Back in February when things were… different. This is where my head was.

I attended the 4A’s MAIP Selection Celebration on Thursday, Feb 6th. There I received an offer from Saatchi & Saatchi LA. As a Strategy Intern! Super excited! A huge thanks to Sarah Nguyen and the team at Saatchi for selecting me.

This is a week late but I had to gather my life and process everything. I was sobbing. It took me about two hours to leave R/GA where the Celebration was hosted. A huge thank you to everyone at the event who comforted me. MAIP truly is a wonderful atmosphere that feels like family. I never cry in front of anyone. But at MAIP I wasn’t embarrassed nor could I hold it in. Now I understand those competition reality shows when they cry at the end.

It’s been a long road full of risks, fueled by grit. It’s been me doing things by myself without any family or monetary support for a long, long while now. There was a point when I didn’t even have a place to live. So much uncertainty. All I had was the belief in myself and the will to do something greater. But it was all worth it on the road to happiness and following my dreams.

Seriously, to anyone who might need to see this, just keep pushing. If you believe in what you’re doing then the only thing that can stop you, is you.

This experience is truly life changing and I am incredibly grateful. Thank you! #IAmMAIP2020#MAIPithappen

Update, Oct 28, 2020: While I didn’t get a chance to intern with Saatchi due to the surprise of a global pandemic, I was still able to participate in their Strategy Bootcamp and Mentorship Program. The experience was invaluable, inspiring, and not to be cheesy- exhilarating. It definitely confirmed that I’m right where I want to be.

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