Ben Hodgson
Business Administration- Management & Marketing, May 2012

In May of 2012, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Business Ben HodgsonAdministration, with a major in Marketing and Management and a minor in Hospitality Administration. Even though I did not realize it at the time, the education I received at Arkansas Tech has been invaluable to me. The lessons that I learned, both in and out of the classroom, at Tech have equipped me to enter the workforce and perform at a level I don't think I could have without this quality of an education.

At present, I work for Little Rock Tours as a sales representative. Basically, I plan and sell trips all over the country for all types of groups that want to travel. I am currently 22 years old and I can honestly say that I love my job – I don't feel like many people get to say that. This job is the perfect fit for my Business major and my Hospitality minor. The Business side of my education is useful for the sales component of the job, and my Hospitality minor enables me to accommodate clients in a professional manner.

As I feel many students do, I honestly did not apply myself to the full LR Tours & Travelextent while I was in high school. I was more concerned with my social life and simply getting into a college on a scholarship, rather than trying my hardest. Arkansas Tech University provided me with several challenges over my 4-year career there. Some of them were less challenging, and some were tough. This type of environment allowed me to learn a lot about who I was as a person, who I was academically, and how I could benefit a future employer.

When I was preparing to graduate in the spring of 2012, I had no idea what I was going to do. My original plan was to apply to as many places as I could and then pick and choose which job offer I liked the most. When it actually came time to graduate, this was not the case. Even though I graduated with honors, won several awards, participated in several extracurricular activities, and applied to quite a few companies, many of the employers I applied to did not request an interview or did not even respond. This is where Ray Moll and Norman Career Services helped significantly.

I first met Ray Moll as a professor in one of my Hospitality classes. I liked his class because it tied what I was doing for my Marketing major into my Hospitality minor. After I graduated, I still had a job waiting tables while I was trying to find something full-time. One day, Ray came in and sat at one of my tables and told me that he had recently become the Associate Dean for Student Success. He then gave me his business card and invited me to come in and work on my resume. I did so and continued to apply to more companies. One day Ray called me and told me he knew of a company with an opening, Little Rock Tours. Ray knows the owners of this small business personally and he referred me to them because he felt I would be a good fit for their needs. I am now in this job that I love because of the attention and care that Ray Moll and Norman Career Services gave me while I was a student at Tech. This attention to students is something that I don't feel larger universities would provide.

I will always be thankful to Arkansas Tech University, Ray Moll and Norman Career Services for this reason.

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