Regina Yoo is a student in the BS Hotel and Tourism Management. In this post, she tells us why she chose to study hospitality, and what being a student at the Tisch Center is like.
September 18, 2019
Regina Yoo - Undergraduate Student Spotlight
Why did you decide to study at the Tisch Center? As an undergraduate student in the Tisch Center, what would you like to share about yourself?
I started interning in hospitality since I was a senior in high school. This internship in high school really confirmed for me that I wanted to pursue the luxury hospitality route. I chose NYU because I wanted a hotel program that would give me the flexibility to give me hands on experience. Since I started my first internship in NYC, I felt more comfortable being in the city given that there are so many hotels near us.
What is your favorite part about studying at the Tisch Center?
My favorite part about being a Tisch Center student is that it is a really rewarding experience. We’re fairly new compared to the other hospitality programs and that gives us an advantage, since it allows students the flexibility to hone in on what they want to do. Even when choosing my courses, I can create a schedule based on what’s needed for my internships. I can match the types of courses with what I want to do for my internship or later on in my career. I also like how intimate our program is because the professors are very available and knowledgeable about the industry. Not only that, but they have strong connections with the industry. Being able to have a relationship with a professor that not only helps within classroom setting but also in a professional setting is really important to me.
What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
I have been very active in the two professional cubs in the program, HBS (Hospitality Business Society) and HSMAI (Hospitality Sales and Marketing International). Since sophomore year, I have been serving as the industry relations chair for HBS and my role is to act as a liaison between the students and industry professionals. I also serve as the outreach chair for HSMAI.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
As a Tisch Center student, I also feel very proud. When I was working at my internship over the summer, a lot of my supervisors and directors attended our annual hospitality investment conference. After a few months, I was browsing two magazines, Hotelie and Hotels, and saw a whole page dedicated to the conference. I felt very proud to be a student at the Tisch Center.