My name is Caroline Justice, and I'm a senior in Auburn's Hospitality Management Program. I am concentrating in Event Management and have a Minor in Business Administration. My love for events started at my cousin's wedding in 2012. I had so much fun steaming tablecloths, arranging flowers, and helping the caterer that I knew I had to do it again. As soon as I got home, I found the name of a wedding coordinator in Huntsville and started spending my Saturdays with her within the month. I fell in love with the controlled chaos, the beautiful venues, and the teams of passionate, talented, genuine individuals that make up the event industry. I have spent my college years working in hotels, event companies, and restaurants. From serving at a BBQ restaurant to interning at a four-diamond hotel in Biltmore Park, I could not be more grateful for the work experience I have gained, people I've met, and places I have gotten to experience. Auburn's Hospitality Program has given me unreal experiences, including an externship with one of D.C.'s top catering companies, a week-long wine tour of Napa Valley, and a trip to Chile and Argentina to study wine and food. These opportunities are provided solely because of The Gala and the selflessness of the Hotel and HOSP teams. Thanks to these people and this place, I feel confident going into graduation and out into my career, where I will eventually own an event coordination company of my own. I can't wait to see what this Gala does for the classes of Hospitality Management students that come after us!
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