Damaris Messina, Student Recruitment Chair spoke to the 2016 PCMA Don Lawrence Student Scholarship recipient; Jeremy McFadden on life after college and how the scholarship helped with his travels abroad in Australia. Here is what he had to say:
Please tell us a little bit about yourself? Born and raised in Georgetown, MA, Attended UNH in Hospitality – graduated May 2018 – working in Lake George, NY (Sagamore Resort) – Hired as Manager in Training – managing a Restaurant The Pavilion.
Where did you go to school/Major? UNH / Hospitality Major
How did you hear about the PCMA Scholarship? My Mom sent it as a recommendation. Took about a day or two to complete the application process and submit it for consideration.
How did you use the $2,000 Scholarship funds? Studied Abroad in Australia
What did you learn/get out of the class/trip? Australia January 2017 – June 2017 – studied at the Int’l College of Management Front of House Ops/Revenue Mgmt. Front of House Service, Venue Site Seeing. Met and networked with students who traveled from all over the world. I was able to make new friendships with students from Norway and Southeast Asia and get some knowledge about hotel operations abroad. It was a great experience and one that I can apply to my current travels on the Manager in Training program I’m currently part of.
What recommendations do you have for students considering the PCMA scholarship application? Definitely take advantage if you are going abroad, use it for extra money – networking opportunities – the ceremony was awesome!
What’s next for you? Currently on a Manager in Training MIT program at the Sagamore in NY. Moving to Isla Morado in the Florida Keys to work as a Front Desk Supervisor at the Postcard Inn. Once this project is completed, he wants to transition into Revenue management and move to Del Ray Beach or Portland, ME. His goal is to get into Revenue Management and move to Canada.
Congratulations Jeremy and continued success!