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Christie,

I want to begin this letter thanking for you for being a wonderful mentor in my life through the opportunity I had working with Southwestern Advantage. I am extremely grateful to have worked with you and to have had your expertise while on the Bookfield. I know you remember me being sold from the beginning on the potential earnings that selling books would bring, due to my financial situation, but after our training meetings at Starbucks I began to see all that a summer with Southwestern could truly bring. In just a short twelve-week period I learned some incredible business skills, about what it took to run my own business, but more importantly, I learned about life, about others, and a great deal about myself.

To anyone who is considering working with Southwestern Advantage, I would highly advise it, as it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can’t count the numerous things that my summer taught me but I can highlight a quick few. It taught me incredible business skills: accounting for inventory, meeting new clients, financing of my business, being goal oriented and meeting my goals, how to have good public relations with the community I was working in, learning how to give skilled presentations, and especially learning how to make quick and effective first impressions. All of these things are extremely helpful in the business world. In addition, I learned a fair amount about people. I learned how to work with and be an effective communicator with others; another invaluable skill in life. I also learned quite a bit about myself, of what I was made of and what I wanted in life. It helped me to be more emotionally consistent and to learn to weather the ups and downs of an unpredictable world. It helped me to be appreciative of the wonderful opportunities that I have, of all the things I have been blessed with, my supportive friends and family, and for my relationship with the Lord. To anyone who is a Christian who is debating on selling, it will infinitely bring you closer to God because of your constant reliance on His guidance.

These have been just a few of the many things I have learned in my short time with Southwestern Advantage and they are the reasons I chose to come back for a second summer. I knew that if I had grown this much from one summer, that a second summer could do so much more. Thanks to the growth I’ve experienced I now use many if not all of these skills on a daily basis, whether with friends and family, or with co-workers or at school. These skills have been invaluable, so thank you again Christie for the opportunity you gave me to come work with you for Southwestern, and to Aaron as well for being an incredible mentor. You will never know how much you mean to me both personally and professionally. If you ever need to use this letter for someone considering whether or not to sell, feel free to pass along my contact information if they would like someone else to talk to. I hope this letter finds you well and I hope to see you again soon.

Warmest Wishes,
Robbie Kashey
Rjk0009@auburn.edu
404-226-7930