Age: 18 (whoops I already spoiled that one)
Hometown: Most recently — Farmington, UT. Actually, my dad was an officer on nuclear submarines in the US Navy, so I’ve moved around A LOT (13 times). Most of the time when people ask where I’m from, I just say the USA.
College: Utah State University — GO AGGIES!
Major: Public Relations (minor: Music)
What is your favorite food? Chocolate pudding. I know it’s random, but I really think I might have an addiction. So. So. Good.
What is your favorite quote? “Don’t you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. You keep your chin up. It will be all right in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come.” -Jeffrey R. Holland
What is your favorite holiday tradition? Pie for breakfast on Thanksgiving. I mean think about it, it only makes sense! Pie is the best part of the feast, and by the time you’ve finished stuffing yourself with useless things like potatoes and turkey, you don’t have any room left! Thus, we solved the problem by waking up to at least five varieties of pie, my favorite of which is the boysenberry.
What is your favorite time of year? Any time there is snow in the mountains. I’m a crazy snowboarding fanatic, so when there’s powder on the slopes, life is good.
Plan ahead OR procrastinate? Well I would like to say plan ahead, but we all know I’m all about that 3 AM exam cramming life.
Paper OR plastic? Honestly I’ve never had to deal with this question before coming to college a couple months ago, when I realized now I have to buy my own groceries. But I’m definitely a plastic kinda gal.
Glass half-full OR half-empty? It depends on the day, but I think most of the time it’s looking pretty much half-full.
Cats OR dogs? DOGS. Cats are of the devil (plus I’m allergic).
Morning person OR night person? Honestly? I’m a middle of the day person!! When the sun is at its highest point, so am I.
Biggest fear? CAVES. They terrify me. Actually, just anything that involves heavy rock that could fall on me totally freaks me out, including tunnels and things like that. Whenever we’re road-tripping and drive through a tunnel I just have to close my eyes and go to my happy place.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, with whom would it be? Taylor Swift, hands down! She literally lives the dream: touring the world, performing the coolest music ever with the coolest people ever and having the coolest fans ever (including me;). Plus she’s gorgeous, so I wouldn’t be mad about that either.
What is one thing you wish someone had told you about college life that you had to find out on your own?
What is one goal you have set for yourself and achieved?
Sum up yourself in three words. Passionate. Loud. Hungry.
Describe your single-most favorite moment from your Distinguished Young Women experience. At the Utah DYW program, we got to dress up as princesses and go to the local Make-A-Wish Foundation office to have a party with all of the terminally ill kids involved with Make-A-Wish. I wore a Belle dress, since she is my princess look-a-like and my favorite. The party was almost magical, as we danced around with all of the little girls to the music of the Disney princess movies. I bonded specifically with a little girl named Adriana, who had lost all of her hair to leukemia. I met her family and danced around with her and her brothers and had so much fun. As the party started wrapping up and we packed up to leave, Adriana came and found me and gave me a little homemade card that read “Thank you Belle -Adriana” with a cute drawing of Belle on the inside. She gave it to me and gave me a suffocatingly tight hug. I just cried the whole way home. Her sweet spirit had touched my heart in a way I’ll never forget, and in that moment I realized the potential I have to be a happy influence in the lives of people around me, children or otherwise. And I have DYW to thank for exposing me to that kind of tender growing experience and many others.