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Student Highlights: Christi Lockwood
Major: Hospitality administration
College: Hotel Administration
Hometown: Waterbury, Conn.
Why did you choose Cornell?
When I first visited Cornell, I knew that it was the right place for me – it felt like home.
Main Cornell extracurricular activity – why is this important to you?
Working as the human resources manager and an associate consultant for CHC Hospitality Consultants (the Hotel School's student-run consulting firm), where I am responsible for recruitment, staffing and working with clients. It has allowed me to hone my leadership skills and to find my voice in an organization of exceptionally intelligent and accomplished peers.
Your most profound turning point while at Cornell?
Making the transition to life at Cornell. I come from a working-class background, and no one in my family attended college. I felt quite alone as someone so different. Leaving an especially difficult exam my first semester, I was surprised that two of the best friends I had made at Cornell had waited over an hour to meet me and show their support. That [incident] reminded me I was not alone and helped me to achieve the goals I had come to Cornell to pursue.
What Cornell-related scholarships did you receive?
A Cornell Club of Greater Hartford Scholarship, a Cornell Alumni for Student Aid Scholarship, the Max H. & Eleanor D. Baril Scholarship, the Louise Boldt Goodridge Scholarship and the James V. Bennett Scholarship – all essential in allowing me to come to Cornell – as well as a generous financial aid package.
While at Cornell, what other accomplishments/activities are you most proud of?
Chosen as a 2008 Merrill Presidential Scholar "for outstanding scholastic achievement, strong leadership ability and potential for contributing to society" and as the Drown Prize winner from all the other hotel students for "entrepreneurial spirit, social responsibility and well-conceived career goals" in addition to academics and extracurricular leadership.
What Cornell memory do you treasure the most?
Studying sustainable tourism in Costa Rica. One afternoon in particular, I shared a simple lunch and a candid conversation with a group of local women. I was taken aback by how intelligent, hard-working and courageous they were. I realized what a gift it was to learn from them and to play a role in advancing sustainable tourism to help others like them. It is a memory that will remain an inspiration for a long time!
What are your plans for next year and beyond?
To work as an associate consultant with the Towers Perrin firm's Change Implementation group in Philadelphia. I expect that in the future I will pursue a master's degree to further my career. I aspire to become a leader in the field of sustainable tourism to put my hospitality degree to use, work to improve the lives of others and reform the industry for the better.