Ashleigh Barrall ’14
Hometown: Edison, NJ
What are you currently doing, and how did you get there?
Currently, I work as a Front Desk Agent for the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After graduation, I spent a few months applying to every hospitality job available and went on countless interviews until I found my perfect match in terms of company, employees, growth opportunity, and location.
How did UNH prepare you for life after college?
Aside from the experiential education and hands on training within the Hazell Nut Café and Jeffery’s Fusion Restaurant, which helped tremendously in bolstering my resume, UNH taught me about perseverance and teamwork. Your coworkers, teachers, and fellow students are the best resources and will help you along your path better than any book or assignment ever could. Furthermore, if you want something you have to work for it. The projects I was involved with at UNH were quite difficult, but I can look back on them with a sense of pride and they have truly helped build confidence in myself.
What are some of your favorite memories about your time at UNH?
I hate to be cliché, but the friendships made during my time as a UNH student will last a lifetime. All my fondest memories include my amazing classmates. Everyone at the university is unique and the community is so diverse; regardless of who I spoke to, we would find something we had in common and just work well together.
What would you change about your experience at UNH, if anything?
Switching majors from Music Industry and Sound Recording to Hospitality at the end of my sophomore year was a bit of a challenge. I could say I wish I stuck with one major but because of the change I was able to meet new people, have new opportunities, and graduate in four years with a music minor along with my hospitality degree. Honestly there is nothing I would really want to change about my experience.
What advice would you give to prospective students and their families?
Really explore the campus and ask questions to teachers in the departments you are most interested in joining. The teachers will know you by name and are enthusiastic about your success so make sure you are diligent and show them the same respect they will give to you. If you get homesick, try not to worry too much as you will soon become part of a charger family.