Name: Ciera Horton
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
College: Wheaton College
What is your favorite food: Organic salmon sushi from Whole Foods!
What is your favorite TV show: Downton Abbey
What is your favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice, especially the one with Colin Firth!
What is your favorite quote: “Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” ~ Judy Garland
What is your favorite time of year: Christmas! I love the spirit of joy that comes with the season!
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? I am definitely a planner. I like to be organized and to be in charge of my schedule because my productivity rate increases.
Paper OR plastic? Paper! It’s so much better for the environment.
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Glass half full. I am especially learning to be optimistic in college as I face new challenges every day.
Introvert OR extrovert? I am an introvert who often acts like an extrovert. I love to be social but I know that my energy comes from quiet time alone.
Cats OR Dogs? Dogs! They’re excited to see you and can play with you.
Morning person OR night person? It really depends on the day…but I’d have to say I’m a morning person because I am usually most creative and productive during the morning hours.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you absolutely need for survival? First, I would need my camera. It’s an absolute necessity. If I’m stranded on a desert island, at least I can take pictures of something beautiful! Then I would need journals so I can write and pass the time. And I would want matches — if I can make a fire, I can purify water and make food.
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? This is such a difficult question! But if I could be any fictional character, it would have to be Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, which happens to be my favorite novel! I would love to experience the Regency era and to meet my Mr. Darcy!
What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is losing the people that I love.
Sum yourself up in three words. Ambitious, joyful, whimsical
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I aspire to become a professional novelist. Writing has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember. My childhood was filled with books and I found myself writing at a very young age. I have so far written nine novel manuscripts as well as many short stories and poems. It is my hope that I can use my books to positively influence my society with stories that are uplifting and encouraging.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. One of my absolute favorite moments from my Distinguished Young Women experience came from Nationals when we were all signing autographs at the mall. We were ushered into the lobby and there was a long line of people waiting for us, cheering and carrying signs. I was stunned to see how families were waiting with young girls to take pictures with us and to ask us questions about our states. We all took our seats and proceeded to autograph posters for the next several hours. So many young girls told me, “I want to be just like you guys when I grow up! I want to be distinguished!” They wore shirts that said things like, “Future Distinguished Young Woman!” I realized then how my participation in this program was more than just a beautiful blessing—it was a responsibility. We were role models to these young girls from Mobile and it made me even more thankful for this organization, which has made such an impact on my life!