interactive activity. We teamed up with the Political Action Committee (PAC), another organization on campus. Two of the Political Action Committee members represented the two candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, during the mock debate. Students were challenged to test their knowledge from the debate in the trivia game that followed. From past internships, I have learned a lot about social events and weddings. My favorite part of doing this event was that I was able to step out of my comfort zone and be exposed to a type of event that I wasn’t familiar with. I also enjoyed the hands-on aspect of this course. Planning this event throughout the semester allowed me to see an event through from start to finish. It was great to see the success we had with this event after all the hard work and time we had put into it.
- What has been your favorite part of being involved with MPI? Have you made a lot of connections with other members?
I actually just became a member of MPI. Last year, I became very involved with ILEA. My goal this year is to become an active member of MPI. I think to be well-rounded, it would be valuable for me to make connections in both MPI and ILEA. Through being involved with ILEA I have made several connections and have been offered many great opportunities as a result. I hope that over time, I will be able to do the same with MPI. My first meeting was in February and I really enjoyed the educational portion and meeting new people. It was also great to see some familiar faces from ILEA.
- What would be your dream job when you graduate?
After graduation, I hope to work for a large events company in the Boston area. I am very interested in event design and social events, however I do want to have the opportunity to do corporate events as well. Something I would love to do in the future is be able to travel and plan events around the world. I think it would be a great experience to step out of my comfort zone and learn about the traditions and cultures in other countries.
- Can you tell us a little bit about your other hobbies and interests?
In my free time, I do a lot of volunteer and community service work. I have a passion for helping people and making a difference in the lives of others. Something I enjoy is working with kids. Growing up with my mom being a special education teacher, I sometimes went to help her at work. For the past few summers, I have volunteered at a high school in the summer program working with special needs kids. Working with them is a lot of fun and very rewarding. Also, last spring break I participated in the Alternative Spring Break program at Endicott. As a group of 15 students, we traveled to Pittsboro, North Carolina to help build homes for families there with the Chatham Habitat for Humanity. The best part of the trip was meeting the families at the end of our visit and seeing how grateful and appreciative they were of our help. When I am not volunteering, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and taking indoor cycling classes.