Name: Jean Elizabeth Miles
Hometown: Rehobeth, Alabama
College: Auburn University
Major: Civil Engineering
What is your favorite food: Hi, my name is Jean Elizabeth and I am currently a recovering peanut butter addict. Needless to say, my favorite foot is by far anything made with peanut butter. My love became so strong that I’m almost 100% positive it became an addiction. I have had to cut myself off from the deliciously scrumptious, nutty-licious, spreadable goodness.
What is your favorite Olympic sport: Bump, set, SPIKE!!! Every Olympic games, I draw up my bracket, prepare my schedule, and tune in to the volleyball matches! I don’t even care if the United States are playing or not, I still try to watch every game. I absolutely love it!
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: For as long as I can remember, my family has always spent Christmas Eve at my Grandparents house eating, laughing, and usually playing some sort of game. In previous years, we played Dirty Santa; however, over the past few years we have combined Dirty Santa with Bingo and made our own fun-filled night making up the rules as we go. My grandparents dress up as Pat and Vanna from Wheel-of-Fortune and we end up laughing until we cry! It has become the highlight of our Christmas season because we get to make wonderful, crazy memories with the ones we love most!
What is your favorite time of day: While preparing for the Distinguished Young Women program, I began attending an exercise class before school every morning at 5:00am. This is when I discovered the most beautiful time of day – dawn. Seeing the bright orange sun awaken across blue-grey sky reminds me of how glorious my God is. No matter what happened the day before, whether good or bad, this sight reminds me that each day is a new day and a new chance to live for Him! “Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” – Lamentations 3:23.
What is your favorite time of year: My favorite time of year is most definitely fall. The weather changes to cooler, breezy days; the leaves change to a beautiful array of reds, oranges, and yellows; the National Peanut Festival kicks off in my hometown, bringing with it a 10 day fair, pageants, parades, and contests; and it’s time for my Auburn Tigers to “fly down the field” and “win for Auburn, power of Dixie Land!” (Sorry, I had to throw our fight song in there somewhere. It’s not a fall without singing it a few times! War Eagle!)
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Can I be both? Usually plan ahead. I couldn’t survive without my planner and have to have some sort of routine, yet I somehow always end up scrounging at the last minute to finish a project or study for a test.
Paper OR plastic? Plastic, definitely. They’re easier to come by and great to reuse!
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Half-full! I’ve been way too blessed in life to ever look at it half-empty! I’m alive, what’s not to be happy about?!
Introvert OR extrovert? Once again, can I be both? I guess I’m an extrovert to some extent. I love to talk and interact, meet new people, and hang out with my friends. However, like anyone, I love alone time to myself where I can just sit back and relax.
Cats OR Dogs? DOGS. DOGS. DOGS. DOGS. Should I say anymore?
Morning person OR night person? Morning person, most definitely! 7:00 in the morning and I am your girl, but it gets 7:00 at night and I am winding down for the day. If it is past 9:00 and I am not already in my pajamas and ready for bed, then something seriously important must be going on! My mom calls it my “Cinderella pumpkin hour.”
If you could be any color crayon, what would you be and why? “Inchworm,” which is a meadowish-green color, because it is the color of frogs! I started a stuffed animal frog collection when I was little and used to tell people I was going to be a frog when I grew up! Since apparently that can’t happen, I guess I can just be an “Inchworm” green crayon instead!
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? A gallon of skim milk, celery, apple slices, broccoli, and some sugar-free Jello… needless to say I don’t lead a very exciting life, but hey, at least it’s healthy!
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? That it’s SO UNBELIEVABLY DIFFERENT from anything I could have ever expected! I mean, obviously I knew that that it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park because if it were easy, everyone would do it, right?! It’s not even the class work or academic portion of college that makes it so different, but time management, money management, and adjusting to new surroundings that cause this transitioning time in our lives to be so much more than what I was expecting. However, I am still loving every minute of it! Couldn’t imagine being anywhere different!
Sum yourself up in three words. Using my initials: Jubilant, Energetic, and Musical
What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I am studying to become a Civil Engineer with the hopes of becoming an Imagineer at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. I have been to Disney almost 20 times and could not imagine a better career! Also, I really want to be involved in world missions using my skills obtained as a Civil Engineer to better the lives of those in impoverished countries.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. While at my state program, we had several days full of practice where we didn’t leave the rehearsal site. One night, after a long day full of fitness rehearsals, we began practicing self-expression. While one group was up on stage, the other remaining groups were supposed to be rehearsing on the floor of the auditorium; however, that’s not necessarily how it turned out. Every run through became more relaxed than the previous, leading to a full out dance party before the rehearsal ended. It was so nice just to let loose and have a blast dancing and joking around with 51 strangers who had quickly become my best friends over the last few days. It is memories like those that hold such a special place in my heart and that make this program so special to me. It is not a competition, rather a growing and learning opportunity for high school girls to come together and truly experience something life changing.