Get to Know Brianna Bracey - Distinguished Young Woman of Utah 2013


Name: Brianna Bracey

Age: 18
Hometown: Alpine, Utah
College: Brigham Young University
Major: Psychiatric Nursing with a minor in music
What is your favorite Olympic sport: Figure Skating!
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: My family loves to go caroling! We carol at neighbors’ homes, nursing homes, and hospitals. My sisters and I all sing and play the piano and violin, and two of my sisters play the harp. We have so much fun doing it, and look forward to it every year.
What is your favorite quote: “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
What is your favorite time of year: Autumn! Mainly because of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are one of my favorite treats, and you can never get enough of them during this beautiful season!
What is your favorite movie: Anything DISNEY.
Plan ahead OR procrastinate: Depends on what it is! If it is something I am excited to do, I plan ahead. If not, I procrastinate (although I like to use the term “creative avoidance” instead).
Paper OR plastic: Plastic
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty: “It doesn’t matter if the glass if half-full or half-empty. All that matters is that you have a glass and that there’s something in it!” (AKA: Half-Full). 
Introvert OR extrovert: Extrovert.
Cats OR Dogs: Dogs
Morning person OR night person: I’m definitely a night owl! :-) (Shout out to all those who help wake up me in the mornings so I’m not late for class!)
What is your most embarrassing moment? Oh, I have SO many. One of them would have to be when I was at a church-camp in the restroom. I was in the stall, when I heard someone say, “Hey! How are you?” Slightly caught off guard, the conversation proceeded as follows:
 “Uh…Good? What about you?”
“GREAT!!! What classes did you go to today?”
“ Uh… Insert list of classes here. Did you go to any?”
“Oh I went to two of those. They were so great! Yeah, I went to insert list of classes here. Hey, do you want to come get some ice cream with me later?”
“Uh…sure…I don’t really know you, but that sounds like fun! What’s your name?”
“….Hey, can I call you back? I think someone is trying to talk to me in the other stall.”
Oops! Never living that one down.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you absolutely need for survival? Aladdin’s magic lamp, magic carpet, and Henry Cavill.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Cookie Dough, Odwalla/Naked Drinks, Greek Yogurt, Salsa, vegetable minestrone soup, and leftover spaghetti.
What is your biggest fear? Dying without leaving my mark.
Sum yourself up in three words. Bubbly, compassionate, and determined. 
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. I have gained so much through this program—but most prominently being the friendships. From host families, roommates, local, state, and National committee members, police officers, choreographers, girl scout troops, volunteers, and parents—I am amazed by the people this program attracts. They all have truly been some of the greatest blessings in my life. (I love having Natalie Stoker, Katelyn Pyfer, and Lizzie Wing here with me at BYU!) Most importantly, I have learned that being a part of this program is more than the medallion, interview skills, poise, or even the scholarship money. It is about turning your eyes outward and giving selfless service to family and friends, as well as to your community, state, and country. It is about empowering individuals to realize their full potential and discover their personal mission in their lives. It is realizing that you have the power to set your own comfort zone, open your heart to new experiences, and gain that self-motivation to push past challenges. It’s all about becoming YOUR best self–today and always. 

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