has anyone visited or gone to Stockton College in south jersey?
i went there for a semester. it wasn't the right fit for me, but it's a very good school. a couple kids i work w/ at the shop go there & like it. they've got a pretty active ski/snowboard club & a surf club as well.
Look at hotel schools for sure. If you have the grades, Cornell is the best in the business for hotels, but if you happen to be a PA resident, look at Penn State's hospitality school. To give you an idea of what to expect, hospitality management for people with degrees in the field can start around 55-65K a year, and if you are with a top company (Hillstone being, in my opinion, the gold standard for restaurant groups, Four Seasons the top in hotels... but many companies that do marketing, consulting, financing, advertising, branding, IT and accounting specifically for hotels/restaurants), you can expect to break six figures in two to four years.
That said, if you want to work around a beach, you would need to look at smaller companies which have fewer mainland locations (you don't get to choose where you work for the big companies until you have years and years of experience). In addition, hospitality management has brutal hours and little time off. It's a good gig, but you gotta love the industry.
You should also look at Coastal Colleges in larger cities. The local hospitality programs out here all tap into the Local Restaurant and Hotel scene. They have really good local placement. My company actually accepts graduates from SDSU and a few other local universities. We hire them right out of school as entry level management. But yeah, if you find a school by the surf, you can usually get some local placement, even within the big companies, like Marriott and Hilton. But yeah, that is solid advice. But again, hospitality management isnt for everyone. You may hate it. I have met a few students who graduated, then we employ them and they basically say "This is not what I thought I was getting in to". You have to be ok with basically acting all the time. Pretending to care. Pretending to be nice. Pretending like the people you are dealing arent erally retarded, which usually they are... But again. Super fast paced, not boring office work. Every day is something new. Thats why I love it. And you never have to take work home with you. The end of the day is the end of the day. Ya know? There is a lot to be said for that.
Any college has plenty of poon. the biggest thing is to do something where you can actually get a job when you graduate!! Way too many kids today are going to get 'feel good' degrees but end up waiting tables then they get out.
As far as living at the beach there is no substitute for health care. pay is good and they are always in demand. Teaching is an option too but I'm a little leery about that. as budget pressures on states increase there is going to be a big push to lay off teachers.
Teaching is iffy if you wanna get in the water immediately...in my experience the good schools aka "ones by beaches" are rarely in need of teachers and there is tight competition to get in. It comes down to who you know, what you teach, years of experience, or just a willingness to leave the confines of your state (which presents its own issues cuz lots of times they don't want to hire you unless you live there already or unless it is a desperate school which again are inner-city and long ways from the beach or just out of state teaching licenses issues)...Not to say you can't get lucky (I finally got offered my dream job in Hatteras after two years but couldn't take it cuz by that point I was married and my wife is in the Navy). I looked for teaching jobs near the coast for 18 months before I gave up and spent 4 years inland building a resume' but now I live the dream and get barreled almost everyday teaching in Micronesia.