It’s a small world: Running into FDU grad Nita Chen in Taipei, Taiwan
You never know where in the world you might meet one of FDU’s more than 100,000 alumni. An FDU study abroad group led by Gwen Jones, associate professor of management and chair of the department of management, and Evangelos Djimopoulos, professor of economics and chair of the department of economics and finance, discovered this while checking into the Sheraton Grande Taipei in Taiwan.
There to welcome them with FDU (and Taiwanese) hospitality was Nita Chen, who earned her Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies from the FDU International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2006. A native of Taiwan, Chen returned home after a stint at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake in New Jersey. She has been working at the Sheraton Grande Taipei for almost four years, where she is now an assistant front office manager.
“I definitely met the magic in my life,” said Chen of this chance encounter during winter break 2014. “I shared the moment with all of my colleagues and also the previous Hilton colleagues.”
“Our Executive MBA cohort group went to Taipei as part of their international business course,” said Jones. “It was exciting and serendipitous to meet an FDU hospitality alum working at the hotel we stayed in!“
Chen also took some time to chat about her experiences at FDU and explain how her time at the University helped prepare her for a career.
What are your best memories of your time at FDU?
The best memory I have from FDU was the good old times when I attended Professor [Aixa] Ritz’s classes.
I personally learned and grew a lot during the time at FDU. In addition, I enjoyed the multicultural [environment] that was shared with other classmates.
Furthermore, the leadership class I attended was most helpful to the career I’ve had at both Hilton Woodcliff Lake and Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel.
Do you think that FDU helped prepare you for your career?
Especially for the international students, the OPT (Optional Practical Training) program that FDU provides is truly helpful to place a meaningful stepping-stone for their careers. I got the internship through OPT at Hilton Woodcliff Lake Hotel and it enhanced my further accomplishments.
Do you have any advice for current FDU students who are just beginning their careers?
Strive relentlessly to meet your final goal!