Meet Our Students

Kevin Baranowski '16

Kevin Baranowski ’16

Hometown: Stamford, CT  |  Concentration: Hotel and Resort Management

 

How would you describe your transition from high school?

I graduated high school in 2008. After 3 years of working full time at a country club and developing interpersonal skills, I decided to pursue a college degree to further my knowledge of the Hospitality industry. I attended Norwalk Community College and received my Associates Degree in Hotel Management. My brother currently attends the University of New Haven as a Criminal Justice major and after visiting the campus and hearing positive recommendations from current students in the Hospitality program, I decided to apply. During my first 2 semesters at UNH, I was not as actively involved as I currently am. After working at the Hazell Nut Cafe during my 3rd semester, I decided to take on the challenges and responsibilities of being the General Manager this semester. It’s a challenge but overall a great learning experience to prepare myself for life after college.    

What do you think UNH’s greatest feature is?

UNH’s greatest feature is the student-professor interaction. The ability to converse with the professors in the Hospitality program that have years of experience and are willing to work one-on-one with students to help better prepare us for successful futures.    

Do you have any future plans?

I would like to apply to the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort and complete an internship after graduation. Since my concentration is Hotel and Resort Management, I would ultimately like to end up managing a high-end hotel.    

Why UNH?

I chose UNH because of the school’s experiential education requirement. It ensures that all students will graduate with real world experience in their field. Experiential education is the most effective way to succeed in the Hospitality industry. The opportunity to manage a cafe on campus as part of my curriculum is an experience I may not have gotten had I not chosen UNH.
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John Gamby ’17

Hometown: Carmel, NY  |  Concentration: Event and Tourism Management

How would you describe your transition from high school?

My transition to college from high school was pretty smooth. Adjusting to the “on your own” lifestyle in both school and sports was the biggest transition I had to face.    

What do you think UNH’s greatest feature is?

I personally believe UNH’s greatest feature is the student body and the staff. Everyone is so friendly that it makes living here and attending the University more comfortable and enjoyable, especially knowing that you have awesome people to interact with.    

Do you have any future plans?

I would like to work in the casino industry in the future, hopefully helping with the concert venues inside of casinos and planning shows for entertainers.    

Why UNH?

I chose UNH because I wanted to be in a less rural area, but with a healthy mix of both urban and rural. I also wanted to continue playing hockey & lacrosse, both of which UNH offers and I’m currently a member on both squads.
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Alexandria Hryszko ’17

Hometown: Queens, NY  |  Concentration: Event and Tourism Management

How would you describe your transition from high school?

I was very comfortable transitioning from high school to college. Coming to SOAR over the summer reassured me that there would be some familiar faces on campus when school started in August. Once I was here, it took only a few days for me to get to know my First Year Success Coach, who I very quickly learned was there for me in a similar way my high school guidance counselor was. Any problems that I faced, whether it was an academic issue or advice I needed, I knew I could go to her to help me sort things out. Having that familiarity definitely eased the transition from high school to college and living on my own.

What do you think UNH’s greatest feature is?

UNH’s greatest feature is the experiential education requirement. Each department at UNH requires students to complete this requirement, but speaking more personally about the hospitality and tourism department, nobody graduates without experience under his or her belt. Students are required to complete 200 hours of line-level work, called Fieldwork 1, and 200 hours of management-level work, called Fieldwork 2. Most opt to complete this work in one of our two student-run foodservice facilities, the Hazell Nut Café and Jeffery’s Fusion Restaurant and Catering. Students also complete 200 hours of service, and a 600 hour internship. It’s a lot of work, but you are guaranteed to leave UNH with experience in the hospitality field and reassurance that it’s something you really enjoy.

Do you have any future plans?

In October, I completed my 600 hour internship in Hamden CT. I worked in the restaurant and catering department of a restaurant group. Going forward, I will most likely continue to look for opportunities in event sales, whether I end up in a hotel, restaurant, or private company.

Why UNH?

I chose UNH for several reasons: location, size, and faculty. I wanted a school that was far enough away from home where I wouldn’t want to leave on the weekends, but close enough where if I needed to go home, I could. The school is big enough to meet someone new every day, but small enough to see familiar students and professors all around campus. I also loved the fact that all of the faculty here have real-world experience in their fields. I knew that no matter what major I chose, I would be getting an education from professors who are passionate about what they do.

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Myles Brown ’17

Hometown: Greenfield, MA  |  Concentration: Hotel and Resort Management, Minor in Event and Tourism Management

How would you describe your transition from high school?

Coming from high school I was a little bit timid, but looking back at it now I really had nothing to worry about. It was an easy adjustment and I adapted to the new surroundings very quickly.

What do you think UNH’s greatest feature is?

I think UNH’s greatest feature is our family atmosphere. This school has a very accepting community and welcomes everyone, no matter who you are or what you believe in. This quality in our school makes us very unique and sets us apart from other schools.

Do you have any future plans?

After I finish school I want to work for a cruise line for a few years so that I can gain experience while traveling the world. Then I would like to find a more stationary job at a hotel and settle down.

Why UNH?

I chose UNH because all of the programs at this school are very strong and well structured. If I wanted to switch my major then I would know that whatever I switched to would be a good program.

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