I realize I waited a while before posting any kind of reflection on my time at Miss America. In a way, some of my experiences are personal. I think there's many things you would simply have to experience to understand. It's special, something only the next Miss America classes will understand. However, I thought I would share answers to the most common questions I receive. In no particular order, here we go........
1. Was it fun?
Of course! The whole two weeks are full of exciting events, meeting incredible people. and constantly remembering you are at MISS AMERICA. There are so many crazy memories from those two weeks its hard to put them into words. But yes, so much fun.
2. Are the girls nice?
Ya'll...YES. I think it's so funny when somebody says "its okay, you can tell me". I'm not lying! I absolutely loved the girls who competed this year. Remember, these are the cream of the crop, the most driven and successful women across the country!!! We had so much fun together. Is it a competition? Yes. But there's also nobody else who quite understands what this is like except the girls beside you. We hold each other up, we celebrate each others victories, and we encourage each other when we start to feel tired or worn down. I am so so lucky to have met these beautiful girls. I love them to pieces.
3. How did it feel when you didn't make finals?
It hurt. I thought of all the people back home who were probably watching. I wondered what it was that didn't help me make the cut....and then I watched some of my best friends compete. I screamed and hollered as my friends continued to move on, and I FLIPPED OUT when Cara won Miss America. Sure, I wanted my shot...but I got it already. I was standing on the Miss America stage. Out of all the women in Kansas, I was the representative. So there's really no place to be upset. I received the opportunity of a lifetime and I am forever grateful for that. Plus, I can say I know Miss America ;)
4. What was your favorite part about competing?
Talent. Which probably shocks nobody. I've been dreaming about singing on the Miss America stage for years, but it really didn't hit me until after I did it. Oddly enough I felt extremely calm during competition. There were no nerves, just peace. So when I walked on to the stage, I was ready and focused. My brain was on autopilot and it was time to sing. Let me tell you, I was LIVING on that stage. Ugh, it was so much fun. But it was right after I hit my last pose, heard the crowd scream, and turned around that I truly realized what had just happened. As I turned around I saw "Miss America" across the screens....and I immediately started crying. I just sang on the Miss America stage...something I will remember forever.
5. So is Miss Pennsylvania just amazing?!?!
Funny enough Katie May, all the girls in KS are obsessed with you! Which makes sense because same. Yes, my roomie is amazing. Yes. she truly is that funny. Yes, it was really fun watching her advance on finals night. Yes, she is "bringing saxy back". Yes, we ate a lot of food in our hotel room. Yes, she's that happy all the time. Yes, I miss her a lot.
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Be Unstoppable Darlings,
Loves Jesus, coffee, and tacos. Dedicated to loving people and empowering others. Current Miss Kansas through MAO.