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The Student Experience An experience like no other: HEC H otel Ezra Cornell is more than a weekend event for the students of the School of Hotel Administration; it is a rite of passage. HEC provides a different meaning for everyone; for some it is the firsthand experience they find invaluable, for others it is the opportunity to interact with industry professionals. Aanchal Suri '14, communications director for HEC 88, asked several students and alumni to share how their Cornell experience has been shaped by Hotel Ezra Cornell. Ali Hoyt '12, managing director, HEC 87 HEC was my most memorable experience at the hotel school. Over four years, the organization provided me with a sense of community and allowed me to be a part of an 87-year legacy. But HEC is more than just an organization; it's like a family, especially within the board of directors. Last year's twelve other board members became my best friends. Naturally, this happens when you spend every waking hour together, but this Guests toast HEC 86 38 School of Hotel Administration Celia Erickson '12, Ali Hoyt '12, Austin Buben '14 was something different—the opportunity to learn and grow together. HEC is an experience unlike any other—one that cannot be learned within the four walls of a classroom. During HEC weekend, guests witness our limitless creativity and ambition, and above all, passion. The industry's support enables us to build relationships and learn first-hand that a tradition takes time to develop. HEC is part of the magic of the hotel school, one of the building blocks of our Hotelie family. At last April's gala, I was inspired by the standing ovation given to Rocco Angelo '58, a member of the board of HEC 33. Not many alumni could match his HEC attendance record since then. His stories reminded me that people who were immersed in HEC stay in touch no matter what. Now that I have transitioned from student to alumna, I know what he means.

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