JWU Student Blogs

10,000 Miles Away: Mohammad Ali Makes JWU His 2nd Home

Choosing a college is always a difficult decision, but for Jakarta, Indonesia, native Mohammad Ali, it was a true leap of faith. Where to go? What to study? Someone suggested Johnson & Wales University's Providence Campus to him. Although he had never heard of the school — or the state, for that matter — he started doing his research. He read about the school and the Providence area, and he watched a virtual tour of the campus. Surrounded by the tropical heat and noise of Jakarta, he began to picture what life would be like halfway around the world. “I looked it up. I loved the city, I loved the state,” he said. He decided to apply.

Topics: Johnson & Wales University International

Advertising Alum Talks Shop with Students

The ADTEAM and the Advertising & Marketing Communications program at Johnson & Wales have an incredible and lengthy list of alumni who hold highly valued positions in the advertising industry. On occasion, some of these alumni reach out to current students to help them on their journey to post-college life. This past week, JWU grad Bayla Werman’15, now an account executive (AE) at Mullenlowe U.S. in Boston, Massachusetts, visited the ADTEAM and Advertising Club members to give them a little insight into the advertising industry and her position at Mullenlowe.

Topics: Providence Johnson & Wales University ADTEAM

Adventures in Portugal: Hospitality Students Loving Lisbon

Editor's Note: Liz Cunningham, a student majoring in Hotel & Lodging Management, shares her experience, in her own words, about a class trip to Lisbon, Portugal. Liz and several other students from JWU’s Providence, Denver and Charlotte campuses spent 5 days in Lisbon as part of their International Hotel Operations course. Associate Professors Jane Boyland, International Hotel School, Providence Campus, and Sharene Reed, College of Hospitality Management, Denver Campus, led the trip.

Topics: Johnson & Wales University Travel & Tourism

JWU MBA Students Tour Upserve Software Developer

Editor's Note: Nikhilesh Dey, a student in JWU's MBA degree program, gives a firsthand account in his own words about a trip to Upserve, a software company in Providence, Rhode Island, that he toured with his Technology in Hospitality in Tourism class, taught by Associate Professor Debbie Howarth.

Software is an application so versatile yet so complex, there's no wonder that software controls and aids the majority of work we do in today's day and age.

Topics: Providence Johnson & Wales University MBA

Africa or Bust! My Fall FAM Tour Experience        

Matt Spalding and student Alexandra Edwards at The Boma in Zimbabwe

As a student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program at JWU, I had an amazing opportunity to travel abroad as part of the Tour Management Operations course’s FAM (Familiarization) Tour. Every student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program takes this course before they graduate, and every term, students travel to a different destination. Our destination was Africa — South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana to be exact. Besides brief stops during cruises, this was my first time leaving the United States. That in itself was a WOW factor; my first trip abroad was to Africa! I never thought my first trip outside of the US would be to Africa out of all of the places in the world, but I am glad it was. I am also fortunate I got to experience it with fellow peers who I grew so close to during the trip. It was truly an indescribable feeling of happiness and accomplishment.

Topics: Providence Johnson & Wales University Travel & Tourism