I’m a college graduate.
And quite honestly, it’s about damn time. I have spent almost 6 years at Cal Poly Pomona, which in rertrospect probably isn’t that long. Also to be more frank without undermining the achievement, it IS my undergrad. There should be no dedicated time of completion, just the fact of finishing an education like this is a big deal.
With this quarter coming to a cold, dead end, I can say with confidence I spent as much time as I wanted within my respected college. Transferring from College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (CLASS) to Collins College of Hospitality Management (CCHM) combined with my overindulgence in extracirricular organizations, I never felt fully immersed in what CCHM had to offer – friendships through classes, industry exposure opportunities & that school loyalty because you’re treated so well.
Happily or not, everything changed when I enrolled in HRT383, the Restaurant Series, because I was extremely discontent with the Special Event series that was offered as an alternative to the Restaurant series. And damn, did I get what I wanted.
Not only did I spend Monday through Friday from 9AM – 3PM for 10 WEEKS at the Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch (RKR), but I took on another 10 units just so I could finish this quarter. Combined with my on campus job, I spent a minimum of 50 hours a week on campus. This doesn’t include the weeks of mornings I would come in at 6:30AM to help my teammates or just catch up on my own personal station.
With that all said, you can imagine how burnt out I am or even dream up how much I hated these people. Well, you’re kind of wrong there. While I am glad this class is over, I am genuinely going to miss all these people – the headaches, the laughter and the stress. These people have seen the best and worst of us in a work place and I think that is completely INVALUABLE.
I feel we all entered this class with the anticipation of finishing a CCHM legend in our program with little to no understanding of what this class was REALLY trying to teach us. The development of interpersonal skills in the workplace is vital to the success of the establishment. That should clearly go without saying, but damn did we find out the hard way.
This capstone class for Hospiality Management students is a testament to Cal Poly Pomona’s “Learn By Doing” mantra. From day in to day out, we were forced to adapt to new positions and skills we never thought we could possess. People honed their expertise and those with aforementioned talents saved us all when we were “in the weeds”.
I clearly was very affected by the magnitude of responsibility forced upon us in this class. And in the past ten weeks it has taken over my life. I can say without a doubt I will take all these lessons with me in whatever career path I choose whether its hospitality or not.
From food fights to smoke breaks to harvesting vegetables out of our own backyard, I ran a grossing restaurant with 19 of my classmates for ten weeks. I will miss our family meals, shit talking and bagging on Rico.
Thank you for the best, last quarter of my college career.