by Becky and Raphaela
We all have people who inspire and influence our lives in significant ways. Program 35 has no shortage of mentors and role models encouraging us to push our creativity. But there is one person without whom we would not be here living our post-grad dreams. We call her AdMom.
I double checked the spelling of “Michele” seven times before I responded to the interview request. Not that it’s weird spelling, of course, but because I needed this to go perfectly. The night before my interview, I realized I didn’t have appropriate shoes. So, I dragged my ass out of bed at six am so I could be ready with enough time to go to Marshalls and buy a pair that would read as, “business bitch.” Like my shoes would be what determined if I was chosen for this program, or not.
On the ride over, when I wasn’t over-thinking my outfit, I kept asking, “how much of myself is too much to be?” That mentality changed within the first five minutes of meeting who would eventually be the Program 35 ad mom. This, I thought, is a place that I can be myself. This is a place that will challenge me to be my best self.
Thanks to AdMom, I’ve felt completely comfortable being myself in my first post-grad situation. Which is quite the feat considering I’m, like, A LOT sometimes. AdMom has this way of making you feel really competent. She’s so approachable, which made us feel like any issues we had, we could go straight to her.
So, when she broke up with us at our typical high-top table, we were pretty bummed. After all, she’s the reason we all are here. She believed in us after one interview, and paired us up into our teams perfectly. She set up an environment where all of us can feel comfortable with each other.
So, I guess all this is to say, thank you. Thank you for believing in us. For giving us this amazing program. For giving us an experience like no other. Thank you for showing us what respect looks like. Thank you for giving us the space to be ourselves. Thank you for showing us that we are worth a lot more than we give ourselves credit for sometimes.
Thank you, Michele.