“JELF helped take away financial burdens while I attended the University of West Georgia pursuing my Marketing degree. I was able to enjoy college life while interning with two non-profits which led to employment at graduation and then became building blocks for the consulting role I am now in.”
I grew up in Lawrenceville, GA and am the youngest of four siblings. I have always had a passion for pushing myself outside of my comfort zone. As a child, I was always active, pushing myself to become a cheerleader, basketball player, Girl Scout, a chorus member (even though I cannot sing to save my life), and other school and community groups. As an adult, I still continue to push myself and now have a passion for traveling, experiencing cultures, and being around people.
Of my siblings, I was the first to attend college and took on the financial responsibility, so that is something I am really proud of. I was a JELF recipient through my four years of undergrad. In 2011, during my junior year of college, I was also the recipient of a special one-time scholarship from JELF. JELF has been a huge contributor to my success in school and after. As many young college graduates learn, student loans are not exactly fun and having a high interest rate is even less fun.
Currently, I am involved in several different aspects in the Jewish community. I went on Birthright shortly after graduating college and then began playing with social sports at the JCC. I then began to get more involved in the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and helped plan and coordinate a reverse mifgash and other events. I now Co-Chair the Birthright Alumni involvement at the Federation, staff Birthright trips, and continue to play sports at the JCC and attend different social events throughout the community.
Shortly after college, I began my career in marketing and consulting at the Scheduling Institute in Alpharetta, GA. Having gotten my degree in marketing and sales, I am fortunate to have found a company that lets me use my creative and strategic talents. My advice to any young professional, or really any professional, is to find a career that will help you develop both personally as well as professionally. It truly makes a huge difference. I am now enjoying getting involved with entrepreneur friends and helping them with social media, word of mouth, or other outlets.
In 2012, JELF gave me the opportunity to share my story at a large JELF event and I was so glad to be there so that I could represent the importance of JELF and difference it can make. Having these interest free loans for school made such a difference for me, and also truly affected the years after college and my ability to succeed. Thanks, JELF!