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If you are the parent of a college bound high school student then this podcast is for you. Our goal is to give you the information you need to SAVE TIME, SAVE MONEY, and reduce stress in the college process. We will cover all aspects of planning and paying for college including things like: What to do if you do not qualify for financial aid, student loans, FAFSA and CSS profile, merit aid, scholarships, college tax breaks, visits, ACT and SAT, college fairs, the application process, and good college planning websites. Essentially all things college.
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THCC107- Majoring in Hospitality- A Case Study with Lisa Sturgeon Interview with Lisa Sturgeon, Adjunct Professor at Husson University and Communications & Resource Manager at Geaghan Brothers Brewing Company
3 days ago
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 co