Mary Millette '14, BAS in Hospitality Management (Hotel & Lodging Specialization)
Mary Millette ‘14 is destined for greatness. The world is at her feet. She is a very poised, articulate, and determined 21 year old senior who knows what she wants in life.
Born the 2nd oldest of 11 children, Mary described how she learned many important life skills from her close-knit family life in Blackstone, Massachusetts (a small town about an hour from Boston). From little on, she was a loving, active child who also pushed the boundaries and challenged her parents. In an effort to channel that energy in a positive direction, her mother urged her to work a three week summer program at Arnold Hall, an Opus Dei retreat and study center in Boston. This sparked her ambition, where she learned to cook, expanded her knowledge of hospitality and housekeeping, while receiving spiritual formation.
At the age 14, this became a turning point in Mary’s life. She continued to work on weekends for three years at Arnold Hall, thus discovering her passion for the food service industry. During senior year of high school, she participated in an Art of Living program at Arnold Hall, won the gold medal, and received a $1,000 scholarship to Lexington College. Her path was paved.
Mary flew to Chicago for her first visit to Lexington College and was instantly won over by the program that included tools to nurture students on their personal journey to success. Entering as a freshman, she took on a full-time schedule of classes, sought out employment at a local restaurant as a waitress, and became a nanny to two neighborhood girls. She shared, “Living in a large family, you learn to multi-task a lot. I was always used to keeping busy.”
Early in her junior year, Mary chose to pursue a position in the hotel industry. The Palmer House in Chicago granted Mary an interview where she is currently employed. Since then, she has advanced from an Intern to the Food & Beverage Coordinator.
Along with Mary’s hard work and motivation, her well-rounded education at Lexington ignited her true passion. She discussed how Lexington College not only taught her to be a leader and excel in the corporate world, but most importantly, “that each person you deal with is special and should be treated with respect and dignity.” She also mentioned that all her “work can be offered up to God.”
Mary will graduate from Lexington in May and has recently been accepted into a Master's Degree program beginning in September. She hopes to not only become a General Manager for a Hilton Hotel, but eventually to come be a part of Hilton Corporate. The many lessons and choices that she has made have molded her into a dynamic and exceptional young woman. Starting off with ideas and dreams, Lexington College is the kiln that shaped and polished her, preparing her to hit the ground running on a path to success.