Amanda Decker

Student and Hospitality Management in Columbus, Ohio

Amanda Decker

Student and Hospitality Management in Columbus, Ohio

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One of my greatest Strengths is that I am Futuristic. Everything I do is oriented towards the future, my future goals, and what could be. Instead of worrying about what's been done in the past and what I've been able to do before, I'm always looking for new ways to fix problems in the future and ways to achieve new heights. I'm a dreamer, and a great man once said, "If you can dream it, you can do it." And so I believe that by always dreaming that I can, I'll be able to achieve my goals in the here and now that will lead me to a brighter future. By being futuristic, I'm able to always stay hopeful, not be defeated by small setbacks, and always keep dreaming when things look bad in the present, because I know that someday soon things will be better.

Being such a futuristic person, one assignment this semester I loved researching was my Dream Job. When I did the assignment, I already knew what my dream job was, but I had the challenge of researching it in real-time, looking at actual qualifications and realizing what it would really take to achieve my goals. I mentioned a quote before by a great man, and that great man was Walt Disney. The magic that Walt Disney created is what I want to be a part of in my career. My dream is to work at the beautiful hotels and resorts at Walt Disney World. Looking at Disney's Careers website, I found that most hotel managers employed by the Walt Disney company are preferred to have experience, a degree in Hospitality, and are preferred to be bilingual and/or speak Spanish. This last revelation inspired me to declare a Spanish minor and dedicate myself to becoming fluent in the Spanish language while bettering my Hospitality skills any way I can.

And finally, the last assignment that I would like to reflect on is the Lessons From a First-Year Buckeye assignment. For this assignment I really got to sit back and look at the last semester I've spent at OSU and think about what I've learned outside of the lecture hall. What I realized from this assignment is that over the last few months I've changed and learned quite a bit, and most of it was for the better. I learned lessons in tolerance and patience, friendship, community, and of course the importance of academics. Over this time I've grown and learned how to deal with the challenges of college and of life in general. Writing this assignment gave me the opportunity to reflect on what I've learned and be more appreciative of what I know now.