Crista CannataHospitality and Event Management, '04

Most Beneficial Part of Lasell Education: The best thing about Lasell College is definitely the small classrooms. My professors knew my name; I wasn’t just a number to them. I also made tons of new friends, and I felt like I was at home.

Passions: My passions include travel and experiencing other peoples’ cultures. I would say that the field I am in now is absolutely my passion because I get to travel to meet new clients and witness their cultures.

Current Company: Student Universe, Waltham, MA

Hometown: Westfield, MA

Current Residence: Newton, MA

Favorite Memories from Lasell: I lived in Van Winkle as a Resident Assistant my junior and senior year. Most of my residents were first years and sophomores. I made so many friends as the RA there, many of my students requested to live in Van Winkle the next year so they can be my residents for a second time. I still talk to many of the friends I made in Van Winkle today; these are truly lasting friendships.

Why I Chose to Support the Alumni Association: As I mentioned before, it was great to attend a school where the professors were genuinely interested in getting to know their students. I still live right in Newton, so it’s nice to be able to visit often and see how far Lasell has come since I graduated in 2004. It’s like a whole new place from when I was a student, and I am glad to know that I am a part of the school’s growth.

Did You Receive Financial Aid or Scholarships: Yes, I received financial aid all four years. This made it much easier for my family and me.

Volunteer Interests: I wish I had time to volunteer more often. When I lived back home, I volunteered with my church and local organizations all the time. I would take an opportunity to get involved with my community if I can get some free time.

I could never have been where I am today without all the great connections and friends I made at Lasell. When I’m having a bad day, I think of the good times I had and it always makes me feel better.

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Panel to Explore Ethical Dilemmas of International Service Learning  Monday, September 29, 2014A panel of Lasell professors will explore ethical dilemmas of international service learning travel to countries with problematic human rights records. The event will be held September 30 in de Witt Hall at 2 p.m.

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