Lauren Real is determined to be the first in her family to graduate from college. For Lauren, the college experience has been hard work – not just academically, but also professionally. She is majoring in Business Administration, specializing in Hospitality Management. Her dream career is in the hotel industry. But she couldn’t pursue it without working full time and winning $4,000 in scholarships from the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Foundation.
She works at the Embassy Suites in Friendship Heights, Maryland, and credits the support of both Marymount professors and her hotel supervisors in helping her move toward her career goal. For her Strategic Hospitality Management course, she was able to apply a real-life issue on the job to propose solutions for service enhancements for the hotel’s VIP concierge lounge. Lauren is putting her classroom knowledge to work in other ways. She has already begun working closely with the hotel's HR office to develop new employee recognition strategies and assists in screening job applications.
She even took advantage of Marymount’s Global Classroom series, studying abroad in Panama for a class, “Doing Business in Latin America.” She now envisions possibly working in the Latin American hotel industry. Lauren says, “I’ve always been driven academically, and I have a huge advantage gaining so much experience early on. Being bi-lingual also offers many different career routes. …I wouldn’t be where I am if I didn’t fight through the battle.”