The academic environment | American Hotel Academy

The transition to the university environment is a challenge, especially for first year students. It often happens that they go through a mixture of emotions and feelings such as pride, relief, fear, sadness, curiosity, eagerness, empty space, confusion, peace, gratitude, challenges, socialization and many more.
To make transition a pleasant experience, our school has developed an orientation program that takes place during the first week of school. During Welcome Week, students are introduced to the culture and mentality of American Hotel Academy’s community and they will become familiar with their schoolmates, lecturers and with the academic program.
Every day of the Welcome week is a day in which the students can explore the various services that our school has to offer plus they will understand the structure and the role of the Student Governance together with its extracurricular activities. During this first week, they will find out more about the purposes of our internships and they will also have a better understanding of the rules, regulations and procedures that they must follow up.

What can you do to ease this transition?

• Encourage your child to always go to class, to attend all the activities scheduled for the Welcome Week and any other events organized by the school.

Involvement in extracurricular activities will help him/ her in developing skills needed for a future career in the hospitality industry.

• Tell your child that American Hotel Academy lecturers and staff are available for him/her every single day. Do not hesitate to contact school’s employees for problems, questions, suggestions or concerns. In the student manual (Student Handbook) there is a list with the school’s employees and a list with information regarding when and where they can be reached.
• If your child lives away from home, be understanding and try to offer the necessary support when he/she feels overwhelmed. Encourage him/her to spend at least a month at school before he/she returns to visit you or his/her friends.
• Be there for your child when he/she will ask for your help or your advice.
• Be prepared and accept that your child will face many changes, regardless if he/she is in his/her hometown or away from home.
• Visit the pages what we have recommended, in order to access other ways through which you can assist your child during school, to best fit his/her age or needs.