Kumar Singh

Kumar Singh, 25, is a people-person—a quality that will serve him well in his career. The recent RIT Hospitality and Service Management graduate intends to work in the areas of reservations or resort management in the international hotel business.

"I like the idea of working in a nice environment and seeing guests who are happy and enjoying themselves," says Singh. "People need a break and a vacation. A hotel gives them a place to enjoy life stress-free."

Singh, who is from Orlando, Fla., says his path to college was influenced by the success of an older cousin whom he watched get a bachelor's degree, continue on for her Ph.D. and have a happy life.

At RIT, Singh has taken advantage of innovative educational technologies to help him succeed in the classroom.

"What's so special and unique about RIT are the support services," says Singh. "Notetakers, C-print captionists and interpreters all have supported my bachelor-level course work. RIT also makes it possible for students to learn about many cultures, see and use many communication styles and meet students from different backgrounds."

After completing his associate degree in Accounting Technology and first accounting co-op at a government agency, Singh started thinking about changing his major.

"I learned that although I like numbers and language, I enjoy being with people even more," he says.

If being a people-person and participating in extra-curricular activities is any indication of success in the hospitality industry, Singh is headed on the right career path. He was founder and treasurer of the Caribbean Deaf Club, and has been a student advisor for the club. He was director of communications for NTID Student Congress, and was a member of the Hispanic Deaf Club and the Ebony Club. He played in the Deaf Basketball Association for four years, and was treasurer for Lambda Alpha Upsilon fraternity. In his time at RIT, he was awarded three different scholarships.

"Time goes fast; do not waste it," is one of Singh's mottos. He clearly is someone who takes his own advice.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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