Ana Bisciello

My name is Ana Bisciello and I would like to consider myself a full-time multitasking ninja. When I'm not running 26.2 miles and errands, I am either studying, reading, working, sleeping or looking at cute pictures of puppies. Being a runner as well as an analyzer, both my legs and mind can wander into eternity, which is how I came up with the name “Thoughts for Miles" (clever, I know ;)).

One thing about me you will come to know is that I am never bored - I am always grinding, hustling and working my ass off to better myself and my work. When you’re an athlete for the majority of your life, the competitive nature in you tends to transfer from on the field as well as off the field. I have a strong belief that if you put your mind to something and work hard enough, anything is possible and ultimately, you will be successful. However, I have a tendency of taking on more than I can handle, but I know I'll get it done because I always do.

Right now, I am currently training for a marathon, working as an Assistant Marketing Manager at Polar Electro Inc., a Research Assistant at NYU Stern, a Project HEAL mentor and attending NYU to pursue my master's degree in Integrated Marketing. Oh, did I mention I'm an imaginary part-time juggler/magician? Because I'm not sure how I even balance it all sometimes, but somehow I do. 

I've always had a strong passion for marketing ever since the introductory course I took in high school. My intuition was telling me I was meant for this and should be in this field. So, after high school I knew exactly what I wanted to study in college: marketing. I went onto the University of Scranton where I earned my Bachelor's in Marketing and Minor in Philosophy, all while playing varsity field hockey and working two jobs. Again, biting off more than I can chew - but I did it!

Education has always been and always will be an important aspect in my life, which is why I wanted to continue with getting my Master's Degree as well as eventually pursuing a PhD.  Studying marketing and philosophy during my undergraduate degree sparked my interest to participate in the development of marketing research, as I always questioned the essence of everything. My research interests mainly encompass consumer psychology including: consumer well-being, consumer perception and consumer attitudes. Understanding these specific topics on a granular level will only make for a stronger marketing strategy as well as a stronger marketer - (always look to be better than yesterday).

While this all sounds intriguing and exciting, none of this came easily for me. Like I said, I had to work hard to earn the opportunities I have in front of me right now. Shifting from high school to college, I struggled with an eating disorder that took a toll on my life in a way I never could have imagined. Truthfully, this is always something I struggled with but was at its peak during that specific time period. Trying to accomplish all that I set forth for myself, while simultaneously battling myself mentally and physically, was not at all easy. It took a lot of self-discovery of strength and determination to want to fully accomplish what I planned but most importantly, to get better for myself and those around me.  

With help of therapy, friends and family, I can now say I am recovered. I'm not going to lie and say I don't have my days because I do - because let's be real, everyone does. However, the one thing I took away from that traumatic experience was that I want to help others going through similar situations, which led me to Project HEAL. As a mentor, I have the ability to provide peer support for those who are struggling with an eating disorder. At the end of the day, if I could make a difference by making someone smile, laugh or feel lighter about the situation, then I think I succeeded.

All in all, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason whether the outcome is positive or negative. I also believe that with my educational, professional and life experiences I have had thus far, can contribute in making a difference in the world – and that is what I plan to do.