What I've loved about this year especially, in school and life, is that I've learned so much about myself. I had a bad habit of underestimating myself. I'm not sure why, but I almost automatically assumed I couldn't do something. This past month, I've been proving myself wrong. And it feels so good.
I recently competed in a Miss America local that I truly didn't think I could pull off. I don't know if a lot of people know this but pageants are HARD. You have to be interviewed not only about your resume and personal platform, but I was asked questions about our political climate, tuition, and even the Kardashians. I haven't been in a situation like that in over a year and I must say I loved the challenge. I then had to compete in a swimsuit portion, talent and then evening gown.
I must say I really enjoy the pageant culture in the Miss America Organization. Every girl I competed with was incredibly friendly and although a lot of them knew each other, I feel like I left that theatre with 10 new friends. Something that meant a lot to me was being there with Miss Massachusetts. I really look up to her and I am happy that we were in the situation that we were. She is a wonderful example of someone who was not only a wonderful representative for Massachusetts, but someone to look up to.
With all of that going on, I am also opening a show!!! I'm so excited for this piece. The music is absolutely stunning. And our stage direction and choreography embodies everything Bernstein meant with his orchestrations. I'm proud of this piece and cannot wait to share it with my colleagues, friends and family.
I'm looking forward to the rest of this semester and this summer. Only good things can come from all of this. Mostly though, I'm thankful.