Alysia Torres: Stepping Up...
Following Her Path to the Future at Gwynedd-Mercy College
One can easily view Alysia Torres' life as a series of purposeful steps.
For at least five hours each week, Alysia practices dance steps with Gwynedd-Mercy College's dance team. The family-oriented Pennsylvania native followed her older sister's (a nursing graduate) footsteps to GMC. But Alysia is planning a multi-step career that will lead to her ultimate dreamowning her own restaurant.
"I've wanted to own a restaurant like my parents since I was in seventh grade," Alysia states. "I grew up living and breathing restaurants and feel so lucky about how much has been passed down to me. I already have a name, blueprint and a great multi-ethnic menu all planned out."
Smiling broadly, Alysia describes how much she has enjoyed her first few GMC accounting and marketing classescourses that are helping her get a solid business education. All of which she plans to put to good use! After waitressing and hosting, she aspires to serve as a restaurant manager and the eventual owner of "Travelers" restaurant.
"The name fits because people travel all over, and my family is so many ethnicitiesPuerto Rican, Filipino, Italian, Germanthat I already know secret ethnic recipes, like Mexican lasagna!" she explains. "It's delicious!"
Alysia's Future Focus... “I plan to
manage my own multi-ethnic restaurant”
Alysia Torres, Business Management Major
Alysia's initial impressions of the College as a "warm, friendly and energetic place" were spot on. "I loved it! I was welcomed by people who didn't even know me," remembers the busy sophomore who didn't hesitate to get involved. A representative of the Student Government and treasurer for the Student Activities Committee, Alysia runs meetings, and spends countless hours planning budgets and large campus events, such as the Halloween dance.
"GMC has already given me so many new skills and experiences that will benefit me as I move forward in life," she says. "I am never bored!"