Get to Know Jimmienell Morgan - Distinguished Young Woman of New Mexico 2013


Name: Jimmienell Morgan

Age: 19
Hometown: Farmington, New Mexico
College: University of New Mexico
Major: International Business

My favorite food: is…well, food.

My favorite movie: Oh goodness, where do I even start? I LOVE all movies, but I’d have to say my all time favorite is She’s The Man. Now that’s a classic.

My favorite quote: Is from Marianne Williamson. I found this about a year ago, and it’s not only become my favorite quote, but words I try to live by. That being said, here it is:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?. Actually, who are you notto be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
      Plan ahead OR procrastinate: Definitely plan ahead. I don’t care if it’s “an easy assignment”, make time to do it BEFORE the morning it’s due. I am a notorious procrastinator, and I promise it’s not worth the anxiety. Start practicing planning ahead now. In college nobody cares whether you get your work done or not. You’re grades are up to you. So be wise, and plan ahead.
      Paper OR plastic: Either.

Glass half-full OR half-empty: Half-full. I like to think that my life is slowly filling up rather than never being enough. Positivity is a large factor in a happy life, and one day I know my cup will be full.

Introvert OR extrovert: Am I allowed to be both? I love being the life of the party. I thrive in big crowds, and meeting people is a breeze for me. At the same time, people can exhaust me and I appreciate alone time. In fact, I long for it. There is nothing like hanging out with yourself. That’s how you get to know who you truly are.

Cats OR dogs: DOGS!!! Enough said.

Morning person OR night person: Night person. I really wish I was a morning person, but sleeping is one of the most wonderful things. Besides, night is when the fun happens! No school, no obligations. Just freedom. Oh, and sleep.

What is your most embarrassing moment? I was in first grade, and we were taking a spelling test. I had to use the restroom, but we were supposed to go before hand. But of course, I hadn’t had to go at that time. So there I am, squirming in my seat, trying my best not to pee my pants. I finally just gave in and the warm liquid seeped into my seat and down the chair leg. OF COURSE the little boy next to me (who I wasn’t fond of to start with) yelled out, “Jimmienell tinkled”, and flipped his rat-tail around like he was the coolest kid. Man, did I hate that rat-tail. The teacher came over and looked at the damp spot on the floor, and before she could say anything I screamed, “NO! Ryan was spitting on the ground.” Let’s just say she believed me because, well Rat-tail Ryan was a troubled kid, and it was easier to believe that he had spit on the floor over me going to the bathroom right there in class. I was ecstatic and he had detention. Once class ended I threw a jacket around my waist and went on my marry way thinking I had gotten away with it. And then I sat on the bus. The whole ride home a girl complained that the bus smelled funny. I kept my mouth shut until we reached my stop. I jumped up and ran for the door. Little did I know, my wet pants had created a large, wet circle on the sweatshirt I had tied around my waist. Everyone had a great view of my wet bum, and for weeks I was known Jimmie-smell. Yup, definitely not one of my proudest moments.

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? Leaving home is hard. I know you don’t believe it now because if you are like I was, you are SO ready to leave. But then you get the flu, food poisoning, and a concussion within a month, and you realize just how much you miss your mom. Oh, and you WILL actually have to study and do more homework your first month in college than in your whole high school career.

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? Jesus.

What is your biggest fear? I fear dying before I have accomplished everything I wish to accomplish.

Sum yourself up in three words:Sarcastic, adventurous, strong-willed.

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. My single-most favorite moment from my DYW experience happened a little after nationals. One of the girls from our program lost her father a few weeks after the competition had ended. Another girl from the program came up with the idea to do a video compilation of all of us sending our condolences and favorite bible verses/quotes. We all came together and ended up making a great video. It made me realize that the friendships I made during nationals week will last a lifetime. The girls in this program are some of the most wonderful girls nation-wide, and were picked to represent DYW for all of the right reasons. Being a part of this program is a high compliment and an honor. I wouldn’t trade my DYW experience for anything. 

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