Class of 2020
Currently Studying :
Member of :
- Hospitality And Tourism AssociationPeer LeaderStudent Assistant at the Lubin School Of Business
"#LubinLife to me is building connections with your fellow peers, as well as your amazing professors and always seeking advice from them because they know what's best for you."
– Sanjana Katoch, Class of 2020
Meet Sanjana Katoch '20, an international student from India pursuing a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, with a minor in Business Analytics. At the age of 12, Sanjana moved from India to Malawi, where she attended high school before moving to New York City. The decision to attend Pace University came rather naturally due to Pace's diverse culture and diverse student body, as well as its location. Sanjana is highly involved on campus; currently she is the Vice President of the Hospitality and Tourism Association, and a Student Assistant at the Lubin School of Business. In the past she worked as a Peer Leader helping incoming students adjust to college life. Sanjana's recommendation to freshmen is to take advantage of every opportunity that Pace and Lubin have to offer, because in the end it will all be worth it!
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose Pace University due to the wide range of opportunities the school offers. Being an international student, I knew it would be a perfect choice because of how welcoming Pace is to people of all different backgrounds. Plus, getting to go to school in the Wall Street area, as well as right next to the Brooklyn Bridge, is just the perfect combo! The Lubin School of Business is one of the most popular business schools in the area due to the experience you get, and the the networking opportunities it offers with professionals and professors within your desired industry.
Tell us about your major and why you chose it.
I decided to major in Hospitality and Tourism Management and minor in Business Analytics. I've always been passionate about working in the tourism industry, whether in marketing and promotions or research. Additionally, traveling is something I want to do more of and working within the industry allows this. Having lived in different countries and being exposed to different cultures while growing up, I knew the Hospitality and Tourism major would be the right choice. I also decided to pick up a minor in Business Analytics during my junior year and it seems like a very interesting area which a lot of companies nowadays are making use of. There's no harm in learning as many things as you can when given the chance to do so.
What do you think are the benefits of campus involvement?
I think it is incredibly important to get involved on campus. This is not just because it looks great on your resume, but also because it leads to a lot more opportunities, like networking, as well as learning about leadership by being on the executive board of different organizations. Being involved on campus helps you develop your skills further and teaches you how to manage your time better.
As a senior, what are your thoughts on graduation and do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
It still seems unbelievable at times that my four years at Pace are almost coming to end. It's definitely been a ride, but I think I have quite enjoyed it thus far, and can't wait to see what the future holds. As of now, I'm in the process of applying for jobs because I definitely want to stay in the US to get as much experience as possible within my field. One piece of advice I have for incoming freshmen is to seize every moment. College is definitely not going to be easy and these four years are going to be full of ups and downs, but just keep holding on and don't give up no matter how hard it gets. Take advantage of the various opportunities available around you, get involved with the various organizations, and attend career fairs. Do as much as you can because it's all going to be worth it in the end.
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
#LubinLife to me is building connections with your fellow peers, as well as your amazing professors, and always seeking advice from them because they know what's best for you. Also, taking advantage of every opportunity that comes your way and being involved on-campus is a key part of #LubinLife.