Get to Know Carolyn (Carly) Mickelson - Distinguished Young Woman of North Dakota 2013

Name: Carolyn (Carly) Mickelson 
Age: 18
Hometown:Fargo, North Dakota
College: Concordia College
Major: Spanish and Chemistry with a minor Biology or Neuroscience
What is your favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
What is your favorite Olympic sport: Beach Volleyball
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: Making Christmas Cookies!!!
Current #1 most played song on your iPod: Classic by MKTO
What is your favorite quote: “Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Einstein
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? I try to plan ahead but it works probably half the time
Paper OR plastic: Plastic
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Always always half-full
Introvert OR extrovert? I am not outgoing enough to go and introduce myself to people and ask them to hangout or anything, but I am definitely not shy when you get to know me.
Cats OR Dogs: Dogs all the way (Corgis <3)
Morning person OR night person: Both! Though I love the morning because the stress of the day has not caught up with you yet.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Sugar snap peas, hummus, coffee creamer, and a big water pitcher
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? Somebody in a third world country so we could walk in each other’s shoes (or bare feet) for a week, though if I could give them more time I would.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? You can’t study for 25 minutes for your first biology lab practical
Sum yourself up in three words. Smiley, independent, imaginative
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I want to be a doctor because growing up I was surrounded by people working in the medical field, and they were my heroes. They fixed every boo-boo and taught me how to care for others in a logical yet compassionate way.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. I can’t think of a single moment that was my favorite, but our whole Camp Grace experience was definitely my favorite part of our trip. Before the sleepover at Camp Grace, I still felt a little bit awkward and I did not know many of the girls too well. Over the 2 days we were there, I feel as if I got to know every single person a little (or a lot) better, and we all really bonded. We got to see the different sides of each other at the campfire, swimming in the lake, the high ropes course, and the dance contest and it was really a judgment free zone for everybody to come out of their shell. It was so fun to just sit and talk with somebody I had never talked to before. About their state, their family, their interests, their fears, dreams, beliefs, everything! It really was a beautiful experience.

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