Majoring in hospitality can open many different doors to amazing jobs. ”It’s not just managers or hotel operators. It is all-encompassing of other industries and professions,” notes today’s guest Lisa Sturgeon. She is now the communications and resource manager at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company and has returned to her alma mater Husson University in Maine as a professor. In this episode, Lisa shares her personal journey through undergraduate and graduate school to tailor her experience to achieve her dream career.
Questions Answered Today:
What was Lisa’s experience like?
Lisa was able to participate in several internships, even though they were outside of her comfort zone, such as a four month experience at an airport working in marketing. She wasn’t sure how it fit with her degree, but she kept an open mind and went with it.
Some schools have internship programs available and will even assign them as part of your curriculum. It is also possible to solicit your own internship.
Some internships are paid, and others are not. If you are an employer, be aware of the tax laws applicable to your situation.
Also available are job shadow experiences where you can spend the day with someone in your chosen profession to do what Lisa describes as, “See what a day in the life is like.” It can be as simple as calling a professional in your field and seeing if they would be interested in allowing you to shadow them for a day.
Before Lisa began applying to colleges, she started by applying to scholarships. During her study hall period of her junior year in high school, she spent the entire time filling out scholarship applications instead of talking or sleeping like some of her classmates.
She won an academic based scholarship from Husson and an additional five other scholarships to cover the costs of her first two years of undergraduate study in full.
Lisa recommends checking all the possible scholarships that do not have an application fee. Your counselor can help you pinpoint specific and unique ones to apply to.
What should parents of high school students be aware of?
“Time management is huge and the transition from life in high school to life in college is completely different,” says Sturgeon.
This is something many freshmen college students will struggle with.
Lisa recommends breaking down the hours over the course of a week, hour by hour and day by day, to budget your time appropriately.
This will help students have some breathing room.
“You can either pay now and play later, or play now and pay later,” warns Sturgeon. Time management is crucial because there isn’t extra credit in real life.
You do not want to fail classes and have to pay for the same class again! This puts a stop on your educational process because you can’t move forward without certain prerequisites complete.
“You get what you put into it,” Sturgeon describes about a college degree, “it should be more than just a piece of paper.”
LINKS AND RESOURCES:
- Twitter @lisasturgeon207
- Email: sturgeonL@husson.edu
- Also available on LinkedIn
Core Area #3 Building a team
Every family is going to have to build a team. Who will be on this team? Will you add a professional or two? Your team could include:
- Other Family
- School Counselor
- Financial Planner/Tax or Investment Advisor
- College Funding Advisor
- College Admissions Counselors
- Test Prep Experts
- Athletic Recruiting Experts
Some things they might help with are finding scholarships, maybe help with athletic recruiting, and those with financial qualifications can guide you through finding financial aid, the tax process, and student loans.
Episode 21: Is Your Financial Advisor Ready For College
Episode 33: Test Prep for High Scores
Episode 85: Should Your Student Test Again As a Senior?
Episode 79: What is Your Test Strategy?
Episode 78: 3 Ways to Make the Most of Your College Visit
Episode 66: Tips on How Undecided Students Can Choose a Major
“Put College to Work” by Kat Clowes
Episode 20: The Write Stuff- Acing The College Essay
Episode 40: How to Get Into and Afford Ivy League Schools
Episode 24: Game Plan: Athletic Scholarships
Optional Area- Pre Med
There are many families out there with students considering a profession in the medical field, which requires an advanced degree.
A lot of these majors are on a path where you need to really understand what you are getting into. What you do in late high school will lead into what you do in college, which will lead you to medical school.
Episode 52: Successful Planning for Pre-Med and Medical School Students
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