Peter Reilly ’13
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
What are you currently doing, and how did you get there?
Currently I am the purchasing manager at the Waldorf Astoria New York. This opportunity gives me the large hotel working experience, covering food & beverage purchases, capital purchases, and hotel wide service agreements. After receiving my Bachelor’s in Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management, concentrating in Hotel and Resort management, from the University of New Haven, I was the Graduate Assistant for the department, which offered me hands on training in business accounting and finance.
How did UNH prepare you for life after college?
UNH gave me experiential opportunity. The most vital part of my post –undergrad success was the requirement and recommendation of two fieldworks and one internship before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Before graduation, I had successfully complete hospitality fieldwork for the UNH Conference Services Office, and Sheraton Hsinchu Hotel in Zhubei City, Taiwan. Combined with my academic projects of hotel development and hospitality cost controls, I also completed a 6 month internship with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts, Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Seeing the business and studying the academics of hospitality simultaneously has prepared me for my exciting upcoming future.
What are some of your favorite memories about your time at UNH?
My favorite memories are people. The friends made and those I have positively impacted will last a lifetime. UNH gave opportunity for hard work, and high involvement. My friends and I each participated in a different sector of the university. Whether if it was student activities, academics, or arts, we would always end our days and weeks reflecting on the work we did. The stories we told, and even the mistakes we made, will always be tied into UNH.
What would you change about your experience at UNH, if anything?
My memories are fond, and I am proud of my decisions. There is not anything I would change.
What advice would you give to prospective students and their families?
Feel comfortable. Academic programs, living facilities, and locations are important. But above all, as a student you must feel comfortable and see yourself here. Picture yourself doing the small tasks, such as walking around and cleaning a residence hall room. If that feels right, you’ve made the right choice.