And now for personal info nobody is actually interested in: I have a mom and dad who still live in Dallas, and a brother who recently graduated from the Wilderness Leadership program at Prescott College and now lives and works as a mountain guide in Crested Butte, CO. Um, good one. We could not be more different. I am a woman who loves air conditioning, shopping, and a good polo shirt. I should mention that I watch the Food Network and have taken a VERY intense culinary class where I produced many many fabulous savory dishes and baked goods; however, my biggest at-home culinary triumph to date has been a big german apple pancake. I donâ€™t get the chance to read books often because of schoolwork, but my favorite hands down is The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. During the school year, I read only the classiest tabloids (People and Us Weekly) but I try not to bring them up in conversation. I was a serious clarinet player for 9 years [I was once president of the Plano West Band, ohhhh yes I was] and hope to start playing competitively again soon. I am not an athlete of any kind, but I do talk the talk when it comes to softball. I used to be a pretty good little player back in high school, but when it comes to intramural slow-pitch these days I have the mouth to play catcher and thatâ€™s about it. I have wonderful friends from all different majors and colleges here at Cornell. I should also admit that I like Microsoft Excelâ€¦ a lot. I know, right?
Sending love to Columbia because finals week over there seems as soulcrushing as finals week over here.
9:27 pm , May 13 , 2008
More than you ever needed to know.
My name is Jenna and I’m a senior Hotel Administration major (you know you’re jealous). I came here from Plano, TX, a huge suburb of Dallas where the high school football teams and the retail shopping experiences are top-notch. I graduated in 2004 from Plano West Senior High, a two-year public high school with around 1800 students. I’m now in Cornell’s School of Hotel Administration where the entire school is smaller than my graduating senior class, but I like it that way. Although we’re allowed to concentrate in specific areas within the Hotel Administration major– Finance or Food and Beverage, for example– I sort of spent the last 3 years dabbling in everything from culinary arts to hotel design to information systems. I’m thinking that I’d like to go into some sort of industry-related writing; maybe, like, travel magazine writing?
I’m just getting started on my senior year and could not be happier (or busier, really). I work as a Cornell tour guide, answering the phone for 254-INFO, working in the traffic/visitor information booths around campus, and writing back to those emails you send to firstname.lastname@example.org. True to my Southern roots, I’m a member of a sorority, Kappa Delta, and lived in the house with 35 of my sisters sophomore year. I’m involved in various hotelie clubs and worked as a function manager for Hotel Ezra Cornell, a weekend-long event where hotelies take over the Statler Hotel and showcase their talents to hundreds of guests who just happen to be the most influential leaders in the global hospitality industry. In 2007-2008, I take over as the executive director of the Vagina Monologues as part of the nationwide V-Day movement to stop violence against women. Freshman year, I played clarinet in the Cornell Wind Ensemble, bass clarinet in the Cornell Symphony Orchestra, and a little bit of both in the Cornell Chamber Orchestra. I served as Director of Tours for the Hotel School and am now the president of the Hotel School Ambassadors, the group of fabulous hotelies that give tours to prospective students and act as mentors to newly admitted freshmen. Also, I am one of the founding members of the Hotel School Student Advisory Board, a group of SHA students who meet with academic deans to discuss curriculum and other things that will help continuously improve our fabulous school. On top of all that, I had a column in the Cornell Daily Sun junior year (called “Fast Times at Statler High”) and remain on the Sun Op-Ed Board my senior year. I am also an editor of a news blog run by an outside firm, as well as a writer at Hotelchatter.com. Plus, I go out on the weekends… really, I do have a life. Kind of.
This year’s mission: find a job or get into grad school. And, um, graduate.
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