Chelsea Amsley: Reflection Post-Residency
Chelsea moved to Cincinnati in 2014, first as a Venture for America Fellow, then later joined the PL team as our first Communications Resident. Chelsea earned her "Society Membership" after six months of loyal service. In the spring of 2015, Chelsea relocated to Atlanta where she's currently pursuing work in the philanthropic field. Here's what Chelsea had to say about her residency experience:
What did you accomplish during your residency that you're most proud of?
C: Hard question. I feel like one of my greatest learnings was how to become self-sufficient in the workplace. In the beginning,
I had to define many of my own tasks/roles. This was hard at first. It took me a while to understand that I actually needed to do this to be successful. I had guidance of course, but I didn't hit my stride until I realized I needed to be in the driver's seat.
As far as deliverables, I am really proud of the work I did around metrics and social media tracking. The final output looks great and it was cool to see how the product got stronger and stronger throughout the process.
What skills did you sharpen during your time at People's Liberty?
C: Brevity. I learned to look closely at my writing and not be afraid to hack it away. It's a beautiful thing when a convoluted idea becomes a succinct one-liner. I think I've also gotten better about creating a storyline around the pieces I produce. So...to be brief, fluidity and simplicity in my writing.
Did you make any connections during your term that you plan to carry forward?
C: I truly met some incredible people during my experience at PL, many of whom I plan to stay in touch with. Fatima (2014 Design Resident) and I still chat regularly; it's been great to maintain that friendship.
In five years, I hope to...
C: Know what I want to do in five years.