The Hotel School of Distinction (HSD) has been instrumental in helping me reach my personal career goals. Joining HSD has opened me up to a global network of leaders and students with varied experiences providing positive growth and development in the hospitality field. This was achieved through their natural way of introducing you to global leaders and recruitment opportunities through conferences, hands on workshops, and team building exercises. The Hotel School of Distinction provided the opportunity for me to collaborate with peers from across the world. I made lifelong friends and connections as well as gained a broader understanding of the hospitality field on a global scale.

As an alumni from both Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne (IPFW) and the HSD I have reaped the benefits of a superior education surrounded by staff that nurtured and developed my talents. With the help of the Hotel School of Distinction I was put in front of some of the top industry recruiters; several of them from the Four Seasons. I didn’t know it then, but those interactions would form the building blocks for my future career. Upon graduation I reached out to some of the contacts I met and in the end I was fortunate enough to achieve employment by Four Seasons Chicago Worldwide Sales Office.

The schools participating in this consortium are also positively influenced by what HSD provides. It creates a global recognition and an international connection with universities working towards similar goals. Personally, being a part of the HSD has fostered a stronger sense of pride in the university I attended as well as in the work I have accomplished. It was a reassurance that the education I received was on par with some of the best hospitality schools worldwide and has contributed to a broader range of opportunities IPFW would not have had without the HSD.

With how connected our world is becoming, it is only a natural next step for schools, like the HSD, to introduce international experiences to students giving them the tools to understand and work on a worldwide scale. This multicultural exposure teaches lessons that cannot be taught through books or classrooms, but through the collaboration and understanding of others.

Alexander Nygren

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In left: Alexander Nygren, in right: HSD Student Board

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