Get to Know Natalie Stoker - Distinguished Young Woman of Idaho 2013

Name: Natalie Stoker
Age: 18
Hometown:Idaho Falls, Idaho
College: Brigham Young University
Major: Business Marketing Management & Photography
What is your favorite food: Pumpkin Pie! And any of my mom’s home cooking   
What is your favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars & Once Upon A Time
What is your favorite movie: Pride & Prejudice
What is your favorite Olympic sport: Rhythmic Gymnastics, Figure Skating, & Men’s Swimming
Current #1 most played song on your iPod:  “Girls & Boys” by Good Charlotte
What is your favorite quote: “The smile when you lose comes quick like a whip, the smile when you lose… now that’s sportsmanship.”
What is your most hated household chore: Putting away holiday decorations
What is your favorite time of year: Middle of the summer at Independence Day. Our town puts on a huge celebration complete with a parade and the biggest firework show west of the Mississippi!
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Plan ahead
Paper OR plastic? Paper
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty? Half-Full
Introvert OR extrovert? Extrovert
Cats OR Dogs? Dogs
Morning person OR night person? Both… just depends on if there is something important happening! I can wake up or stay up for anything.
What is your most embarrassing moment? At my school, we have a Mr. IFHS “pageant” where senior boys compete for the title by doing a talent and other categories. When I was a sophomore in high school, my ballroom dance partner decided to participate. I was so excited to dance in a show for our whole school! The night came for our performance, and I sat waiting in the stands until our number was up. The time came and my partner was waiting down in the center of the floor for me to come from the audience. As I jumped down the bleachers and ran across the floor in front of the whole audience… BAM. I fell flat on my face right before reaching my partner. The whole crowd went silent. It took me a few seconds, laying there, sprawled out on my stomach, to realize I could either cry or laugh it off. I decided my only option was to stand up, wave, and give a big, embarrassed smile before starting my dance.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Being a poor college student… you wouldn’t find much! But I do like to keep some fresh fruit on hand along with some Greek yogurt, tortillas, ketchup, and whole wheat bread.
What is your biggest fear? I have always been TERRIFIED of scary movies. Ever since watching Arachnophobia when I was little, anything even somewhat thrilling gives me the worst nightmares! Even now the smallest shadow or littlest surprise makes me jump and scream! I will happily stick to Disney or romantic movies from now on. I also hate swimming pools. I will happily lay out to get a tan, but I will stay as far away from the blue water as possible.
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? College is what you make of it! There are going to be a ton of new people, new challenges, new classes, and a completely new atmosphere. A lot of kids can’t wait to get out of their hometown and go on to a new life, letting go of all the past drama of high school. But the experience of college, whether good or bad, all depends on you. It can either be the happiest or worst of times. Get out there and have the time of your life! No one remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep:) Always look for an opportunity to make a new friend whether you’re at the library, gym, or even at the grocery store. You never know how that little extra smile and conversation can affect the rest of your college experience.
What is one goal you have set for yourself and achieved? What is one goal that still remains to be achieved? All throughout high school I was part of the yearbook staff. I was one of the main photographers and was an editor my senior year. My biggest dream has always been to be on the sidelines at college sports games taking pictures. I made it a goal to be there one day. During my first week of college, I decided to interview for a job at BYU’s newspaper, The Universe. Lo and behold, after showing them my portfolio, I was invited to be a part of the staff. Having not declared a Journalism or Photography major, and being a freshman, I was so lucky to have been offered a spot! My dream is all ready coming true as I’ve all ready been on the sidelines for soccer, football, and basketball games! One goal I have yet to achieve is passing my Econ 110: Principles and Problems class here at BYU. Being the most failed class on campus, it’s a pretty daunting task to take it as a freshman. I only hope that at the end of the semester the fifteen hours I spend a week will pay off when I take the final!
 Sum yourself up in three words. Trustworthy, Responsible, Content.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. It’s hard to pinpoint just one moment that has been my absolute favorite! There are so many wonderful experiences that come through participating in the Distinguished Young Women program. If I had to choose one, it would be during my two-week stay in Mobile. My favorite event was the two dances we had. The first was country dancing after a long, hot tour of the battleship. This was the first opportunity we had to just take a break from practicing routines. I still remember dancing next to Amie Sessoms (North Carolina) and just going crazy! We let all of our stresses out and danced to our hearts content. We weren’t worried about following the steps exactly; we only cared about having a good time. That following weekend we also had the Mardi Gras dance at the museum. After a long week of learning routines and going to events all around Mobile, we finally got the chance for another night off! Each of us felt like a princess all dressed up in formals, being escorted down a marble staircase as our names were announced to the whole crowd. Oh and did I mention there were handsome boys at the dance too? That night was absolutely incredible! The volunteers in this program go above and beyond to make sure our experiences are unforgettable. Distinguished Young Women has given me so many opportunities to make wonderful new friendships. I am lucky to pass fellow DYW sisters each day on my college campus that participated with me at the local, state, and national level. I can’t imagine where I would be if I hadn’t chosen to be in my local program almost three years ago!

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