Dear Mom

Mom, if you are reading this, please forgive me for going against what you’ve taught me, but I must admit, I have always believed this world would be a better place if we talked to more strangers. I’m not talking about the strangers that you sat me down and warned me of when I was 8 because I kept stopping people on the street and asking for their business cards to add to my obsessive collection. I’m referring to the people who surround us as we navigate through our daily routines and how we often treat these encounters as obstacles instead of opportunities. If less people sat in silence in the back of their Uber and more people asked their waitresses “Do you mind telling me about your tattoo?” or their subway neighbors, “What’s that book about?”, I can’t help to think that these small exchanges would have immeasurable impact.

This belief has been the root of my unwavering passion to become a part of today's world of advertising. I have been lucky enough to spend the last 4 years at Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Public Communications falling in love with a misunderstood art that is too often stereotyped by its complicated past. Take my grandma for example. In the 60’s, my grandma smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and had neighborhood couple’s over for what my mother gingerly refers to as “special dinner parties”. In 2016, my grandma takes 2-hour power walks every morning and boards guide dogs until they are ready for their permanent homes. The point is- she’s changed since the 60’s, and so has advertising. While my grandma began raising a family and became a source of encouragement and support, advertising evolved into a powerful storytelling platform for inspiring and sharing those conversations that we as individuals often neglect to initiate. As I join this ever-changing, influential industry, I’ve made it my dream and responsibility to deliver powerful stories to the masses in order to spark crucial conversations between individuals.