1. I studied abroad in Costa Rica! It was one of the single most incredible experiences of my life! I was able to travel the beautiful country (it's the size of West Virginia!) while learning Spanish and enjoying the hospitality and culture that Costa Rica is known for! I was able to study abroad with my boyfriend, Christian, when we first started dating so Costa Rica holds a special place in our hearts.
|Take me home to Costa Rica!|
2. I was a band geek in high school! I played flute for my first year of marching band and pep band. Then I learned the oboe for symphonic band and then picked up trumpet on the side for funzies. I was also a majorette for the other three years of marching band!
3. I love volunteering with Habitat For Humanity. The last three spring breaks have been spent in Georgia building homes. Habitat for Humanity is also my pageant platform! I also made a mini-documentary for the Collegiate Challenge program that was featured at the organization's annual International Youth Conference. You can view it here.
Doin' work! Working on the roof is my favorite part of building Habitat Houses!
4. Along the lines of documentary work, I participated in Mary Kay's Inspiring Stories program. This program brought 15 women from all over the country together in Las Vegas to create three documentaries regarding domestic violence. I was placed on Team Give Joy and you can view our documentary here. My team worked with Alexa Vega (remember Spy Kids!?) as our voice-over.
|Just on set in Los Angeles with Alexa Vega #NoBigDeal|
5. I don't have my driver's license.
6. I've always had an entrepreneurial spirit. I created my first business at age 14 creating boutonnieres, corsages, and wedding bouquets! Even before then I tried selling friends homemade lip glosses when I was 9!
7. I compete in the Miss America Organization (MAO). Pageants have helped me develop my speaking and interview skills, stage presence, and have given me motivation to live a healthy lifestyle while also providing hundreds of dollars for my education! Read more about my pageant experience here and here.
|After my first MAO pageant with Miss Ohio 2010!|
8. Going Greek was the best decision I could have ever made. It has brought so many blessings and I have learned so much from my Alpha Phi sisters over the past three years. It's hard for me to believe that it's our senior year. I've had so many opportunities simply because of my membership in my sorority - the documentary I worked on with Mary Kay (I found out about the program through Alpha Phi), attended many leadership conferences, and most importantly, has given me a place to call home and a bond that is inseparable. As I work on my application to be an Educational Leadership Consultant for Alpha Phi, I can't help but think about how this organization has made an impact on my life and how it will continue to do so for the rest of my years.
|With my senior sisters, Courtney, Frankie, and Rachael. We recently had a photo shoot with our freshly painted letters!|
(P.S. I painted those this summer! The other side of the letters is covered in purple glitter!)
9. I took a year off after high school before attending college! Reflecting back on my gap year, this really helped set the tone for my collegiate career and I learned a lot about myself. After this gap year, I knew I valued leadership, hard work, and commitment and that has lead me to have the experiences and opportunities that I've had in college.
I would love to get to know the readers of this little blog better! Tell me a fun fact (or two, or a few) about you!