Get to Know Katelyn Pyfer - Distinguished Young Woman of Colorado 2013

Name: Katelyn Pyfer 
Age: 18
Hometown:Castle Rock, CO
College: BYU (Brigham Young University)
Major: Social Sciences Education with a minor in Math Education
 
What is your favorite food: Large Steak Salad from Costa Vida – Especially when you order in Spanish…I always manage to get more steak in my salad when I do that 😉
 
What is your favorite movie: While You Were Sleeping – There are so many quirky and funny moments in that movie that totally remind me of my family, that I’m left laughing my head off in my dorm room.  My roommate probably thinks I’m crazy.
 
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: Our family does a Sibling Gift Exchange each year, which is pretty much like a Secret Santa, but you get a sibling and you give them one gift on Christmas that is under $30. It’s fun to try to guess who has you that year and to see how stealth all of your siblings are being at getting other family members to ask you questions in order to pinpoint what you want. Not only that, but I just feel such a connection with the person that I have that year. I gain a much better understanding of their needs and wants and I love them all the more.
 
What is your favorite quote: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.” – Winston Churchill
 
What is your most hated household chore: I HATE clearing the table. You have to estimate the right Tupperware to use based off of how much is in the serving dish and you have to know what to save and what to throw out and where it all goes. And THEN you have to find space for it in your “overly left-overed” fridge, and that’s just a nightmare.
 
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Depends on what needs to get done. Major assignments – I usually plan ahead and space out the work time on them. Reading assignments or online quizzes – usually get to them about ten minutes before they’re due.
 
Paper OR plastic? Definitely plastic. Paper always comes out in your food or it gets in your mouth. Plastic is the way to go.
 
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? My first instinct is to look at the glass half-empty.  But my friends and family remind me that my glass is half-full. And over time, I’ve grown to look at the positive and appreciate the water I already have in my glass.
 
Introvert OR extrovert? More of an introvert. I need my alone time in order to feel rejuvenated and happy…but I do like balance. If I’m by myself for too long, I get lonely.
 
Cats OR Dogs? Neither. However heartless this may seem, I don’t like animals.
 
Morning person OR night person? Night person. I am my most creative self after everyone has gone to bed and I’m left to just think and imagine with me, myself, and I.
 
What is your most embarrassing moment? I’ve played the organ for my church congregation since I was 11. And just as a quick organ tutorial, so you can understand my story: Some buttons on the organ, turn on multiple other buttons on the organ. These buttons determine the sound of the music. Anyway, I was playing the organ one Sunday for the closing hymn, and I was trying to turn up the volume on the organ with a pedal at my feet. But instead of hitting the volume pedal, I hit one of the buttons that turns on other buttons. And it just so happened that this button turned on ALL OF THE BUTTONS ON THE ORGAN!! Here we were, singing the last hymn, and we have the chimes and the bells and the waldhorns and the trumpets and all manner of chaos accompanying us. I think I might have killed the chorister, too, since she was grasping her heart as though I was giving her a heart attack. I didn’t know what had happened at first, but I soon realized that I had all but blown up the organ, and so I reset the buttons and continued playing. The congregation was wide-eyed and giggling as we finished the hymn and all three heads of my bishopric turned to look at me as if they were saying, “Is there a problem over there?” I was so traumatized that all I could do was either laugh or cry…so I just laughed…and then died on the inside.
 
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? Rapunzel. If I had magic hair that could heal wounds and make me young forever, that would be awesome! PLUS, who doesn’t want to be married to Flinn Rider???
 
What is your biggest fear? My biggest fear is never being happily married. And however “dependent” that sounds, I just long for someone to love and cherish and respect me and for me to love and cherish and respect him back. There’s a lot of love in my heart, and I’m so scared that I won’t ever find the person that I feel comfortable giving that love to forever.
 
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? Boys are still boys, whether they’re 15 or 23.  So yep, they’re still going to drive you crazy, and yep, you’re still gonna like them.
 
Sum yourself up in three words. Sassy, hard-working, introspective
 
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. My favorite moment of DYW was at Camp Grace during the National Program.  Now, before you start thinking that I’m an outdoorsy type of girl, please realize that this experience happened on air mattresses in an air-conditioned cabin that we slept in. All of us girls had gotten ready for bed, and before lights went out, a group of at least 7 of us all laid around in a circle and talked about boys and our most embarrassing moments and other personal topics. It was so awesome to be giggling and sharing and talking with each other. We even got in a bit of trouble, because we continued to giggle and talk after the lights went out. But we were just so excited about getting to know each other, and we all had such fun stories to tell, that even some annoyed “shh-ing” couldn’t keep us from bonding.

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