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Nicholas Koehler

Major: Hospitality Management



Company/Organization: Beach Point Club
Company/Organization website: http://www.beachpointclub.org
Destination: Mamaroneck, New York
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: celbert@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
•Managing the food pavilion by the beach •Managing staff members to make sure everything is being operated correctly and professionally •Develop insight from all areas of the club including laundry, maintenance, accounting, pool operations, marina operations, kitchen preparation, and more •Leading by example

I accomplished...
continuously putting in hard work day after day, while remaining motivated.

I learned...
Putting in the long hard work and doing things the right way is one of the greatest lessons I have learned from this experience. Long hours at work are not glorified in our society, but I have found in this experience that I have found success from doing the right things, even if it means putting in more time and work on something. Another lesson I have learned is that it is important to form a relationship with everyone that you work alongside with, because someday down the road, that person may hold a high position and having that connection and relationship can only help you.

Advice for others...
My advice for future students would be to develop some sort of work ethic before you enter a summer internship. Yes, academics are important and require a lot of time and effort, but employers love to see young interns who know how to take initiative and want to get things done. Working a side job in college also give you experience of working alongside other people and you will figure out how you get along with others, or how you react when you have a conflict with another person. My last piece of advice for future students would be just keep going and striving. A lot of times people tend to give up or lose motivation after not getting what they wanted. I find it so important to look at it from a perspective of a destination into the future, not what is just right in front of you. As long as you keep working and striving continuously, you will find opportunities pop up in front of you.

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