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HRTM Student Reports on Orlando NSMH Conference

March 5, 2013

 Samantha Grier

March 3, 2013
Internship
 
My experience at the NSMH conference was like no other - it was more than just a regular conference. This was a life changing, eye opening experience.  
My excitement started when our chapter had our last preparation meeting. That is when I started to get envious and anxious all at the same time. When my classmates and I arrived in our business casual outfits at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, I was super eager to meet new people and learn. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was getting myself into, but I knew I would have a great time in Orlando. I was looking forward to spending this time with my NSMH family.  
The next morning, the entire lobby of the hotel was full of people networking. The NSMH officials had many workshops and activities open for students, such as Hotel and Convention Center tours, Professional Make-up Workshop, Mock interviews with some national board members and the Resume Ready workshop which came in handy for many students from all schools. The First Time Attendees meeting was so much fun especially when all the universities introduced themselves and introduced us to what the 24th Annual NSMH National Conference offered and the agenda. 
I met many amazing people from all around the world, with different backgrounds and life stories. I learned a lot about the industry and what recruiters are expecting during interviews and on resumes. 
My favorite part of the NSMH Conference was the workshop sessions. I attended three major segments. “It’s A Small World…International Students,” covered the options for international students looking to stay in the United States and U.S. citizens looking to experience the industry abroad. I also participated in “The Juggling Act: Balancing Mind, Body & Spirit,” which talked about stress management, and “Senior: Welcome Aboard”- a discussion on life after college. A panel of industry expects helped prepare us for the interviews that were being given during the conference. 
I learned so much about each company and the hotel industry from speaking with the Aramark, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, Inc., Sodexo and Loews Hotel staff at the career fair.   As the conference wrapped up, I especially enjoyed the “Happily Ever After Awards” at the gala and was excited to hear the announcement of the new national board.  I knew that one day; I wanted to be up on that stage being elected as a new member of the national board. 
I met many amazing people from all around the world, with different backgrounds and life stories. I learnedI learned a lot about the industry and what recruiters are expecting during interviews and on resumes. 
My favorite part of the NSMH Conference was the workshop sessions. I attended three major segments. “It’s A Small World…International Students,” covered the options for international students looking to stay in the United States and U.S. citizens looking to experience the industry abroad. I also participated in “The Juggling Act: Balancing Mind, Body & Spirit,” which talked about stress management, and “Senior: Welcome Aboard”- a discussion on life after college. A panel of industry expects helped prepare us for the interviews that were being given during the conference.
 
I learned so much about each company and the hotel industry from speaking with the Aramark, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt hotels and Resorts, Marriott International, Inc., Sodexo and Loews Hotel staff at the career fair.   As the conference wrapped up, I especially enjoyed the “Happily Ever After Awards” at the gala and was excited to hear the announcement of the new national board.  I knew that one day; I wanted to be up on that stage being elected as a new member of the national board. 
I met many amazing people from all around the world, with different backgrounds and life stories. I learned a lot about the industry and what recruiters are expecting during interviews and on resumes. Even better, I had the opportunity to connect with amazing people in my own chapter.
Samantha Grier