Star-Crossed Friends: The Tale of an Ambassador and a First-timer
Kayte Hamilton, firstname.lastname@example.org
Once upon a time, on a warm summer afternoon, Kayte Hamilton pondered the essay for the Young Professionals Grant application. After much time and editing, she finally hit “submit.”
Weeks went by. No news. But given her load of survey requests, proposals and managing her department’s digital tools, Kayte didn’t have time to fret.
At the same time, half-way across the States, Anya Zadrozny was equally preoccupied, having many things to prepare for the conference, along with videos to edit and research projects to tackle.
Anya was also eagerly anticipating her first experience as an Ambassador; having been a YPG winner last year, she wanted to do everything she could to pay it forward with her First-timer.
The fateful day arrived when Kayte learned she was a Grant winner, and Anya learned her First-timer was Kayte.
The days leading to the Conference were jam-packed. Anya wanted desperately to give Kayte a pep talk about what to expect in Orlando but their schedules barely aligned.
The day before departing, Anya and Kayte connected for the fastest rally-cry FaceTime on record; exactly eight minutes! The quick conversation made them even more anxious to meet in person.
The first official QRCA event occurred without crossing paths. It was lunch and they had still not connected. Texting each other furiously as the First-Timer event drew near, Anya told Kayte she would be easy to spot; after all, she’s so tall.
But to Kayte’s dismay everyone was sitting down. Seats were already chosen and space filled fast. Finding a chair, Kayte thought, “Maybe I will see Anya as she comes down the line,” while Anya was thinking, “I hope I can find Kayte!”
Anya and Kayte finally crossed paths at the end of the First-Timer event. They eyed each other from across the room and greeted each other like old friends, even though they had only just officially met!
The rest of the conference was a friendship blur. They laughed together, they learned together.
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