Hi! I'm Melissa. I'm currently a strategy student at the VCU Brandcenter and will graduate in May 2018. I spent this past summer at DDB Chicago as a strategic planning intern and fell in love with the Windy City. Prior to Brandcenter, I earned a B.B.A. in Marketing from JMU (Go Dukes!) and worked in advertising for two years in the media department of MullenLowe. 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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