Get to Know Rachel Tunney - Distinguished Young Woman of South Carolina 2013


Name: Rachel Ruth Tunney   

Age: 18

Hometown:Charleston, South Carolina
College: Auburn University
Major: Fitness, Conditioning and Performance with a Business minor
What is your favorite food: Blue Crabs
What is your favorite TV show: How I Met Your Mother
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: Driving around the neighborhood in the back of Dad’s pickup to see all the houses decorated!
What is your favorite quote: “A diamond is only a lump of coal that did well under pressure”
What is your most hated household chore: Cleaning my room
What is your favorite time of day: 10 am (My new wake-up time at college!)
Plan ahead OR procrastinate: Procrastinate
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: Night
What is your most embarrassing moment? I had the part of Clara in the Nutcracker. During the partnered dance, I went for a turn en pointe and fell completely on my face. I still cringe when I think about it!
What would we find in your refrigerator right now (if you have one)? Cheese sticks. In college, they’re perfect for on-the-go breakfast, especially when I hit the snooze button!
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? Nutrition is so important. It’s hard to have balanced meals without putting forth a significant amount of effort; your parents aren’t there to remind you to each vegetables or fruit, and if your meal plan is like mine, it can be hard to find ‘fresh’ food on campus. Drinking water is the most important thing to remember while you’re in college because you simply forget to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Sum yourself up in three words. Strong. Confident. Tiny.
What do you want to be when you grow up and why?A New Yorker. I plan to audition for dance and character roles on and off Broadway after college and teach group fitness on the side.  
·     Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. College has been a world wind of adjustments- adjustments to culture, adjustment to study habits, adjustments to sleep patterns, and adjustments to my own personal lifestyle. Recently, I was fortunate enough to take a break from school and, for the weekend, ride with Avian Brown and Jean Elizabeth Miles to Houston County’s local program. Our girl getaway was the perfect refresher; I got to hang out once more with girls who were just like me. The Distinguished Young Woman program brought me not only two beautiful role models, but also two amazing friendships that will last a lifetime. The trip reminded me of how blessed I am to have these girls at my school and in my life. We were complete goof balls for the entire weekend! Anyone would have thought that we had been close friends for years. When I’m with Avian and Jean Elizabeth, I see all the other girls I was so lucky enough to meet over the summer. It’s true at every level of this program- the new friendships with all the girls are truly the greatest memories you take with you. 

  • Anonymous

    23rd Oct 2013 at 18:49

    How does it feel to be the most celebrated person in South Carolina? We are all so proud of your accomplishments! It must’ve been hard to get to the top, beating out so many over-qualified contestants. You’re such an inspiration to young girls everywhere, teaching them to be just like yourself. One day, I hope my daughter becomes the graceful, distinguished young woman Rachel Tunney is! One can only dream, right?

  • Anonymous

    17th Feb 2014 at 03:53

    the truth of rachel ruth… really?

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