JWU Student Blogs

Learning by Doing — SEEM Students Hold 5th Annual Conference

My DEE Experience
During the spring and fall terms, I took part in a Directed Experiential Education (DEE) class that planned JWU’s 5th Annual Sports, Entertainment, Event — Management (SEEM) Leadership Conference, which is run entirely by students. It’s classes like this that allow me to expand my knowledge and help me figure out what I want to do once I graduate.

Topics: Hospitality Providence

10 Countries in 10 Days: A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Food. Adventure. People.

Anthony Bourdain lived his life valuing these things more than anything else. The fearless and humble nature of his personality inspired audiences all over the world. This, in turn, taught so many people an incredibly important life lesson, which is to try to experience new things, places and people as much as you can in your life. Because ultimately life is about connecting with other people by seeing their world and eating their food. Writer Julieanne Smolinski may have summed him up best: “Anthony Bourdain tried to show TV viewers how people who weren’t anything like us were just like us. He viewed humanity with curiosity, compassion, humility, and humor.”

Topics: Study Abroad

On the Farm: My Internship at Hopkins Southdowns

I am originally from El Paso, Texas, but relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, just before I started high school. Initially I attended JWU North Miami for my A.S. in Culinary Arts. I decided to transfer to Providence for my bachelor’s degree in Food Service Management. Once in Providence, my goals shifted from wanting to work in hotels to looking to open a small business that locally sources food and materials. I am currently focusing on my degree and working at the farm six to seven days a week.

Topics: Providence Sustainability

Destination: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand

Every Johnson & Wales student majoring in Tourism & Hospitality Management has the opportunity to go on a life-changing, global experience — a Familiarization (FAM) tour — while studying at JWU. For my class, it was the beautiful countries of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Topics: Travel & Tourism Hospitality

Not Your Average Student: Why Early Action Worked for Avery Tupper

Avery Tupper was anything but a typical high school student. By the time he graduated in 2018 from Burrillville High in Harrisville, Rhode Island, he had been a three-sport athlete, playing hockey and lacrosse, and running cross-country track. He was also involved with DECA, an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs during high school and college — and he’ll continue his involvement with DECA at JWU.

Topics: Early Action Admissions