My name is Alec Dalton. I study hospitality administration. I'm from Slatersville, Rhode Island. I chose to study in the School of Hospitality Administration because of the access to the industry as well as access to one of America's top research universities. As a professional school, we're always geared towards careers within the hospitality industry.
Hospitality is around us when we go on vacation. Hospitality is around us when we go out to get a bite to eat. It's literally the biggest industry in the world. And that excites me because I know that no matter where I end up in the world, there's always a job for me. So that's pretty exciting.
I think faculty interaction is the most important part of the SHA student experience. It's essential that we have access not only to people who can share their perspective as academics, but also share their breadth of knowledge from industry related experience in hotels and restaurants around the world. There's not a day that goes by when we don't have a leader of our industry walking through the doors at 928 Commonwealth Avenue.
They are hospitality gurus, pretty much. And they really come to class and they're open books. And they tell us about how they got to where they are, how we can get to where they are, and how we can develop as individuals.
International studies are actually a required component of the SHA student experience. Students can work anywhere from New Zealand to London, or even domestically. I've had the pleasure of working for a variety of companies, most recently the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company.
By the end of November, I actually got my first job offer from Hilton. So after graduation, I'll be taking that job.
In the School of Hospitality Administration, 100% of the students looking for employment after graduation are successful in attaining employment.