My name is Paige Shippie.
I came to Endicott in the year 2012
and pursued an undergraduate degree
in English and creative writing and
an art studio minor.
I went into the workforce and hated it.
I wasn't meant to be there.
Meanwhile, I had always worked jobs
in hospitality ever since I was
14 years old.
Throughout it all, I realized I had
a passion for hospitality and
I wanted to go back to school.
I couldn't think of a better school
to go back to than Endicott.
They really push me along to
even study abroad at
Les Roches, Switzerland
and that is one the best
hospitality management schools
in the world.
I never really felt as passionate in
the workforce as now I do with
the perspective that I have.
I can actually apply things that I
learned in my classroom or
worked on projects for
to things that I will be doing
in hospitality management
and especially with the internship
Endicott has to offer.
You know when I walk
across that stage,
it's going to be,
'Wow, I earned a lot.'
It has been a whirlwind of a journey.
If I were to look back at myself
two years from now or
even more, I wouldn't really recognize
the person I've become or
the person I was and I've become
somebody completely different but
in a really great way and I knew
I had it in me but you just kind of
need the right circumstances in life
to kind of push you forward,
good and bad, but
everything shapes you.