1. Makeup is a thing
I knew what mascara was, and I had a powder and chapstick, but that was about it! When everyone arrived at the opening meeting for Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen, we were given tips on hair and makeup. I must have looked very confused because the contestant sitting next to me leaned over and said, “No worries, we’ll make a Walmart run!” That was the start of many things but first and foremost, friendship!
2. Be Flexible and gracious
Things rarely go as planned! The amazing Outstanding Teen director, Amy Rasmussen, gave me some of the most useful advice I have ever heard – always be flexible and gracious.
3. Fake it ’til you make it
Alongside being flexible and gracious, sometimes you may not feel like the most confident, prepared, or qualified person in the room. That’s when you have to fake it ‘til you make it! A confident woman is a successful woman.
4. Be prepared
My most memorable moments came when I wasn’t wearing my crown or sash at an official event. Choosing to live your life as a servant and always looking for ways to serve allows you to meet so many more amazing individuals.
5. I have the world’s best microphone
When you have a crown on your head, people listen. Your voice can reach much further! That is something to remember even when you don’t have the crown on your head. As well as the crown being a microphone, it makes the wearer approachable. As a titleholder, you will influence many lives, but you will have so many more incidences where your life will be changed.
Life is a learning experience. I learned so many life lessons in the short year I represented the state as Miss Utah’s Outstanding Teen. As Miss Utah, I’ve applied these lessons to my year of service and continued to add to them. The experience of competing in the teen program changed the course of my life, and I am so grateful!
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