Get to Know Sydney Kirkegaard - Distinguished Young Woman of Wisconsin 2013

Name: Sydney Kirkegaard 

Age: 19
Hometown:Franklin, Wisconsin
College: Texas Christian University
Major: BFA in Musical Theatre and minor in Spanish
What is your favorite food: Pomegranates! Yum!
What is your favorite movie: Elf :-)
What is your favorite Christmas/holiday tradition: The night before Christmas day, my parents would assign my three siblings and I a different colored string.  They would string these throughout the house; under chairs, over tables, in between furniture, and even outside in the snow.  We were to follow our individual string through it’s path until it reached our ‘greatest’ present that we would receive that year.
Current #1 most played song on your iPod: Call it what you want by Foster the People
Favorite time of year: FALL! No contest!
Plan ahead OR procrastinate: I usually start out planning, but slowly procrastinate what I had planned…..if that makes sense!
Paper OR plastic: plastic (I’m so sorry Earth)
Glass half-full OR glass half-empty: Half full!! Optimism all the way!
Introvert OR extrovert: Extrovert, I am a theatre major after all :-)
Cats OR Dogs: Dogs
Morning person OR night person: Night Owl
If you could be any color crayon, what would you be and why? Canary Yellow because I love the color yellow.
What would we find in your refrigerator right now? Cookie Dough, mangos, and milk….random but delicious
What is your biggest fear? Any kind of insect
What is the one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own? Time management is your best friend.  Buy a planner, and learn to live by it, and always stay on top of your schedule.  Things will be so much less stressful!
Sum yourself up in four words: Strong-willed, Compassionate, Optimistic
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. I tell this story often because I think it embodies the amazing effect this program has on anyone who participates. My favorite moment was being called as one of the top self-expression recipients at the national competition. This award was so near to my heart because little less than a year before that moment, I was struggling onstage at my local competition. Instead of saying, ‘you were born an original, don’t die a copy’, I forgot the last word and blurted ‘don’t die a dud’. While it gave the crowd a chuckle, I was mortified. To go from such a point of struggle to succeeding at such high levels proves that this program is not only fun and exciting, but life changing as well.

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