As a freshman in AdInk, our advertising club, I was introduced to the American Advertising Federation – Kansas City and their greatness early. I started going to events as a sophomore and became a member last year, thanks to my amazing mentor from the Mike Dunlap Scholarship, Kevin Fullerton. This year, I was one of the first two Northwest students to enter the student ADDYs and one of the first five to attended the ADDYs. (According to our advisor, Jacquie, who convinced me to do both.)
This year the AdInk group and I took the opportunity to volunteer before the awards and help out AAF-KC during hanging weekend. We spent a Saturday driving, spraying glue, meeting professionals, eating pizza and checking out the winners early.
Then, after some car pool arrangements, four AdInk members, a brave boyfriend and I were headed to one of the biggest nights in Kansas City advertising. I walked into the beautiful Midland Theatre and both my nerves and excitement grew. As big names walked by and even people I didn’t know talked near me I felt both emotions heighten. The people coming to this event are nationally known, advertising legends that do amazing work and I am just a student trying to get a job in three months, getting to be apart of the process I will hopefully participate in some day.
The show went on and through an amazing presentation I got to view the great work coming from a mid-west city I have come to love. I listened as John, the president, made a passionate speech about creativity that I could feel inspiring me and smiled as Kevin took the stage, a Bearcat, that I have the honor to know. When the student work showed, I humbly excepted defeat, the campaigns on the screen were amazing and just something else from this experience I knew I was going to to learn from. I am so thankful for the experience I had and thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. It was my first but hopefully not my last.