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Hernandez Is Happy with Hospitality

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East Islip alumna Amanda Hernandez, a member of the Class of 2009 and a recent graduate of Mitchell College, visited the school in February to speak to students enrolled in the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Career Academy.

As a senior, Hernandez decided that she wanted to pursue a career in hospitality and met with her counselor, Christopher Boehler, to search for the perfect college. He encouraged her to visit Mitchell College, located in New London, Connecticut, which she chose. During the visit, she reconnected with Boehler as well as her seventh-grade family and consumer science teacher, Patricia Emmons-Fritz.

Speaking to the Academy students, Hernandez discussed careers in the world of hospitality management, explained what the profession entails and how important it is to get an internship in the field, and told the students about the different internship positions she was given at the Mohegan Sun casino during her college years. These experiences helped her to get a full-time position as the front office manager at a Hilton hotel. Ten months ago, Hernandez was hired as a special events manager for the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.  In her new position, she handles booking for all special events such as weddings and family reunions.

Hernandez has decided to further her education and obtain a master’s degree in either occupational management or human resources. Although pursuing an advanced degree is not required, she realizes that educational advancement will help her to move further up the chain of command.

“Hospitality, allows one to grow and do different things, and gives you that ‘I want to do better’ mentality,” said Guidance Director Israel Malinowitzer. “Amanda has found her passion in hospitality management and now she wants to give back and help educate other students who are thinking of pursuing a career in this field. Her message to the students of East Islip High School is to talk with your counselor, check out the different colleges and apply for internships in your major area so that you can get a first-hand look at what the job entails.” 

Thursday, May 23, 2019