College student interns at 10 hotels in 10 states

Written by By Meghan Thee Stallion, CNN After an intense training period, Megan Thee Stallion was awarded a guaranteed job in February 2016, not only entering the hospitality industry, but a five-star hotel right…

College student interns at 10 hotels in 10 states

Written by By Meghan Thee Stallion, CNN

After an intense training period, Megan Thee Stallion was awarded a guaranteed job in February 2016, not only entering the hospitality industry, but a five-star hotel right off the Florida coastline.

It was a world away from Stallion’s upbringing. A desire to travel and get out of Louisiana led to her moving to Atlanta, and following several jobs in a variety of businesses, she embarked on a six-year study program at Mercer University , the school with the biggest food science program in the country.

Success: Megan Thee Stallion, who has studied at Atlanta’s Mercer University and Vemont College in France, took on a five-star hotel in Fort Myers, Florida. Credit: Courtesy Megan Thee Stallion

“One of the hardest things was making that transition from a size 13 to a size 3 pant,” she explains.

The 18-year-old marketing student soon realized how valuable science is in the hospitality industry. “For the longest time I thought I could not keep up with industry expectations but ultimately I learned that you are capable of learning.”

Eager to give back to the community, Megan planned to pursue further studies in hospitality management at the Miami Art and Design School after she was finished with her studies. However, before she achieved her goal, one of her supervisors, Montini Studenroth, suggested she try a year studying at the Piedmont College near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where a food science program offers students advanced opportunities to work in the food business.

Montini Studenroth (center), is a professor in the food science department at Piedmont College, where Megan Thee Stallion interned in 2016. Credit: Courtesy Megan Thee Stallion

Three months later, Megan accepted a position at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California — a 45-minute drive from the campus. It was a great experience and her time at Bacara prepared her for an intensive internship with Carlisle Hotels and Resorts in Florida, where she worked as an executive assistant to the general manager.

“I saw I could learn a lot. I grew and I learned,” she says.

During her time at Bacara, Megan learned about industry techniques, the use of nutrition in the food preparation process, what the term “sustainable food” means, and went to a conference on regional sustainable food practices.

Students enrolled in the food science program at Piedmont College participate in a variety of professional development opportunities. Credit: Courtesy Megan Thee Stallion

“It’s probably one of the greatest honing times that I’ve had in my life,” says Megan.

Now Thee Stallion is once again in the hospitality industry — working with boating, rodeo and amusement companies — however, her destination is unfamiliar territory and she is excited to continue her education.

“It’s been a really fun time. It’s just been so different,” she says.

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