The Student Volunteer Experience, Part Two

Written by: Fernando Sarmiento

The Face of an Organization:

Very last 7 days I obtained the likelihood and privilege to symbolize the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College or university for World wide Hospitality Management as one particular of 18 scholar volunteers for HITEC 2022 (June 27-30), the world’s most significant and oldest hospitality technology and finance conference. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the event was held at Orlando’s iconic Orange County Conference Centre, exactly where in excess of 6,000 attendees and exhibitor gathered to examine remedies to important challenges our field faces, as effectively as place forth the latest solutions and companies, with the goal of building our buyers and performing lives a tiny superior.

As a seasoned function-goer myself, I was humbled by how substantially I discovered and obtained from the knowledge. My earnest gratitude goes to HFTP, their strategic partners, and the HFTP Cougar Chapter, of which I am a member. It is thanks to them that I obtained to make new friendships and skilled connections, and ongoing to find out exterior of the classroom.

The Operate and the People today:

We have been questioned to assist as the welcoming facial area of HFTP by orienting and aiding equally attendees and exhibitors throughout the conference, furnishing normal guidance throughout sessions, and of program, holding the organizers informed of anything relevant.

Whilst the scholar volunteers experienced been trustworthy with a quite significant process, it under no circumstances seriously felt like do the job since the leadership behind the event have been all certainly enthusiastic about our function and set in excellent effort to make us all truly feel welcomed, geared up and involved throughout.

Likewise, I was stunned by quite a few of my fellow students’ etiquette and know-how of the market. But it was actually their sunny disposition and kindness toward absolutely everyone that created them these types of a unforgettable mix of persons to perform together with with. These extraordinary college students from hospitality-linked fields arrived from unique colleges across the country, these types of as San Jose Condition University, Northern Arizona University, New York University, as nicely the Valencia College (to title a several).

The Compound:

We have been encouraged to show up at periods of our curiosity, converse with experienced pros from the hospitality industry, and wallop HITEC exhibitors with thoughts.

With this event remaining HITEC’s 50th anniversary, the organizers and their partners have been confident to contain some exciting routines in the method, this kind of as the HITEC Opening Get together at SeaWorld Orlando introduced by Venza and CyberTek, where by I acquired equally my ft and cellphone wet the HFTP Youthful Experts (YP) Fulfill-up at The Tin Roof, which was a meet up with-and-greet over mild beverages and snacks, hosted by HFTP and AAHOA and sponsored by Aimbridge Hospitality (pictured previously mentioned) and a unique “Fireside Chat” session with hotel mogul Mr. Harris Rosen as aspect of HFTP’s 2022 Management Excellence Series.

Over-all, volunteering at HITEC was an inspiring expertise for me, and I would invite other learners to take into account volunteering at the next chance they get. It is a chance for pupils to get a feeling of performing on the entrance lines of party-setting up, study extra about the hospitality sector and its technological and economic elements, do the job on your networking competencies and make new lifelong friends and skilled connections. It is quite much value the attempt.

Fernando Sarmiento is a pupil at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College for Worldwide Hospitality Leadership and student volunteer at HITEC Orlando 2022.

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