How We Got Our Start
Hello my people, my name is Shelly Lewis and I have been in the hospitality industry business over thirty years, and I must say that I have had a heck of a ride. I often tell my guests that if you love what you and do what you love, you will never spend a day at work. In 1982, I was a student in college, majoring in History with a minor in Education. Something was going on in the United States, whereas there was a shortage of African American in Government jobs. As a student trying to complete my college education, I personally thought that, this is not my problem. My college professor, came to me one day and ask me to take a test, this was a federal application, I told My college professor that I am not going to take this test. Several times my college professor came to me and ask me to take this test, several times I told my college professor NO. One day I arrived in his office, he put the test in front of me and told me to take this test, I think it may be good for you. He said, Shelly, I want you to take this test. To keep my college professor away from me and to keep him from bothering me about taking this test, I decided to take the test. I took the test for the Department of Interior ,National Park Services and the rest is history. I passed the test with flying colors, I was told that I scored an extremely high score on this test, somewhere in the top 10%, still, this didn't impress me at all, because I am trying to graduate from college.
I was assigned to a federal park in Washington DC as a seasonal Park Ranger Historian Interpreter. I arrived in Washington DC and I decided that I was not going to stay there. I had made arrangement to quit this job. Once I arrived there, I found out that my new friend was a snake, Sherman the snake. I am now calling back to home town, informing my college professor that I have a problem here and I am leaving. My college professor informed me that I could not leave, he also informed me that you have people depending on you to stay there and make the best of a bad situation. To make a long story short, I stayed on the job and made the best of a bad situation. Thirty years later, I am still in the hospitality industry. I must say that I have had grand experiences and a great life.