Sarah Ambrose ’14
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
What are you currently doing, and how did you get there?
I am currently the Assistant Dining Room Manager at Rockrimmon Country Club in Stamford, CT. This opportunity had presented itself to me through my connections with Club Managers Association of America, one of the hospitality clubs on campus at the University of New Haven. Club Managers Association has provided me with networking, travel, internship, and ultimately career opportunities. During my senior year, I reached out to the many mangers of private clubs I had met in Connecticut and started interviewing for jobs in Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut. I had received five job offers in my field before I had even graduated. I finally decided on Rockrimmon Country Club because I was able to focus on events.
How did UNH prepare you for life after college?
The University of New Haven prepared me for life after college through actually requiring me to work within the industry through experiential education. Not only are students required to complete 400 hours of field work and 600 hours of an internship, but students are also required to manage one of the student run businesses on campus. I was placed managing the Hazell Nut Café, a coffee shop and pizzeria. As the Accounting Manager, I was able to learn about financial management in a small business as well as manage a staff of my peers. These experiences will directly translate to a career after college.
What are some of your favorite memories about your time at UNH?
My favorite memories at UNH are definitely with the friends I made. The HTM program is a tight-knit group. I could always turn to them for help or advice, even to this day. The staff was also always available and willing to help. These memories and friends will stay with me forever.
What would you change about your experience at UNH, if anything?
My experiences at UNH consisted of late-night paper writing, making amazing friends, and challenges along the way. I would not change any of those experiences.
What advice would you give to prospective students and their families?
Ask questions-to everyone. Ask the hard questions too. Set up a Charger Day and spend the whole day with a current student and attend classes. Speak with other students about the program and multiple teachers in the program as well. The more perspective students ask about the school the more confidence the student will have on the first day.