I was really nervous the few days before this trip that I wasn’t going to be able to go due to a horrible persisting illness and fever, and truthfully I was a click away from sending an email to Michael saying that I wasn’t going to be able to make it, but here I am, feeling much better and as amped up as ever for this opportunity.
Regarding goals and expectations, I’d say I am keeping an open mind, and not setting any EXPECTATIONS out of what will come out: perhaps I’ll realize that this is the field in which I would like to work the rest of my life, or I could come out of it realizing that it might not suit me and my majors. However, I have set a few GOALS for myself in order to make the most out of it:
First of all, I want to be able to connect with the people around me, not just alumni and leaders, and also my peers. I feel like getting to know my peers and their aspirations will tell me more about myself and how I can operate within the field. With regards to alumni, I want to get to know them as much as possible for the sake of learning! I don’t necessarily want to hear things that I already believe or understand. Instead, I’d love to hear ideas and concepts that change my mind about the field. Admittedly, I understand hospitality in a very primary and elementary way, and I am hoping that I will understand the intricacies of it through conversation.
One last thing that I’m extremely interested in is how I would be able to use my statistics major within the field. I’m not sure I will receive a direct answer on this, but I plan on asking as many questions to form my own personal understanding of how it will impact my opportunities in this field.
So excited to get started!