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Winter 2020

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ow early is too early to show up for your first day of work? Jenny Anderson knows from experience that two hours is probably too early. "I arrived in the city at 7:30 the night before my first day at work as a creative marketing intern," recalls Anderson, who came to New York City in May 2017. "I'd never been to New York before, and I thought, 'How does one ride the subway? I have no idea where I'm going.' " Allotting two hours to get to work, she caught a train and arrived in twenty minutes—a full hour and forty minutes earlier than expected. "It was a wide-eyed-and-eager, naïve kind of moment," she recalls, laughing. Today the Minnesota native and 2018 BYU advertising alum has not only mastered the subway, commuting daily to her full- time job at a global advertising agency, but she is also thriving in the Big Apple. "I love it," she says. "I can't imagine being anywhere else." What made the difference? Mentors. "People who always have a minute to stop and say hello, to hear your low-level crisis or By Bremen Leak iLLustrations By traci daBerko 18 MARRIOTT

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