The following interview was conducted by Tisch Center student worker, Haley Park.
What made you decide that you wanted to study at the Tisch Center and pursue a career in this industry?
Studying at the Tisch Center allows me to gain a holistic view of hospitality as well as in-depth knowledge in the specific sub-sectors, while immersing myself in meaningful resources and opportunities in the New York City, the best place to start a career in hospitality, and the best place to explore and challenge yourself.
What extracurriculars are you involved in or hoping to get more involved in?
The Tisch Center has two undergraduate Hospitality clubs: HSMAI (Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International) and HBS (Hospitality Business Society). The Tisch Center also offers a lot of opportunities including Fireside Chats with industry professionals, hotel tours, panels, and the annual Intercollegiate Conference hosted by HSMAI Chapters from NYU, Cornell, BU, and Penn State. As the President of the HSMAI NYU Chapter, I do not limit myself in school, I attend a lot of events outside of NYU, which give me an opportunity to connect with more professionals from the industry and students from other schools. With an interest in Hotel Real Estate, I’m also active in events host by Schack Institute of Real Estate and its student club.
What has been one of your favorite classes at the Tisch Center and what sort of impact did it have on you?
Lodging Industry Structures & Strategies is one of my favorite classes at the Tisch Center. As the first class for the hospitality program, it not only offers a holistic understanding of the lodging industry in terms of history, practices, and trends, but also explains the most fundamental professional terms and language of the industry. This class is an excellent start for a passionate hotelier no matter which concentration they are focusing on later.
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
I have a concentration in Hotel Development, a joint minor in Computer Science & Mathematics, and a second interest in Real Estate which I took some classes at Schack. Combining my passions and skills, I’m pursuing a career in Hotel Real Estate Development, while always being adapted to the changes and embracing the future disruption across all industries.
Is there anything else you want to share?
I studied abroad to London for one semester, which was one of the best experiences in my college life. The biggest reason studying abroad is the opportunity to see the world, to understand a different culture, and to gain different perspectives. When you live and study in a place, it’s very different from when you just travel there. London is completely different from New York, I experienced a brand-new culture and lifestyle, I travelled a lot on weekends to other European countries, I made some new friends. More importantly, through all of these experiences, I gave myself a chance to better understand myself and find my new interests in this big world.