May 2, 2022

Tisch Center Spotlight: Graduating Student Series, Rachel Colbus

Rachel Colbus, a graduating student getting her degree in Marketing and Revenue Management in the Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, gives us some insight into some of her favorite parts of her NYU experience.

How has NYU shaped you?

NYU definitely made me more independent than I was before.  It consistently provided me with learning experiences that taught me what values were important to me; it taught me lessons like how to manage your time between school, sports, and social life and figuring out a good routine that works for you

Looking back on your time at NYU, what are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the leadership skills that I’ve gained in my time at NYU.  An example of this that comes to mind is when I was in a class called “Leadership for Criss Situations” and I felt that the professor relied on me to be a leader in the class (speaking up, being a point person in group situations) and it really pushed me to be a leader.  I really grew from this experience and it’s now my favorite class!  

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I’m moving to Nashville, Tennessee.  I’m currently studying for some finance and insurance exams and hoping to work out there! I’ve always wanted to live in many different cities, so I’m really excited to compare both experiences—NY and Nashville.

What advice do you have to students entering into the program?

The number one thing I always say is take advantage of all the speakers and guests that we have coming to NYU.  Networking is so important.  I wouldn’t have gotten an internship at Marriott if I didn’t meet David Marriott while I was here.  It’s important to remember that when industry leaders come to the school, they want to talk to the students! Don’t be afraid to take advantage of that.

What is something you wish you would’ve known when you started at NYU?

I think I would say that I wish I knew how important creating a community for yourself is.  The more people you surround yourself with, the more people you can network with, the more professors you connect with, etc., the better your experience at NYU will be!

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