"There are so many benefits to international education - the chance to experience new cultures, the opportunity to meet students and professionals from all over the world, and don’t forget the food!"
– Aniyah Molokwu, Class of 2020

Brooklyn native Aniyah Molokwu '20 is currently pursuing a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After having been very involved on campus, Aniyah was seeking to further her education by studying abroad during the summer of 2019 when she went to Spain. Being in Spain not only helped her experience a new culture and people from a different place, but Aniyah also learned never to be afraid of new things. Currently, Aniyah works as the CFO of a small non-profit organization called New Beginnings for U Corporation, which helps to give back to urban communities.
Why did you choose Pace University and the Lubin School of Business?
I chose this school because when I was in high school, I heard Pace University was a good school to attend, especially for business programs. I was really looking for a school that could provide me with a diverse selection of programs that would help me know more about the business industry, and more specifically management. I also wanted a school that could put me in a position to take advantage of internship opportunities.
You studied in Spain for a semester, what do you think are the benefits of international education and what did you take away from your time abroad?
Before coming to Pace, I never thought I would be able to go to school abroad. In the summer of 2019, I finally had the possibility to study abroad in Spain for a semester. This was my first opportunity to travel outside of America and it was an amazing experience. There are so many benefits to international education-the chance to experience new cultures, the opportunity to meet students and professionals from all over the world, and don’t forget the food! My biggest takeaways from studying abroad were to not be afraid to try something new and to explore and experience new environments. 
Tell us about your major and why you chose it. 
I am a Hospitality and Tourism Management major. I absolutely love the hospitality and tourism industry. I attended a culinary arts high school because at the time I thought I wanted to become a chef and open my own restaurant. However, after I was able to plan and host my first event with a team, I realized that the hospitality industry was more than just restaurants and hotels. I wanted to know more about each sector that is a part of Hospitality and Tourism: from working front desk, to managing, to one day opening something of my own. During my time studying abroad, I realized that I wanted to know more about the entire tourism industry, from cruise lines to airports. 
There are endless opportunities in this field. For instance, event planning for weddings, celebrations, and fundraisers, as well as planning business travel, etc. So, I chose this major because I love meeting and interacting with people from all over the world. 
You are a senior. How do you feel about graduating and do you have any advice for incoming freshmen?
I am excited to be graduating with a BBA in Hospitality and Tourism Management. I am venturing into a new experience in my life and I don't know what to expect. However, whatever I do after graduating will be something that’s going to help me with my future career path plan.   
My advice to incoming freshmen, especially those that are commuters like myself, is to get involved with the school. There are many resources that you can use to help you transition from high school to your new life in college. Also, not everything will be easy, but if you start to build a strong foundation now it will help you in the future. 
What does #LubinLife mean to you?
To me #Lubinlife is a chance to be a part of something more than just attending classes. It’s a chance to connect with different students, faculty, and it means being a part of a community that helps and motivates you to be your best self.  

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