Get to know Alex Grady - Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa 2014

Name: Alex Grady  
 

Age: 18 

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa

 College: The University of Alabama

Major: Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Early Childhood Education

What is your favorite TV show? My favorite TV show would have to be Scandal because I love having to figure out how Olivia Pope is going to fix the problems and it always keeps you on your toes.
What is your favorite Olympic sport? Gymnastics would have to be my favorite Olympic sport, the precision and talent that it takes to be a gymnast amazes me!
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition? My family normally does a Thanksgiving lunch instead of dinner so after we finish lunch my mom, brother and I go to a movie and eat popcorn instead of dinner. In the past few years we’ve gone to whatever Hunger Games movie is out at that time.

 

What is your favorite time of the year? I absolutely love fall! You get to start wearing scarves and sweatshirts again, which are my two favorite clothing items!

 

What is your favorite movie? Going along with my family’s Thanksgiving tradition, the Hunger Games series are all my favorite movies. They’re so well done and such a thrill!

 

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Definitely procrastinate, I hate to admit it but it’s very true.

 

Paper or Plastic? Probably plastic, but I don’t have much of a preference.

Glass half-full or glass half-empty? Glass half-full, I always like to look at the bright side of things. No matter how bad something is you’ll always get through it!

 

Introvert or extrovert? For the most part I’m in extrovert, I love being around my friends and hanging out with them. At the beginning of friendships or when I’m in a new situation I’m definitely an introvert. I’m very quite person when you first meet me.

Cats or Dogs? Dogs, all the way!

 

Morning person or a night person? I’m actually more of an afternoon person, that’s when I get most of my work done. Mostly because I LOVE my sleep, maybe a little too much, but I’m always sleeping in late and going to bed early!

 

What is your most embarrassing moment? In Fourth Grade we had a choir performance for our whole school right after lunch. I hadn’t been feeling well that whole day, but I still ate lunch because I knew that I should. Well, we got a few songs in to the show when I started to feel really bad. As a fourth grader I was too scared to leave the performance because I didn’t want to get in trouble, when really I should have. A few seconds later I got to show everyone in my school, especially the people standing in front of me, what I had had for lunch that day. Needless to say, I was mortified and the people in front of me weren’t happy. The rest of the class loved me though because since they had acted so professional during the whole thing, they got extra recess time.

If you could be any color crayon, what would you be and why? I would be Macaroni and Cheese and that’s 100% since I love Macaroni and Cheese!

 

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? You have to work out and eat healthy food. Your metabolism isn’t going to be the same as it was in high school, especially if you’re not doing your after school activities. I used to dance 6-8 hours a week, going from that to not dancing at all your metabolism goes down a lot. I’ll admit that this past week was the first time that I went to the gym since I’ve been at college, I feel healthier and I’m more energized throughout the day!

 What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I want to be a Child Life Specialist when I grow up. They do a lot with kids with terminal illnesses or kids that are just in the hospital for a simple operation. They really help council the kids through their time in the hospital and they work with the family, too. I got involved in Dance Marathon at a very young age and they do a lot of things with kids with terminal illnesses. My involvement with Dance Marathon led me to realize that I wanted to work with these kids. The kids have to go through so much at such a young age, I want to do everything in my power to help them have a little bit of the childhood that they should be living.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real of fictional, with whom would it be? I would trade spots with Robin Roberts. She has been such an inspiration to me for a long time. From being on Good Morning America to battling cancer twice, she has such a positive outlook on life. She is loving and caring and people enjoy being in her presence.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. My single-most favorite moment from my Distinguished Young Women experience would have to have been at my state program. Don’t get me wrong, I loved nationals but in this moment I knew that I was getting into a great program that would change my life forever.
 
On Wednesday at my week at State, my closest friend there, and 2nd runner up, got a phone call from home. Samantha had been very close to her grandpa and learned early that morning that he had passed away. She was given the option to leave the competition and go back home to her family, but she chose not to because that’s what her grandpa would’ve wanted her to do. The whole time prior to this she had been our rock, always lifting us up and staying so positive. When she walked in the room during morning rehearsals, we dropped everything that we were doing and ran to her side. I don’t think I have ever had a better, more supportive or loving group hug than in that moment, the support and love that I felt from all those girls was endless. Samantha continued giving love and support to us, while we were giving it right back to her. In that moment I realized that Distinguished Young Women was going to make a huge impact on my life. At the state level I would make friends that would be there for me through anything and would be lifelong friends. In less than three days we had created a bond that would last a lifetime, and for that I am forever grateful to the Distinguished Young Women program.

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