Student Spotlight: Alyssa Lappin
Major: Hospitality Management
Hospitality caught Alyssa Lappin's interest when she was a child.
"I went to a hotel in Michigan City for vacation every year with my family and analyzed every aspect of it," she said. "I would then go home and play hotel with my family and friends."
Lappin selected College of DuPage after touring the Culinary & Hospitality Center, which opened in 2011.
"I fell in love with it. I had visited other schools and just the kitchens in the new building were top quality over others," she said. "The way that the Hospitality program at COD is laid out helps students in every aspect of the field. I have taken service and food classes for the culinary aspect, I have taken marketing and accounting classes to help with budget management, and I have taken front office and event planning classes to help with customer service. Every professor I have had is extremely passionate about their careers and their students. Any time that I needed extra help, I got it.
"(Professor) Mary Beth Leone had made a statement that fully pulled me into the hospitality industry. She said that product in the hospitality industry is intangible. You are leaving your customers with memories. I will carry that thought with me throughout my career."
Lappin will graduate with her Associate in Applied Science degree in Hospitality Management in December of 2013. She plans to continue at Roosevelt University through COD's 3+1 program that will allow her to finish her bachelor's degree from Roosevelt through classes taught on COD's campus. After that, she would like to become a hotel manager.
Her advice for future students is to go to school for what you love.
"If I could give any advice to students considering the College of DuPage Hospitality program, I would tell them that going away to school is not the only option for a great education," she said. "COD's Hospitality Management program is top of the line and so much fun!"
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