Kent State Alumna Remains Passionate About Hospitality Through Pandemic Job Loss

Kent State alumna Alyssa Mittereder, B.S. ‘19, has struggled with an issue faced by many during the pandemic: job loss. 

Mitterder says while she was happy to receive the stimulus check at the beginning of the pandemic, she could not apply for unemployment in Ohio because she had already been laid off twice before starting her job in Cleveland, where she was laid off a third time. 

The pandemic has turned the hospitality industry upside down. A primarily steady industry has now seen some of the most significant losses due to state and county shutdowns. 

“You're always gonna need a waitress, you're always gonna need a bartender, you're always gonna need a bar manager, you're always going to need that kind of stuff...who knew that this pandemic was coming,” Mittereder told Spectrum News 1 Ohio. 

Despite the many curve balls thrown her way, Mittereder says that she is still passionate about the hospitality industry and searches for jobs each day, using the connections she made at Kent State to land a career, hopefully soon.

“Each day I wake up, I check my Linkedin. I check if there are follow-up emails from any other places that I've applied,” Mittereder told Spectrum. “Mainly being in Cleveland, I have connections from going to Kent State.”

To read Mittereder’s full story, visit

POSTED: Monday, December 14, 2020 - 12:33pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 11:12am
Katie Null