Shaida Anderson

"Coming to SNHU helped me grasp exactly what I want to do."

Transferring to SNHU has brought Shaida Anderson’s career aspiration into sharper focus.

Anderson arrived on campus in the fall of 2012 from New Hampshire Technical Institute, where she earned a two-year associate’s degree in hospitality and tourism management in 2011. While pursuing that degree she learned about the opportunity to transfer into SNHU’s hospitality management program, and because SNHU accepts up to 90 transfer credits, she spent a third year taking classes at NHTI.

An Alton, N.H., resident who commutes an hour to SNHU’s Manchester campus three days a week, Anderson began her senior year thinking about a hotel career but through her coursework discovered a stronger interest.

“I really want to own my own restaurant,” she says. “Coming to SNHU has helped me grasp exactly what I want to do.”

A restaurant server starting in her teenage years, Anderson has been working in a Manchester bistro to gain practical experience while studying. Upon graduation, she hopes to move to California or a Spanish-speaking country to work as a bartender. “I feel like I need to know every job before I become management,” she says.

Through her management and finance courses at SNHU, Anderson is laying a foundation from which to work her way up in the industry. “I’ve learned what you need to have in a restaurant to be successful,” she says.