Hi, I'm Melissa! I'm currently living in Chicago and working at Digitas. I spent the past two years getting my Masters in Business/Branding from the VCU Brandcenter in Richmond, VA. Over the past few years, I've worked in strategic planning and media at agencies like DDB and MullenLowe. I am a James Madison University alum (Go Dukes!) and I love writing, reading, traveling, chatting over iced coffee, and understanding human behavior.

Good advice but hard to follow in the moment: 5 by 5 rule -- if it's not going to matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes being upset about it.

I know a lot of people (I moved a lot growing up and I'm good at keeping in touch), and I remember people easily... so I have a lot of "what a small world" moments and often realize I have mutual friends with someone I've just met.

People's names and important personal details (middle names, birthdays, siblings' names, etc.)

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