I am 20 years old, and I was born and raised in Centennial. I only moved 20 minutes away when I decided to attend the University of Denver in 2016. DU is the perfect choice for me because I am able to pursue a major in hospitality management within a top program.
Fascinated with hospitality
Growing up, my family would travel all over and stay in many different types of hotels. I was always fascinated by the inner workings of a hotel and how they allowed me to escape into a different world. Hospitality is about people and connections. Through my work, I hope to connect with individuals with different stories and make their lives better, even if it is only for a few days.
I aspire to be a director of revenue for a luxury hotel company. I have always grown up with a passion for numbers and problem solving, and through this career path I can combine both interests into my ideal job.
The American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation scholarship takes some of the stress of paying for college off my shoulders. With the help of AHLEF, I can work a little less and focus on my schoolwork and the experiences college has to offer.
Growing in industry
Already, the hospitality industry has provided me with so many new friends and amazing experiences. The industry gives me the opportunity to create a lasting impression on everyone I come in contact with.
As a front-desk agent, I had a guest that lost some jewelry in the room. She was hysterical, so I took the day to tear apart the room searching with her. This small act of kindness where I understood exactly what my guest needed stuck with her, and as a result, she continues to come back to the hotel. In my job, I have the power to change someone’s day with a single act of kindness.
Growing up, I would not have been described as a people person. I hated talking to new people, and everyone thought it was crazy I was getting into hospitality. But seeing how much I love the industry, it just proves that when you find something you love, a new side of you will come out.
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