I’m born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. When I graduated from the old North High School, I knew I wanted to stay and I just knew what I wanted to do.
After some research and talking with different people, the Ivy Tech Hospitality program really stood out to me. It puts you in the community right away; I was planning events before I really knew how. I was so fascinated by the fact that I could take what we’d learned in a classroom and really apply it right away. I worked the front desk at a few hotels previously and applied what we learned in Customer Service class. When business travelers check-in, you have to really be there for them, show them a lot of attention, and help them navigate. I did that for 6 years and really loved it. Another great part of culinary arts and the hospitality industry is you can experience a lot. I can get a job anywhere I please — from Disney to any other cruise ship, a hotel, the not-for-profit sector, you name it. I can go anywhere.