Get to Know Madison Beumee - Distinguished Young Woman of New Jersey for 2015

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Name: Madi Beumee

Age: 18

Hometown: Denville, NJ

College: Syracuse University

Major: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theater

What is your favorite food? Shrimp Tempura Roll

What is your favorite TV show? “Gossip Girl”

What is the current #1 most played song on your iPod? “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross

What is your favorite quote? “Breathe. It’s only a bad day, not a bad life.” –Johnny Depp

What is your favorite time of year? The Holiday Season (from Thanksgiving to Christmas)

Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Plan Ahead

Paper OR plastic? Paper

Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Glass Half-Full

Introvert OR extrovert? Extrovert

Cats OR Dogs? Dogs

Morning person OR night person? Night Person

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? I would love to trade places with Blake Lively for the day! I am both a huge Gossip Girl fan and a huge fan of her adorable husband Ryan Reynolds! I think it would be so cool to see what her daily life consists of and what it is like to attend a huge movie premiere!

What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? I wish someone had told me that in college my biggest critic is myself. In high school I was so concerned with how I looked and what I was wearing 24/7. When I got to college I was so relieved to see that basically anything was acceptable. Running to the dining hall makeup-less in your pajamas or walking around campus sweaty after the gym? Perfectly acceptable! College is not only about figuring out what you want to wear on a day to day basis, but more important discovering who you are and what you want to do with your free time and such.

What is one goal you have set for yourself and achieved? What is one goal that still remains to be achieved? Years ago I dreamed about attending school for Musical Theater, but little did I realize how hard that would actually be. Attending a rigorous performing arts program at a college, involves the application process, but both video submissions and live auditions as well. Additionally, because some of these programs are so competitive (acceptance rates can be as low as 1%), I had to apply to a large number of schools. The year long process that involved all of this was incredibly grueling and draining, at times it felt as if I would never achieve my goal, but alas all my hard work and time management paid off, and I am happy to say I am studying Musical Theater at Syracuse University. Though I have achieved this goal, there are plenty more that I have set and am working toward achieving. My main goal at the moment is to experience everything I can at college and work hard to grow within my craft.

Sum yourself up in three words. Energetic, motivated, and passionate.

What do you want to be when you grow up and why? I would love to pursue the performing arts when I’m older. Whether it’d be on Broadway, national tours, or a Rockette, performing is what I hope to do for the rest of my life. I love how a performer has the ability to make an audience feel an incredible array of emotions through text, music, and dance.

Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. Admittedly, picking just one thing about my Distinguished Young Women experience has been an incredible challenge. My DYW experience turned what was just intended to be a scholarship application, into two incredible weeks in Alabama, becoming a role model for younger girls, and a sisterhood with 49 other individuals with the same passion and motivation as myself. After looking through photos and reading through my journal I had written at the time, I realized how my favorite moment of my experience had to have been my Host Family and roommate. I was incredibly fortunate to have gotten to stay with such a caring family and amazing roommate. They are definitely one of the main reasons as to why my experience at Mobile was what it was. I know for a fact that they will be individuals in my life for many years to come.

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