A Silent Force

Marissa CarlsonWith passions for business and working with people, junior Marissa Carlson deemed hospitality management the perfect major to study at Iowa State. "I love being behind the scenes of people's vacations so that they can enjoy every second of their getaway without worry," she said. "I take pleasure in being the silent force that allows guests to relax and have fun."

At Iowa State, Carlson is involved with numerous student groups, including serving as the fiscal director for Human Sciences Week and treasurer for Starts with Soap, an organization that seeks to provide basic necessities to the nation's most underfunded schools. This past summer, Carlson also worked as a marketing intern with Pinstripes, a restaurant and event venue that combines food with bowling and bocce ball.

Carlson plans to use her skills in hospitality management to work for a cruise line, country club or resort after graduation. "It's my dream to be in charge, helping to make a business run smoothly and positively impact any employee, coworker or guest I work with."

Scholarships like the Anne Shaner Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management Award allow Carlson to fully immerse herself in hands-on experiences at Iowa State. "The field I have chosen to study isn't one where I know I will make lots of money but is one I'm very passionate about. Scholarships enable me to focus on my studies without worrying about my financial situation. I'm thankful to donors for making attaining a higher education possible!"