"Being at SNHU gave me a passion for learning that I didn’t know I had."
Hailing from a small Vermont town, Kaitlin Sampson has parlayed her SNHU experience into a budding tourism career.
As Sampson neared completion of her Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality Business in the spring of 2013, a professor encouraged her to apply to the Marriott International hotel chain’s Voyage Global Leadership Development Program for new college graduates.
After applying and completing two rounds of interviews, Sampson became one of 200 Voyagers selected from approximately 20,000 applicants across the country. Shortly after graduating, she started working full-time for Marriott’s Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. And after a year spent learning hotel management, she’ll have the chance to pursue an entry-level management position within Marriott’s worldwide organization.
Long interested in travel, Sampson was one of four SNHU Student Ambassadors selected to accompany President Paul LeBlanc to the Halki Summit, a June 2012 forum on global environmental responsibility held on an island near Istanbul, Turkey. Moreover, as part of a sustainable-tourism class, she worked with a group of students in Greece to develop environmentally friendly tourism strategies for an island in that region.
“I’m hoping in the future to get my master’s degree in sustainable tourism,” she says. “Down the road, I’m considering being a professor and conducting research.”
President of SNHU’s Hospitality Student Association, a resident assistant and a senior class events co-chair during her time on campus, Sampson is grateful for what she took away from SNHU.
“My education has given me a lot of confidence,” she says. “Being at SNHU gave me a passion for learning that I didn’t know I had.”