Student Profile: Erin Driscoll '12

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August 17, 2011 - 10:32am

Erin Driscoll’s dream is to have her own catering business. Thanks to Medaille and generous scholarship support, this junior business administration major will have the education and experience needed to make that dream a reality.

Driscoll, 23, is a Cheektowaga resident originally from Youngstown, Ohio. She attended culinary school in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she met her boyfriend, and decided to come back with him to his hometown of Buffalo. However, in 2009 fate stepped in. Her father was involved in a major car accident, leaving him in a coma to this day. Driscoll moved back home so she could help her mother care for him.

Eventually Driscoll felt it was time to complete her education and started looking at schools that would give her the small class size and personal attention she wanted. Medaille fit the bill.

"I applied to a lot of smaller schools, but Medaille really appealed to me. I like the fact all the professors know my name and a little bit about my background. They’re also all very friendly, which makes it easy to learn." Driscoll said the relationships she has forged with her fellow students and her involvement in campus activities have given her valuable exposure to how business and hospitality mix.

In fact, Driscoll is a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), a campus organization that promotes entrepreneurship through projects with businesses and nonprofits. Through SIFE, Driscoll is the COO of the Commons Café, a student-run eatery in the Main Building, where her duties include ordering supplies and scheduling employees.

Upon graduation, Driscoll hopes to find immediate work in the hotel or restaurant management industry, which will give her the experience to reach her ultimate goal: owning a catering company in New York City or Washington, D.C. A William Randolph Hearst Scholarship recipient, Driscoll said the financial assistance has made all the difference in the world. "If it wasn’t for Medaille, I don’t know if I would have been able to return to school," she said.  

This content originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of the Medaille Magazine.

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