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Day One:

Landing in the beautiful Jamaica began the start of an amazing spring break and study abroad. After Immigration, we were guided to a lounge for those waiting to go to Beaches and Sandals. We even had our own bus for the long ride to the resorts. We were greeted with drinks and cold towels. I finally met my roommates in person and explored the resort after we were shown to our room. While having lunch, I witnessed a Jamaican take on Sesame Street characters at their afternoon show while children in the audience joined them in dance. I ended the day by joining my classmates at the fire/circus show.

Day Two:

We started the day early for a meet-and-greet with Raven, the head of the department of sales. Raven took us on a tour of Beaches Ocho Rios, where we learned that the hotel offered 222 rooms in 16 different types. There is a total of seven different restaurants that feature different cuisines. After our tour, my favorite part was meeting with the department heads of those we could not shadow. I loved hearing from HR and accounting. My first department orientation was environmental health and safety. Jardin, the department head, informed us about every aspect of her job and why it was necessary. This department handles licenses and safety measures. Randomly, she has to audit the different departments to ensure they are updated with information and regulations. Did you know they have to have a license for every kayak they have? She even goes to court on behalf of the resort to update licensing.

We ended our day at the welcome dinner with the department heads. The food was amazing, and I learned so much. Jolon, the department head of entertainment, did a fantastic job hosting us.

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