Dear AMA and RC members,
Most people don’t know my AMA story and I know the other seniors will probably mention theirs. I first joined the AMA because I wanted to gain marketing experience and have an outlet that opens doors for me into the marketing world. I was surprised to find from my very first meeting that I had found an all-in-one opportunity by being a part of our chapter. I joined RC and became a member of one team and a co-leader of another. I went to networking events where I got to gain insight from people already in the field and expand my network. I got to put all these experiences on my resume, which I know was the sole reason I landed my internship at the Arsht Center. In Spring 2014 I was your Director of Membership and since Summer 2014 I have been your co-Director of Roaring Concepts. The past 2 years of my life have been all about AMA, and I am thankful for all of it; for all the people I met, for all the hard work, for all the long hours, and for all the wins and losses I have faced on this wonderful, AMAzing roller coaster of an organization. I have no regrets. You have to trust me on this, I am a lazy person who joined out of panic and fear who had no job experience or skills whatsoever to fill up my resume. Now, besides a plentiful resume, I have the proactive confidence to face this “real world” ahead of me without a job lined up after graduation with no fear. Why? Because everything I have done and learned, the network I have built, and the confidence in myself that this professional organization has instilled in me have made me fearless to face the world ahead of me and know I will be okay.
To Oriana, my RC Director back when I was just a member and didn’t know anything about marketing, thank you for teaching me everything I know. You gave me the tools to succeed and learn for myself, lead a team with my amazing co-leader, and helped build me up to the RC Director I became.
To Camila, my co-Director, thank you for being my guide on how to take on this daunting responsibility of being an RC Director. Through it all we’ve faced a lot of victories and a lot of losses, but I’ve always had you to lean on when I needed help or needed someone else to be my rock and tell me, “You need to breathe, we got this!”
To Christian and Franco, presidents of my time on e-board, thank you for choosing me to be on e-board and help make me able to pay-it-forward to our members. With you both as presidents, AMA would not be possible and as strong a chapter as it is. I am thankful for the tough decisions that fell on your shoulders and guidance you gave us.
To the rest of e-board, past and present, thank you all for every time you helped me, for your friendship, and for the everlasting memories I have with each of you over these amazing 2 years of my life. You all have been part of the biggest stage of my life, and there’s no one else I would want to have been on this ride with. Best of luck and well wishes to those who will be on e-board in the Fall.
To all of you AMA and RC members, my advice to you all: take advantage of this AMAzing organization we’re a part of. Thank you for all of the work you have done, AMA and RC are nothing without people like you, and I am forever grateful to each of you. You all have the potential for greatness; work hard and this greatness is yours for the taking.
In typical e-board inspirational fashion, I’m going to leave you all with a quote that I hope you all take to heart because it is full of many truths and I think of these wise words F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote often: “For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.”
With my whole heart: I love you all!
Ashley, a.k.a. Mama Treichel