You competed at the Miss Colorado USA Pageant. What is your most memorable moment from the pageant ?
Yes this past weekend I competed in the Miss Colorado USA Pageant and placed in the Top 15 finalists. The most memorable part was meeting the most incredible women and having the opportunity to learn each other's stories. It was also a huge honor to be named Miss Photogenic by the judges. The pageant was an empowering yet humbling experience.
Tell me something about yourself and your work. What do you actually do, and have done in the past?
I currently work as an administrative assistant in the Transplant Clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. I am also currently going to school to receive my EMT license this coming May. I received my Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Saint Mary (USM) in Kansas in 2016. I majored in Biology and also double minored in Chemistry and Business. I was a biochemistry research intern at the University of Kansas Medical Center, an undergraduate science and math tutor, the Vice President of the Science and Math Club, and the Secretary of the Health Care Careers Club during my undergraduate career.
The summer after I graduated from college I received a grant from my university to embark on a medical service trip to Costa Rica through the International Service Learning organization. I was teamed with medical students and received hands-on training from doctors in order to provide healthcare for under-served, rural communities. It was humbling and heartbreaking to leave Costa Rica knowing that so many more people were in need of healthcare. Through my involvement with ISL I gained valuable lessons of a lifetime. My trip was one of the most eye-opening experiences and has forever changed my life.
What would you advise any young girl out there who has a dream of being a queen one day?
My message to younger women would be to not be afraid to create your own path for yourself. Do not be afraid to be different or to voice your opinion. You do not need to fit a certain mold or fulfill any other person's vision but your own. Go after what you want. You have all the capability to create the life you've always dreamed of.